Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Quick training today:

Narrow Sumo Stance DL - 315 x 5, 5
Full Contact Twist (half way) 25# x 5+5, 5+5

As to the question from yesterday:
No Performance does not equal function.
If we are defining function by your fundamental movement patterns then you might be surprised to find that 9's on the FMS screen are not uncommon among elite athletes.
Considering the highest score possible on the FMS score is 21 than a 9 might not be what you would expect.
Also consider that Low back pain, ACLs and other non-contact injuries are occurring at higher rates than ever despite athletes being bigger, stronger and faster than ever.

If we are bigger, stronger and faster than ever shouldn't injuries be down? If Function equalled performance than they would be.

So what could be the cause?


Unknown said...

Maybe our lifestyles are the cause of so much dysfunction. We "specialize." We get good at sitting in a chair, riding in a car, staring at a computer screen. We are not out playing and moving like we are made to do. We have traded movement for a static lifestyle and maybe that is why we lose our movement patterns.

Even elite athletes probably spend considerable time sitting and doing nothing; at least they did the first 12 years of school. Maybe patterns get lost and without knowing, a coach places fitness or performance on dysfunctional movement patterns.

I guess the question is "how elite could an elite athlete be if all their movement patterns were functional?" Functional movement can improve an athlete's resilience, but can it improve their performance?

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Trinigirevik said...

In my opinion, (which may not count for much), I recall what Jeff O'Connor said in the Kettlebell Secrets Teleseminar series a few months ago. If you have a car that has bad alignment, even though everything else in the car might be working OK, if you speed down the I95, it's a matter of when before you become a wreck.

Elite athletes, I think have a greater need to get their bodies 'realigned' on a regular basis, due to the fact that they drive their bodies to the limit in terms of speed, power and endurance. Just watch the NBA's Tracy McGrady. A sorry case of an exceptional athlete and player, bogged down by injuries that I think could have been prevented. That's what I think.

- said...

Brett and others-

I think the answer to Brett's question lies in the difference in the way that our muscles and ligaments react to our movement patterns and stress that we put on our bodies through exercise of any other movement. Although the muscles may be getting stronger (even through poor movement patterns), poor movement patterns and lack of attention to proper recovery/regeneration are putting ligaments going through a cumulative injury cycle that eventually brings it all to a halt.

Brett Jones said...

Interesting stuff - lifestyle placing us in bad postures and repetitive movements
LIgament/fascial stress can be a big factor

Fundamental movement patterns are where all of this comes "home" so to speak.

Abdiel Rodriguez Nazario said...

The answer is really simple. Athletes are specialists. They spend a lot of their adaptive resources toward very specific tasks. We are not animals so we are naturally generalists. When we specialize we develope certain atributes at the spence of others and that tend to create certain deficiencies at some skills. Functiion should be analize in the context of what we do as athletes or in the context of the general functions of the human body.

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