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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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    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…