Reading a round table discussion last night from a group of U.S. strength coaches. Let me summarize what I learned.
1. Barbell squats of ANY type are BAD and should NEVER be done.
2. There is an ANTERIOR and POSTERIOR chain that are separate entities, and need to be trained that way.
3. The glutes are not activated by ground, gravity, and momentum like the other muscles of the body. They need plenty of supine sagittal plane bridge work to fire properly.
4. Athletes must be trained on how to properly activate the lower extremity.
5. Every athlete must static stretch/self myofascial release before every workout.
6. Glutes and hamstrings MUST be emphasized over the quads. Machines that isolate the "posterior chain" help.
7. Use the FMS to evaluate physical competency to do a sport.
One of the things I love about the GAIN network is the diverse background of the group- geographically, culturally, and knowledge base. While it's the Gambetta method that unites us, we definitely have a wide variety of opinions on how to get from point A to point B. And understand there are many ways to get to Rome sort of speak.
At least in the U.S., I see a lot of intellectual isolationism going on in this profession. You could easily be led to believe for instance that,
1. Tom Myers fascial work from 10 years ago has never been expanded upon.
2. The efficacy of the FMS has never been studied.
3. Muscles function independently of modern motor control theory.
4. Human tissue has the same mechanical properties as plastics and metals.
I know sometimes I come across as just saying things for the sake of being different. And, I also understand that sports medicine is a discipline that has always been driven by the practitioner first. But always remember I'm not just some internet guy- I make no money with this blog. I earn my living being a real life ATC in the biggest high school in NJ. The time I get to spend with each athlete is limited, and very precious to me. Everything I do has to give me the "biggest bang for my buck".
I can't afford to take wrong turns.