Week 6 has completed and it was great to learn more about the hip joints and muscles. This region has some of the biggest muscles in the body and is the powerhouse for movement. The way the body moves from the feet to head, or the head to the feet, loads the hip joints (eccentric) in preparation for an explosive (concentric) unload. The triplane motion of this joint and, in particular the transverse plane internal rotation in gait, enables the buttock muscles to perform ecocentrically. This means the muscle uses its eccentric lengthening to perform concentric shortening, both at the same time.
The primary movement assessed this week was gait. We looked at the front hip and back hip in gait. We took our knowledge of what happens at the foot in gait and learnt the chain reaction up to the pelvis. It was clear that the movements through the chain reaction prepare the buttock muscles to load and then unload powerfully. We also looked at golf and how both hips are loaded in the back swing, in preparation for an unloading powerful stroke.
The webcasts on 3D squat looked at the various combinations of bilateral squat movements using combinations of saggital, frontal and transverse plane positions. (There are 27 possible combinations).
We also added in arm motions and also did triplane motion using single leg balance positions.
We grew our understanding of nomenclature using the SaFTey syntax. The key to assessment is to make the tweaks small at the start and see the clients response and then make the tweaks bigger later. We know the most powerful tweaks can be those planes of motion which are not the primary plane of motion of the joint.
We increased out understanding of nomenclature by learning how to describe exercise movements and how movements are done in reference to a common point called a Tripost.
In AFS Strategies we learnt about the desire of the body for success, to have fun, to be avoid pain. If we can have all these elements in our approach the body will unconsciously want to do the movement.
We finished the Sign language alphabet. It was not that difficult to learn and I look forward to learning some great new phrases.
Overall this week took the concepts of AFS and put it into the function of gait. Great week to consolidate some key principles in tweaking for success