Tag - injury

More mobility isn’t always good…

Earlier I wrote about why I don’t like the “knees out” cue in the squat (parts 1 and 2 here and here). It often comes down to athletes not understanding which muscles to use, and some being too mobile for their own good. They have trouble finding alignment.I also mentioned why not everybody needs the same amount of “mobility work” – working on it can actually predispose some to injury. If you have more passive ROM at a joint than...

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A New Study on Back Pain in the Army

New Insights On An Old Problem A significant study on back pain in US Army soldiers was published this month. Results show that lower leg injury dramatically increases a soldiers risk for back pain. This study reinforces the idea that substantial alterations should be considered in fitness training for soldiers and treatment of injuries.The authors investigated the relationship between past lower leg injury (LLI) and the development of back pain. They examined whether lower leg injury would increase the overall...

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Proof That Good Coaching Matters

There are very few absolutes in the world of performance and nutrition. The most universally hated phrase (“well, it depends…”) is also almost always the most truthful answer, much to the frustration of the person asking the question!There is one study however, that shows without doubt exactly how much having a good coach changes an athlete or soldier’s ability to perform and resist injury.  I want to cover it today because it’s so crucial.It was written by a fantastic...

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