Monday, June 29, 2009
It is the "pirate ship" concept. That is, a ship mast (spine) with a skull on top (head), with 2 sets of guy wires attached. An "inner unit" (multifidus, TA, Ext. Oblique et al), and an "outer unit" (erector spinae, rectus ab. et al). The inner unit providing inter segmental stability, with the outer unit in control of column movement in general.
My question was, what would happen if you took this model and tossed it in the air (gymnastics, platform diving etc)?...or tossed it in a swimming pool upside down or on it's side (swimming)? Is not core stability required in these environments?
I believe the problem is spine stability is interchangeably used with core stability. That's where we get the concept of the core as a "rigid pillar". Core strength expressed as "stiffness", connotating something isometric in nature. It's very rare someone injures their spine lying down, so this makes sense.
But when we think of core, we're not only thinking the external's influence on the internal, we are also thinking vise versa. That is, the role of the core in ACL prevention, or hustling up off the ground after a fall. I've seen McGill's bracing exercises used in ACL prevention programs. Is this the proper application of a bracing exercise?
Juan & other physios & A.T.'s that treat backs, I would really enjoy your input on this. Did Vleeming intend this to be a core stability model?
The following link from THE ONION is a great satire of what goes on at the Jersey shore in the summer, and is not too far from the truth. BadaBing indeed.
Well, I'm refreshed from the long school year & ready to get the blog rolling again.
Friday, June 26, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Saturday, June 13, 2009
I'll be leading the group in a smorgy workout, then giving a long talk on core training. Preparing for this has been an interesting experience. In attendance will be Dr. Dan Cipriani, biomechanics professor at San Diego State. He is the acid test as to whether I'm track or not. But I've really done my homework and certain I'm solid ground. I'll be looking forward to sharing my ideas with my blog readers in the coming weeks to get your input.
I finish at the end of the week with injury prevention concepts for the throwing athlete. Wish me luck.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
It is described on the web site, but there is also a hand out you can get if you call or email them.
However, remember it's all about mostibility- the ability to take advantage of just the right motion, at just the right time, at just the right speed, in just the right plane in just the right direction, not flexibility.
For rehab documentation of functional ROM, I use Gary Gray's 3D testing pole.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
Saturday, June 6, 2009
These gangsta rappers that you hear on the radio singing about how tough life was growing up had a cake walk compared to my mom & dad. Mom grew up through the great depression as an orphan; my dad without a father.
On his 17th birthday my dad and my Uncle Dick dropped out of school & joined the army to send money home to support their mom. They joined the old horse calvary together. It was the only way two poor kids from Brooklyn would ever get to ride horses. Within a year, their unit was mechanized, & at 19 years of age my dad & my Uncle Dick were storming the beaches of Normandy. Omaha beach, dog green sector. As my dad said it, the source of his wildest dreams soon became the source of his worst nightmares.
The calvary unit, which was now 102nd recon, was supposed to set up communication systems once the 1st & 29th cleared the way. Things didn't go that way. The beach got jammed up & they became sitting ducks on the water. They wound up jumping over the side to avoid fire, with 80 pounds of equipment on their backs. Fortunately, dad & uncle Dick were strong swimmers from their summers at the city pools. Others were not so lucky, & drowned.
Only 8 of the 60 soldiers from that calvary unit made it back home alive from world war 2. Fortunately for me, both my dad Joseph sr. & my Uncle Dick were two of them.
Friday, June 5, 2009
JOSPT June '09- "Fitness, Motor competence, and Body Composition Are Weakly Associated With Adolescent Back Pain"
Here's what I get out of this article.
1. This is not the first study to find a correlation between low back pain & increased trunk flexor strength (Newcomer et al in Acta Paediactrica, '96)
2. Watch that waist line
3. I don't think you can have a healthy back without strong, powerful 3D leg strength.
4. The Sit & Reach Test is a waste of time.
5. I said this before in previous posts, but I believe that athletes in sports of a repetitive nature should spend some time in the recovery-restoration process running backwards, throwing with the opposite arm etc.
Monday, June 1, 2009
...hey Jonathon- didn't consider the BUE drivers. Good call. I'm jealous.
Our next question. Notice Marty recommends an anterior pivot lunge combo, perhaps using our BUE drivers anterior this time. Anyone take a guess why?