Tuesday, March 22, 2011

On ground function carryover to upright

Don't be afraid to go to the ground if you think you can get something out of it that can facilitate upright function.  This athlete is using a traditional bridge with a L/R bilateral upper extremity, in sync (arms moving in the same direction) rotational reach.  Real important to keep the elbows locked straight and hands together.  He's using it as a remedial exercise to improve his ability to rack the olympic bar to his shoulders (ie front squat position).  His glenohumeral flexibility is actually not bad, its his thoracic spine and rib cage that have the motion restrictions.  Restrictions of the costovertebral/costosternal joints are commonly created when heavy bench press exercise is overused.  These restrictions are often overlooked as a culprit in shoulder dysfunction.

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