Breathing is NOT Bracing

Breathing is NOT Bracing

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.

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Pain, Injury and Load Management - A Case for 'Correctives'

Pain, Injury and Load Management -  A Case for 'Correctives'

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.

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Side Lying Archer

Side Lying Archer

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.

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What Makes a Joint 'Stable'?

What Makes a Joint 'Stable'?

‘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:

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