Tag: mobility

The Best Core Stability Tests You Can Perform

Two tests this week. First, we are going to look at the hip hinge again. Incredibly important skill to be able to master if one wants to optimally load the hips for athletic movement and lifting WITHOUT putting the back in poor positions. Second, leg lowering is a great tool to analyze the abdominal muscles’ ability to resist lumbar overextension.…

Mobility Minute #9: Bodyweight Overhead Squat Test

One of my favorite tests to use in the clinic has to be the overhead squat test. I have used this test for years since learning the NASM’s Performance Enhancement Specialist system while an undergrad (I use an altered version of their test now). This test is very simple and quick, yet provides a good deal of information regarding an…

Mobility Minute #8: Thoracic Rotation

  Thoracic mobility is very important for overhead mobility of the shoulders as well as decreasing stress on the lumbar spine. To assess rotation, perform the lumbar locked internal rotation that will be described below. If one side is limited, rotation to that side is lacking. If both sides are limited, thoracic extension is limited as well. Begin on knees…

Mobility Minute #5: Hamstring Flexibility

Last week’s Mobility Minute covered the Hip Hinge pattern¬†and how to assess if an athlete has difficulty loading the hips without putting the spine in poor positions. Closely related to the hip hinge is the need for adequate hamstring mobility. Without proper flexibility of this muscle, maintaining a neutral spine during many athletic maneuvers will be difficult. To assess hamstring…

Mobility Minute #3: Hip and Knee Flexion For Squat Depth

One frequent misconception I see in gyms is trainers/coaches blaming hip or knee mobility for a person’s lack of proper squat depth. I feel this is often more of an issue of stability / balance / motor control / ankle mobility (see more on this here). Testing for hip and knee flexion needed for proper squat depth is incredibly easy…have…