Elastic band drills are all over gymnastics mainly being used as added resistance to hip motion. In the right scenario I think the resistance can be useful. However, I have noticed many gymnasts I work with show huge passive hip motion, but lack the control to access the range actively against gravity alone
One of the biggest things I see is problematic in terms of performance and injury in gymnastics is when we focus so much on mobility, but then neglect the steps that should come after to change movement. These include drills to add dynamic control to the new range, and drills to re-patterning
Why Are My Gymnasts Hip Flexors Still Tight? Video on Hip Mobility/Control Progressions, Reasons 6&7 (Pt 3)
Here is the last installment of the article series looking at gymnasts with ongoing anterior hip mobility restrictions. Last week in Part 2 I went over why core instability matters and the role of motor learning in maintaining hip mobility. The week before I offered Part 1 discussing protective guarding, breathing, and the autonomic nervous system.
Last week I put up Part 1 of this post, talking about some possible underlying drivers of chronic hip mobility issues in gymnasts. Although I narrowed in on hip flexors, the concepts apply to a lot of other regions in the body that seem to be constantly restricted. I talked about protective guarding from
Video Quick Tip Addition To "Why Are My Gymnastics Hip Flexors Still Tight": Teaching Breathing, and When I Let Gymnasts Bend Their Knees During Leg Lifts
After the huge response from Part 1 of “Why Are My Gymnasts Hip Flexors Still Tight?” I had some reader questions related to the concepts of breathing, how the diaphragm influences core stability, and how I go about helping our gymnasts by teaching them these concepts. As coincidence would have it, one