Banded side steps….ooooh so fancy and sexy! 🤣But really, there is an over-obsession with the banded side step exercise in the fitness community and most don't really need to do this exercise if they are already healthy and strong as the maximum voluntary isometric contraction (MVIC) for the gluteus medius in the exercise is not even at an adequate level for true strength gains (<40% MVIC). However, in the rehab setting, the banded side step and all its variations (e.g. monster walks) are great for re-training proper movement patterns and neuromuscular control. Furthermore, bands are a great way to increase the MVIC in the exercise and challenge the patient even further.
This article will feature 5 different phases of a dynamic basketball prehab warm up. The dynamic warm up will be broken up into dynamic mobility, glute activation, core activation, agility activation, and plyometric activation. Each of these 5 phases plays an important role in improving basketball performance.
The scapula is one of the least congruent joints in the body. There is no bony articulation between the scapula and the thorax. This is why the scapula can move so easily, essentially it is a free floating bone that can move into protraction/retraction, elevation/depression, anterior tilt/posterior tilt, internal/external rotation and upward/downward rotation. This video will help you visualize scapula movements. We can not change the structure of this scapulothoracic joint, however we can improve scapular control! Scapula position is almost fully determined by the pulling of muscle groups that attach onto the scapula. The scapula is the core of the upper body, this is where force comes in through and gets distributed out of. This article will demonstrate exercises that you can do on your own to improve your scapula control.
Serratus Anterior, which is also known as the “Big Swing Muscle” or “Boxer’s muscle” due to its effectiveness in protracting the scapula. Not only does this muscle have a cool name, but it is also needed for a plethora of arm movements; whether it be an open chain movement (punching/grabbing something out of the cabinet) or a closed chain movement (pushups, planks, downward dogs, or handstands). Due to its large role in stabilizing the scapula, inadequate strength here is often the culprit of Scapular Winging. This article will demonstrate the best serratus anterior exercises to improve activation and control of this scapular stabilizer!
When it comes to performing pull-ups, whether it’s accomplishing your first rep ever, or chasing a new PR, using proper form will make or break your success, and can help keep your body feeling good. The pull-up is a very technical exercise and is one that involves so much more than simply moving your body to and from the bar. While upper body strength matters, your entire body must work as a synchronized unit, and there are many components that will ensure you are performing pull-ups to your full potential.
This article will cover lateral ankle sprain advanced exercises & techniques. We have written a previous ankle prehab article on how to prehab your ankles and initially manage a lateral ankle sprain. However, how do you get the ankle back to 100%? What exercises should you include in the athlete's training sessions to best prepare them for returning to play? What can clinicians do hands-on to rehab and help support a lateral ankle sprain? Read more to find out!
While our focus is on prehab, such as finding the weak links in your movement system and addressing them through specifically targeted exercises, we are big advocates of barbell training and we do so regularly. That being said, not everyone is a fan of (or comfortable with) getting under a barbell - especially in the rehabilitation setting. So if you are unable to get your clients or patients under the barbell and are looking for exercises that elicit similar electromyography (EMG) activity to the traditional back squat, look no further than the rear foot elevated split squat aka the Bulgarian split squat! In this article, we are covering everything you need to know about Bulgarian Split Squats including the why, alignment, set-up, and variations!