Your training should not be breaking down your joints. Fix it here
Joint mobility is the rage these days when it comes to a complete fitness plan. I’m not saying that it doesn’t play a part in a complete plan but it better be a specifically targeted part if it is going to be effective. People will have you believe that you should rush out and mobilize every joint that you have. That is not only bad advice but it is irresponsible.
In this video, I show you how to start looking at your body a different way to gain a better understanding of how your joints are set up. When you see just how your kinetic chain operates you not only get a better idea of what joints are more likely to need mobilization but why others will benefit most from improving their stability.
Once you see this, you will also gain a better understanding of how to determine the true source of an injury or pain. Most of us will look to the site of the pain to try and find what is wrong. This is often the worst place to look for the answer. Most of the time, the source of a joints pain is located either one joint above or below the site of discomfort or problems. In the case of the knee, it’s very seldom the knee itself that is to blame for the injury. A dysfunctional hip or ankle are far more likely to be the cause of a knee breakdown or injury.
For instance, the knee is simply a hinge joint that goes along for the ride being determined by the position of the femur above and tibia below. Just like a train rides along on a track, the knee rides the track set up by these two leg bones. When the ankle is not mobile enough (or sometimes even too mobile) it positions the tibia in a way that makes it likely to throw the knee off it’s track or proper movement pattern. On the other hand, a hip that is too weak will not be able to control the adduction or internal rotation that is likely to happen to the femur which has major repercussions at the knee.
The answer that many people would suggest is to do mobility drills for the ankle and hip (or worse, to simply rub the knee with ice or strengthen the quads)! Instead, you need to have an understanding of how to identify if the hip actually needs stability and needs to be strengthened and if the ankle needs mobility drills to fix the pain.
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