Movement Pattern 6: Overhead Squat

The overhead squat: This movement pattern is one of the most comprehensive movements you should be asked to complete when determining your overall functional ability baseline. Squat down so your knees go below parallel, arms & knees do not move forward past the toes, and the back is in the same angle as your tibias (lower leg bones) We are talking entire trunk extension and shoulder mobility, hip/knee/ankle range of motion PLUS each…

Movement Pattern 5: Stand on One Leg

This is kind of a fun one:  Can you stand on one leg? Not only stand on one leg and have that leg support you, but also lift the opposite leg up to 90 degrees (like the pictures shows).  It should be done with shoes off, though (unlike the picture). Once in this position, can you: Stay up tall?  Not let your leg drop or brace against the stance leg Not move…

Running Form – Do you have imbalances?

This post on running form is going to focus on the common injuries and biomechanical faults I see clinically.  There are multiple soft tissue and muscular-related damages that result anytime you push your body – we are speaking with running specifically in this instance, but it is by no means exclusive to that activity.  I’d like to start with arguably the most commonly injured muscle group, the hamstrings.  It can…

Throwing – Baseball & Softball Strengthening

As far as strength exercises are concerned, we all know several exercises that work our shoulders but aren’t always sure which ones are the best.  Let me start with the exercises that I think should simply be avoided.  Any heavy overhead lifts, shoulder presses, front/lateral raises, deep bench press, or upright rows.  These generally are poorly performed, done with compensatory movements, and can be compressive to underlying structures.  This is not…

Core Stability & Back Pain

This post I would like to address the fundamental rationale for core stability training, as it relates to back pain.  Also, I intend to explain how muscular imbalances contribute to low back pain, specifically.  As a PT, my objective is always to give individuals exercise prescription that relates to his/her intended functional demands – walk, sit, stand, lift/carry, household demands, or athletic endeavors (to name a few) without pain or compensation. …