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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…

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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…