This article will take you through a linear progression very similar to how I approach lower extremity injuries in the clinic. It is imperative to master the fundamentals before working on highly skilled or sports like movements. This progression is inspired by the 'Powers Program' which is an evidenced-based exercise progression developed by Dr. Chris Powers, PT, PHD from the University of Southern California. This program will begin with non-weight bearing isometric holds, don't let these exercises fool you they can still be challenging! We then progress to static double leg weight-bearing exercises then guide you into single leg exercises; we end this lower body exercise program with double leg dynamic strengthening movements. Part two of this article will progress you into single leg strengthening, plyometrics, agility movements, then returning to your desired sport!
Do you have pain in front of your hip with lifting your leg, sprinting, kicking, changing directions, with your leg straight behind you, or simply sitting for a while? It is quite possible you have a hip flexor strain. A hip flexor strain can be a real pain, however, they tend to do really well given the right education, proper exercise prescription, and time. In this article, you'll learn what exactly is a hip flexor strain, what hip flexor strain rehab entails, and hip flexor [P]Rehab exercises to program moving forward.
Hamstring exercises should be a staple in every person's training program. However, you don't have to feel limited to the traditional and boring standing hamstrings stretch and leg curls. In this article, you'll find hamstring warm up and strengthening exercises that are not your average exercises.
Step ups and downs are amazingly simple, yet truly effective in lower extremity rehab. Adding variability to the classic step ups and downs is key to movement proficiency and developing a well-rounded athlete. Have you tried these step up variations before?!
Learn how to master Bulgarian split squats! Whether you call them BSS, rear leg elevated split squats, or rear leg elevated lunges - we are covering everything you need to know about this exercise including why you should do it, alignment, set-up, and variations!