Square Pegs Round Holes


A recent thread on the www.strengthcoach.com forum got me thinking. The question was about using med balls throws that might best be called Reverse Throws?

Bottom line, I think these may be a good way to get hurt. I don’t think there is sports skill that I can think of that involves this type of action. I think this is a great example of overthinking and a better example of square pegs in round holes. Think about this violent action done effectively in the wrong direction. Even though the athlete in the video does a pretty good job getting hip internal and external rotation, think about the havoc this wreaks on the back of someone with poor hip mobility. To me the exercise has two huge flaws.
1- No purpose
2- It looks like it was designed as a way to get injured.
Truth is we used to do these ( because we were copycats looking for variations) but, have not for about 6 years.

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13 Responses to “Square Pegs Round Holes”

  1. Thank you Mike! Definitely safer ways to train athletes. I like that you are making people think and not scared to stir the pot a bit. Keep it up. I look forward to future exercises being brought into the mix on this topic.

  2. Mike. Agree to disagree. I think it goes back to the coaching and deciding who and when its appropriate and when its not. Well coached, not a big risk in my eyes. Yes, an athlete can get hurt, but I’ve also seen videos of lifters getting hurt squatting and I still they are a useful tool.

  3. The sixth goal in the pens game last night Malkin’s third. The movement look a lot like this video.

  4. mboyle1959 Says:

    Jack- I think they are fine as long as the trajectory is more overhead than back. Extension scares me a little but, extension with side bend and rotation is a documented back killer.

  5. mboyle1959 Says:

    I think the track thrower might be the exception.

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