Article on StrengthCoach- “The Golden Arches”- Max Prokopy


Sports performance coaches should always be working to enhance athletes’ best qualities while mitigating the risky parts of a profile.  It could be nutrition, work ethic, or a bum wrist.  One of the most common tendencies I see is quad- or knee-dominant gait.  Since most athletes run, this is pretty important.  I think most of us combat this tendency.  It’s a constant struggle to get the hips back into the spotlight.

The joint-by-joint approach tells us the knee should be stable.  More precisely, the knee should be mobile in the sagittal plane and stable in the frontal and transverse.  That’s pretty much what running is: control the frontal/rotational forces to safely apply power.  The knee musculature can’t do this by itself.  It needs help from above and below.  Let’s take a look at how we can connect these things for a more robust athlete.

The Hip

A good coach won’t need much convincing on the value of the glutes.  They have the best lever arm and muscle fiber type for the job.  There is a place in our world for hip isolation exercises.  I’ll simply say I prefer to teach or tune core stability first.  McGill, DNS, PRI, and a bunch of other paradigms would seem to converge on this basic concept.  Whenever experts from a bunch of different approaches tell me the same thing, I’m going to listen.

The Foot

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