You Can’t Fall Safely IF You Can’t Bend
Joint stiffening exercises that are partial movements such as half squats and split squats, where your knees do not travel over your toes, or half pull ups or chin ups, partial biceps curls, etc.
The list of these exercises go on and on…
Strength coaches and personal trainers who create these programs train more than 90% of the athletes in North America.
Partial movements stiffen joints, shorten muscles, and tighten athletes up so much that when they have to bend they break!
Or should I say POP or TEAR!
Achilles tendons rupture and non-contact ACLs tear, hamstrings pull, biceps and pecs tear.
All of these injuries could be avoided, or the rate of injuries can drastically reduce, with the adherence to three basic principles:
- Training to the full range of motion
- Incorporating exercises with large amplitudes of range of motion
- Train fast and explosively, which builds protective mechanisms in the connective tissue and promotes dexterity in the joints to enhance bendability.