For bracing to occur optimally we must stiffen the trunk and spine through muscular activation AFTER we breathe in. If the muscular brace was to be set before breathing in we would significantly reduce the amount of intra abdominal pressure that can be created because the rib cage would be compressed by the muscular activation of the rectus abdominis, obliques and lats. This compression would reduce the expansion of the rib cage and reduce the amount of air drawn in. You can sit there and try this yourself.. crunch down hard on your abdominal wall and take a full breath in, it will be significantly less air than if you sat and inhaled in a relaxed state. Bracing must occur AFTER the breath in.Read More
For the most part, as soon as tissue tolerance is exceeded an injury will occur. Gradual increase in load exposure over time will strengthen the tissue allowing for a greater tolerance and greater exposure. Exposure to too much load, too quickly and you are back to square one, either in pain or injured. Many factors will influence the tissue tolerance at any one point in time.Read More
The common misconception when it comes to training solely with RPE is that there is no direction in your training and that RPE allows certain lifters to ‘undershoot’ when they want training to be easy and other lifters to ‘overshoot’ when they want to training to be hard and heavy. This is subjective use of RPE and is the incorrect use of the programming system. Even when programming is fully autoregulated, using RPE in your program still needs to have a specific goal for each and every session. Overarching goals of the program must always be adhered to with the prescription of the variables and the execution by the lifter, regardless if the prescription is RPE based or percentage based.Read More
When we look upstream on those who present with shoulder impingement presentations we quite often see a reduced function of one, or all, of these proximal joints. This quite often means that taking the arm through full ranges of overhead movements, as required for the Side Lying Windmill, results in pain at the anterior/ superior shoulder so it is not a great tool to use in these situations.Read More
The rotator cuff does however have great control of the arthrokinematics (sliding, gliding rocking and rolling of the ‘ball’ on the ‘socket’) of the gleno-humeral joint throughout larger, more global movements patterns of osteokinematics. This is a result of the structure of their insertion points on the humerus:Read More
‘Stability’ is a term thrown around by those in the Strength and Conditioning world without much context, particularly for the athlete that doesn’t have much, if any, anatomical foundation. So today’s blog is to provide the foundational knowledge needed to decipher exactly what ‘stability’ means and what influences joint stability.
To understand ‘Stability’ best we must first define 2 key terms:Read More
Are the forearms and shins parallel? The wider stance should allow for a deeper, more upright squat. If there is little improvement from assessment 1 you will need further assessments to determine the restriction. We would recommend looking at ankle dorsiflexion and thoracic extension. If there are significant improvements it is more than likely representative of improve core/ hip stability in the wider position and less dorsiflexion requirement.Read More
In the low bar squat pain typically presents at the wrist, medial elbow, anterior shoulder and sometimes lifters complain about losing feeling in their arms throughout longer duration sets and even experience radiating nerve pain down the back of their tricep, elbow and into the forearm and hand. This nerve pain and loss of feeling is what I want to open up a discussion on today.Read More
Anterior hip pain is pretty common in powerlifters, however, this blog isn’t designed to diagnose what the issue with your or your athletes hip is. I want to talk about our experiences at Strength Culture with people who experience hip pain whilst powerlifting and more specifically, squatting.Read More
A fundamental principle of most strength and conditioning programs is the “pull to push ratio”. This principle dictates that you must balance out your pressing volumes with pulling volumes as to not create muscular imbalances within the body.
In theory, this understanding makes sense. If all you do is bench, dumbbell press and half range push ups with no direct rowing or pulling you are on the fast track to shoulder pain and injury. However, when you break down the osteokinematics...