I can not emphasize enough the importance of balanced strength in today’s athlete. Squats are great and have their purpose, but do you really think you can continue to strengthen the front of the legs and continue to ignore the back of the legs with out consequences?
If your hamstrings are weaker then your quads a few things could happen
- 1.Your hamstrings can tear from the overpowering load of a contracted quad as you extend your leg back from your hip.
- 2.Your speed will decrease as you lose power from the hip flexors and knee extensors because your hamstrings tend to contract earlier to stop the movement so that they are not overpowered by the strong quad.
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Ball and socket joint , allowing movement in all directions.
Range of Motion
Flexion (forward bend) Extension (backbend/lunge) Abduction (legs apart,)Adduction (legs cross midline)
To feel the muscles in action, come to an easy-seated pose, Press down on the knees while trying to lift them, this will lift the low back and tilt the pelvic bowl forward…. say hello to your hip adductors and hip flexors.
In the west, todays athlete spends more time sitting, squatting, lunging and this can cause a decrease in the length and flexibility of the hip adductors and hip flexors.
Often times injury to this part of the body is felt in the groin. I see so many of today’s athletes with weak core, which is so surprising to me. The strength then must come from the quads and the hip adductors, which puts strain on the weaker counter parts, the hamstrings and the abductors. Read the rest of this entry
I see it all the time. Just sitting in yoga class can be difficult for today’s athlete. Tight muscles can cause the lower pelvis to tuck in, rounding the low back all the weight is resting on the tailbone, the heart collapsed and the head drops forward. It even looks uncomfortable. What can Today’s Athlete do to find ease? Lowering knees closer to mat lowers center of gravity towards your pelvic core and helps to decrease muscular effort in an easy crossed legged seated pose. Read the rest of this entry