The importance of mobility in athletic sports is often an opinionated matter between coaches and personal trainers. Unfortunately, the practice of mobility is one of the first components in a training program to be eliminated due to a lack of time, personnel, or other fundamental resources.
Athletes frequently seek movement quality analyses because they want to develop their performance by identifying which movements enhance or prevent athletic functionality. Restricted mobility is oftentimes an obstacle to optimal movement quality.
The example in the picture above illustrates a good example of restricted mobility: the measurements in the hip flexor and front thigh are shortened. These limitations negatively affect strength and conditioning, jumping, and running. Basically, everything an athlete does!
The latter images reflect how mobility restriction has been alleviated and therefore the correct execution can be shared, developed, and applied amongst athletes.
The importance of maintaining good posture in everyday life is essential. Balance and movement control are basic prerequisites for athletic development, which are connected to posture in daily life. For example, sitting for eight hours in poor posture will inevitably start to affect your ultimate performance in sports and physical exercise.
Poor posture often lends itself to poor athletic performance. When you prioritize your mobility, you develop your quality in movement, and ultimately, yourself as an athlete.
We’ve conducted movement quality analyses for over 5,200 clients and came to find that oftentimes, front body measurements are limited (see figure 1). To address this issue, we created three measurements that accurately target the front body:
- Hip Extension 1 (Hip Flexors)
- Hip Extension 2 (Rectus Femoris)
- Shoulder Flexion (Shoulder Extensors)
If any of the above measurements are limited, if often pulls the body into a “hunch”, making it difficult to maintain good posture and athleticism. The solution is to acknowledge the trajectories in these problem areas and strengthen the muscles in the back body.
The world’s top athletes do not suffer from mobility restriction in the front body. Above are examples of several sports superstars.
Interested in learning more about how to measure movement quality? This video will give you a breakdown on what you need to know.
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