Sorry I haven't been posting much lately. We are reaching critical mass here at EHS, hosting our county tournaments & even some state tournaments at our place. On top of that, helping to get our baseball team ready for the spring. Plus a lot of social stuff, christenings, weddings etc. I will get back to posting on a steady basis as soon as things calm down a little. Plenty of topics to get to.
Any way, keep asking questions! JH came up with a good one. He had the opportunity to hear Dr. Stuart McGill speak. JH mentioned Dr. McGill speaks of the importance of "bracing" in back health. Here's my take on it, and I would like the opinion of others if I am on the right track with this:
A lot of McGills work is in the industrial settings, with industrial "athletes" who have to do heavy lifting repetitively for hours at a time. Compounding this is equipment that often constrains these workers to lift in certain patterns. A good example is my brother, who is a pipe fitter. His job often requires him to lift unbalanced loads on a scaffold in tight quarters. He's closing in on 50 now, and has never hurt his back. It's also interesting that his abs are ripped, and the guy hasn't done a situp since high school.
When I asked him his secret, he explained to me how his work often requires his torso to be in one spot while his arms are stretched somewhere else lifting pipe with one hand, and maybe holding a bracket in another. His (unconscious) strategy is to splint his body rigidly in order to hold his balance to accomplish the task without something falling on someone 100 feet below. There is no space to "load" and "explode" as you would on an athletic field.
McGill also makes an interesting point that once a structure is permanently compromised mechanically from an injury, bracing may be a skill that needs to be encouraged & taught. Porterfield & DeRosa agree.
I think this is where Tracy Fober's olympic lifting hybrids could come in handy. A mixture of bracing & ballistic movements occur, and quite subconsciously. It all comes down to chapter 3 in "Athletic Development- The art & science of functional sports conditioning".
1. Analyse the demands of the sport
2. Analyse the qualities of the athlete
3. Understand the common injuries in the sport