10/18/07

The Old Knee Over the Toe Taboo

Carefully check out this picture. Horror how terrible, look at her knee. Do you think we should take her out of the game and correct her and tell her to be sure to line her knee up with the big toe? Positions like that are dangerous! I want to let you in on a little secret; the knee goes where it has to go and athlete get in extreme positions throughout the course of a game! The key is that it goes there with an element of control. You prepare for these extreme positions by using multidimensional exercises that prepare the body to attenuate these forces. You do not prepare with benign exercises that stress cognitive cues of artificial positions. What exercises? Multi-directional lunges, single leg squats in all three planes, hurdle over and unders and sway drill.

5 Comments:

At 10/18/07, 3:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awesome picture! Another consideration is training the athlete to manage external loads in conjuction with multi-directional training. A lot of time we add a resistance challenge, but the athlete knows where that is and where it is going.

Try using manual contacts or a broom to add an external load variable into your multi-dimensional routine for a contact sport. Oftentimes, they can't or don't get enough of this in practice.

Jeff W
Buffalo

 
At 10/21/07, 12:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vern, Has this player in the photograph been training as you prescribe in the article?
Charles,NY

 
At 10/22/07, 4:04 AM, Blogger Jamie said...

HI Vern

If you happened to see the rugby world cup final between RSA and England this weekend you could have probably taken a photo like that every 20s the whole match. Nobody went off with knee injuries!!

Jamie

 
At 10/23/07, 11:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm pretty confused as to what is meant by:

"Try using manual contacts or a broom to add an external load variable into your multi-dimensional routine for a contact sport."

Could you please explain that further?

Matt

 
At 10/24/07, 9:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vern, Have you trained the player in the picture or has she been following what you prescribe in the article? What about volume of training using multi directional lunges etc. Is that training just for offseason only? Charles,NY

 

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