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I enjoyed reading this article. I wish every strength and conditioning coach would be required to read it. As I learned coaching in the NFL, if you can't move, you can't play. Obviously, they were talking about speed, but we can use the same phrase for general athletes.

Often times, young athletes will be influenced by poor decision-making coaches who emphasize increasing size and strength will equate to better performance. But again if you can't move your body in an athletic and efficient manner, then you won't be able to play up to the level you could be playing at if you spent more time learning how to move efficiently and correctly. If you are moving efficiently with movements, then you will be better able to produce maximal force when it is needed in your athletic event.

Thankfully, in the last 5-6 years, this way of training is becoming more mainstream, but it will be hindered further by the "old-school" coaches who are deficient in "out of the box" thinking, and in their inability to adapt to safer and better training methods. Strength and conditioning coaches need to keep reading great works by Gray Cook, Mike Boyle, Stuart McGill, Shirley Sahrmann, Eric Cressey, and others in order to stay on top of this new found training methodology that is truly the foundation of all other athletic attributes. Strength and conditioning, along with athletic training and physical theraphy should not be considered a factor in wins and losses, but should be taken into consideration for reducing and treating injuries, recovery, and overall athletic skill improvement.

alexandra demetriou

Good post. Quality movement patterns are not just for athletes! I see so many people in my clinic who come in with vague aches/pains and decreased function because they have poor movement patterns associated with their every day life (work, leisure activities). I wish this type of information would get into the hands of the public in general. We would be a much healthier society.
alexandra demetriou, OTR/L CHT

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