Hockey Thoughts Day 10: Unbalanced Programming?

General things that we know 👉 when overuse/muscle tension increases the antagonist muscle(s) become shortened/inhibited. If a prime mover contracts, the antagonist relaxes. If a certain muscle group is overworked, it’s reasonable to think that the antagonist muscle group is underworked.

How does this apply to 🏒 players❓Things we know due to the demands of the sport 👇

✅ Players tend to have tight hip flexors/anterior hip which means we are more often then not going to s the players with inhibited posterior chains/glutes. An inhibited glute can potentially lead to low back pain, groin pulls, hamstring pulls (though extremely rare in 🏒) and other lower body issues.

✅ Players tend to have a tight anterior shoulder complex which means we are more often then not going to see players with inhibited posterior shoulder complexes. An inhibited posterior shoulder complex can potentially lead to an increase potential of shoulder related injuries.

Our Solution ➡️ we tend to have an unbalanced approach to our programming which slightly more posterior chain work for both the lower body (sled marches, 1-Leg RDL’s, Leg Curls, etc) and upper body (chin up and row variations) which the hopes of trying to facilitate these often inhibited areas and ‘resetting’ the chronic postures seen in hockey

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