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    Why We Don’t Always Reach for the “Bridge” First.

    Why We Don’t Always Reach for the “Bridge” First.

    07/28/2015

    Drop into any gym (or location where re-hab is going on) and you are sure to run into an athlete dutifully grinding away at a set of bridges (hip-thrusts). Ask them (athlete or coach) why and you’ll end up hearing something that rhymes with “glute activation”, “glute strengthening”, or “posterior chain…..”. Go ahead, try some bridging out if you’ve forgotten. It is hard, but not for the reasons you may think. It turns out that in our experience, the bridge may not be the best bang for the buck. This article is NOT intended to point out that the bridge…

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    5 questions with Gray Cook; Part 2: Do You Favor a Specific Style of KB Swing? | Community Post

    5 questions with Gray Cook; Part 2: Do You Favor a Specific Style of KB Swing? | Community Post

    12/23/2014

    Today we bring you part 2 of 5 of our ongoing conversation with Gray Cook. If you missed the part 1, check here. In our practice, we regularly see athletes performing swings overhead without the requisite thoracic and shoulder capacities to be able to maintain positions of high integrity. What we normally see are internally rotated shoulders, bent elbows, overextended lumbar, and forward head on neck tensioning compensation. Yes, you can swing this way (I personally think the overhead swing tells us a TON of information about an athlete both when they are fresh and when they get tired….) but…

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    Moving from Pathology to Function Part I: Shoulder Pain in Overhead Pressing | Pro Episode #81

    Moving from Pathology to Function Part I: Shoulder Pain in Overhead Pressing | Pro Episode #81

    10/08/2014

    Today’s episode highlights the critical need to be able to define and quickly assess movement problems. Our athlete is already well on her way by being able to assess her problem by being able to identify that her problem is related to a specific movement. This stands in sharp contrast to the typical self reporting we see in the clinic (i.e. “My shoulder hurts, coach.” “Like all the time? Like you have shoulder cancer?” “No, when I press overhead I mean.” “Right”.) If you are a coach and athlete, then dollars to donuts you’ve run into this problem at least…