Summer Sixteen. Time to Fix Yourself-Part 4
The end of the summer is here and so is the end of our series. As I’ve stated in each of the previous installments, I would strongly encourage you to go back and catch up if you have missed the other three parts. That being said, I am going to proceed under the assumption that in order to solve your pain problem, you’ve started at your hips and worked upstream and downstream from there to address the issue. So you’ve started working to dig up the root of the problem, but there may still be some residual or lingering effects to address. Just because what is hurting you isn’t the heart of the problem, that doesn’t mean it isn’t a problem at all. To conclude the series, we will look at a few parts that may still be bothered by the poor hip and shoulder mechanics that we’ve covered this summer.
This is the big one. Because your hamstrings (the things on the backside of your legs) attach at two of your most-used joints, too much tension can be catastrophic. “Tight” hamstrings can cause significant knee pain and back pain if left alone. Below are a few good ways to keep the hamstrings loose. Are you somebody who constantly has to stretch your hamstrings and they never seem to improve? Then, for goodness sake, make sure your hips are functi0ning the way they were intended to.
In my experience with hundreds of CrossFit athletes, I’ve found that the vast majority of calf pain is due to poor movement, which is a nice way to say that you do things like garbage. Heel strike when you run? Do double unders on your toes? I’m talking to you. To be fair, these poor movement patterns could easily be caused by the ineffeciencies and imbalances that we’ve previously discussed. I have yet to talk to someone who has nagging calf pain but DOESN’T have bad mechanics somewhere else. Though the calves are a diagnostic, here is how to address them.
There you have it, guys. Happy training.