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    Universal Application or Sports Specific Movement Hack: The Shoulder | Pro Episode #84

    Universal Application or Sports Specific Movement Hack: The Shoulder | Pro Episode #84

    11/03/2014

    We are regularly inundated with requests to comment on specific coaching cues that people witness coaches using. This is especially true in high end sport. Without devolving into a general diatribe about how the internet has even turned my mom into a dead-lifting technique snob/pundit, it is vital to frame every coaching cue you through this lens: “What problem is this coach trying to solve?” If we take the macro view of this question, we are left with the greater and more important question. Namely, why are we training or what is the purpose of your training? There are scant…

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    From Pathology to Function in the Shoulder Part 3 | Pro Episode #83

    From Pathology to Function in the Shoulder Part 3 | Pro Episode #83

    10/31/2014

    In the last two pro-episodes, we’ve covered the need to optimize start and finish positioning as a baseline to creating normal function. Well you ask, “what about the middle?” As it turns out, the principles governing physiology also govern technique. Technique in fact, is the expression of physiology to solve a movement task. Usually, we see the bulk of coaching cues fall into organizing the spine, or creating rotation (like arm pit facing forward, or breaking the bar). When athletes are missing key ranges of motion, are stiff in the prime movers, or aren’t aware that they need to buffer…

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    Pathology to Function Part II: Moving beyond “flexibility” | Pro Episode #82

    Pathology to Function Part II: Moving beyond “flexibility” | Pro Episode #82

    10/28/2014

    Today’s MWod Pro episode is part II in our series about moving from diagnosis to function. If you recall in part 1, we noted that our athlete was missing full range of motion (including stability through rotation) overhead. Today we work backwards and examine her starting position. The MWod template is straight forward, before you go consulting an expert, make sure your athletes have full start, and finish positions. Like starting a dead lift with a rounded back is difficult to correct once under load, so too is reorganizing a compensated shoulder position. When Cawley and Evans originally proposed their…