Don’t mix up stability and stiffness

Really important one this

 

Knowing what is stiffness, and what is stability

 

If we don’t know what is what, then we could be creating a whole world of issues for us with bowling and training

 

On the face of it you’d think they are the same thing and do a similar job

 

And you’d be half right

 

They end up doing a similar job but are definitely not the same thing

 

You know by now (hopefully) all about the joint by joint approach as popularised by strength coach Mike Boyle, which says there is an ascending mobility or stability need at joints through the body

 

So if the knee needs stability then above and below (hip and ankle) need to be primarily a mobility joint

 

I say primarily as every joint will have a certain amount of the other involved, so the lower back where we want stability will still have degrees of mobility, just not as much as the upper back (if it hasn’t we are in trouble!)

 

But there can be confusion around the mobile joints when they struggle

 

Like the ankle, hips and thoracic

 

Lets take a look at the ankle

 

We need that bad boy to be nice and mobile to help your whole gait pattern

 

That’s why we do the knee to wall dorsiflexion test as part of our weekly check in (which we released a webinar on last week in the Inner Circle)

 

But we also want the area to be able to absorb and distribute forces while staying rigid

 

Now this isn’t the same as having a locked up ankle

 

That is a mobility issue, which we work on in different ways

 

Don’t assume that an ankle that doesn’t move will help with the ground reaction forces either

 

It could be locked up, and your achillies/soleus/gastroc could be deconditioned or dysfunctional

 

Put these together and you could have that stiffness and mistake for stability, not address it a be looking at big problems somewhere down the line

 

So know what you are trying do when training

 

Allow the ankle to be mobile, but also the muscles around it to have the ability to become rigid when needed for performance

 

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Think differently

 

Dewsy