Benefits of Diaphragmatic Breathing

“If breathing isn’t normalized no other movement pattern will be.” Karl Lewit Diaphragmatic breathing is probably the simplest and easiest thing we can perform with our athletes when it comes to changing and improving movement and performance, yet is constantly overlooked. Proper respiration leads to better posture. Better posture leads to an athlete that is … Continue reading Benefits of Diaphragmatic Breathing

Thoughts on Lower-Crossed Syndrome in Ice Hockey

Last week I wrote a post that touched on Janda’s Upper-Crossed Syndrome and the effect it can have on the hockey athlete. Dr. Janda’s Lower-Crossed Syndrome is classified by a weak/inhibited glute max and anterior core along with tight/facilitated hip flexors and erector spine resulting in a malpositioned pelvis (anterior tilt). This issues commonly cause … Continue reading Thoughts on Lower-Crossed Syndrome in Ice Hockey

Thoughts on Upper-Crossed Syndrome in Ice Hockey

Dr. Janda’s Upper-Crossed Syndrome, classified as weak/inhibited deep neck flexors, lower traps and serratus along with tight/facilitated pectorals, upper traps and levator scapulae, is commonly seen in hockey populations. As a result of this you’ll find manyathletes have malpositioned cervical spine/thorax leading to ‘neck breathing’ and not allowing the diaphragm to work effectively, which leads … Continue reading Thoughts on Upper-Crossed Syndrome in Ice Hockey