Training Ourselves Into Movement Dysfunctional Patterns?
Kinetic Integrations emphasizes that Movement Dysfunctions are not only caused by pain or injury, but also because of a sedentary lifestyle, repetitive movements as well as incorrect movements. Although athletes and active individuals are not sedentary at all they are definitely prone to repetitive or incorrect movements.
Most athletes are under the impression that the adaptations their bodies make to the training or the sports activities they constantly are exposed to are good ones. Any baseball pitcher that has a shoulder problem will convincingly argue against that point. When they train hard in spring training, when they throw in the bullpen, when they perform medicine ball upper body drills they are imposing a demand on their bodies. Their bodies then adapt to these demands – often the hope is to get stronger, more fit, faster and throw harder. Unfortunately, training programs and human bodies are not always perfect, so often we don’t adapt the way we want to. Our training and the stresses involved may actually take us out of balance as they may cause movement dysfunctions.
Off course these problems are not exclusive to athletes; the weekend worrier or physically active is dealing with the same issues. Often these individuals think that by mimicking their sports movements (like pitching) in the weight room is helping their “game.” Consequently they do not understand why they have more pain than they did before they started working out.
Many sports require our bodies to repetitively go through postural dysfunctional positions numerous times. Let me refer again to the baseball pitcher – for example, they have to twist and rotate their spine, externally rotated their throwing shoulder and always land on the same foot. If they keep repeating those stresses over and over again, the body will break down.
By performing virtually the same motion repeatedly the body’s central nervous system drives the body to accomplish the goal by any means necessary, even if it creates movement patterns that are dysfunctional and will likely lead to pain.