A whole body movement exploration for pre-training and pre-competition.
In standing, flex on hip, grab it and pull it high, maintaining tall posture. Step out into a lunge with the right foot. Grab the right foot by right hand, place the left hand alongside it, shoulder-width apart. On exhalation, lunge further into a stretch. Keep the back knee off the ground. Take the right hand off the foot and twist the trunk towards the front foot, raising the right hand towards the ceiling, reaching vertically. Return to the ground with both hands down, then shift weight backwards to create a stretch on the front leg, then step up to the start position and repeat on the other side.
Correcting split squat drills is best done at a subconscious level, since stability is reflex driven, no conscious driven.
The use of a FMT (Functional Movement Tubing) or kettlebell, introduces destabilising force in planes of movement (coronal and transverse) that is perturbing the main plane of movement - sagittal.
In the presence of minimum, or improved, mobility, to get into the start and finish position, the FMT creates reactive neuromuscular training to the pattern, improving the pattern for other training events that require power in a split squat, like the Bulgarian Split Squat.
Linear and lateral movement drills can be used as knee rehab drills. My athlete is a Shanghai Womens Handball Professional with clinical lateral meniscus lesion of the right knee which did not clearly appear on MRI. The Chinese MRI report included femoral and tibial bone bruising, although I couldn't see it on the MRI, so she's being rehabilitated and treated based on clinical signs and symptoms. (Background song - Art vs Science "Friend in the field" & Ben Harper's "Fight for your mind" - they kind of sum up being a sports physiotherapist in China.
Ankle grab whilst walking is a test of dynamic single leg stance control with contralateral hip extension, knee flexion & tibial rotation. Ideally you'd already clear the ankle mobility, split kneeling hip/core control, hip extension, knee flexion and tibial rotation. Then this drill brings together the whole pattern with ankle & knee stability & motor control.
One of the more difficult movement preparation drills - the quad stretch to toe touch - challenges dynamic stability on the stance leg, and mobility on the other leg.
In movement prep, a great drill that follows the high knee march and leg cradle is the quad stretch with hip IR walk. The natural flow of movement of the hip in extension is to rotate into internal rotation. Performing a walking drill over 10 metres, pulling the knee into flexion, hip into extension and applying a little hip internal rotation is a nice way to a) check that hip E and IR is comfortable, and b) lubricate the tissues into this pattern.
When a runner's trunk and pelvis position breaks down, send them back to the wall to assist stability. Cue them to press into the wall, which provides compression sensation to the mechanoreceptors in the spine, via the upper limb. This causes reflex stabilisation, permitting better mobilisation of the lower limb.
Maintain an isometric stance on the ground.
Start with isometric holds (great for achilles rehab) for 10-15 seconds.
Progress to alternating march.
Then to quick switches.
Add a "load and lift" - also part of achilles rehab (except for those who don't tolerate load at length), to check for single leg triple flexion force absorption competency - a great acceleration mechanics drill.
To drill acceleration mechanics
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