The thoracic spine forms part of the axial skeleton, and is made up of thoracic vertebrae, the ribs, sternum and manubrium. Having adequate range of motion (ROM) in the thoracic spine is essential for healthy athletic movement. More specifically, the thoracic spine needs to extend, and rotate. Stiffness, or lack of ROM in these movements puts extra stress on other joints and areas of the body such as the shoulder and lower back, leading to injury. Here are 3 easy ways to improve your thoracic mobility: 1. Lacrosse Balls Using your SMAI lacrosse ball, place the ball between your shoulder...
News & Blogs — Recovery & Mobility
Many people might think the role of the strength and conditioning coach is to program workouts both in the weight room and on the field, to make athletes bigger, stronger and faster. What many people don’t realise is probably the most important role of a strength and conditioning coach: to ensure athletes can increase performance but avoid injury!! Many legitimate/traditional or “proper” sports use strength and conditioning to build better bodies for their sport OUTSIDE of their sport. What I am getting at here is that their sport is not in the weight room. The problem in training for CrossFit...
My name is James Newbury, CrossFit coach, athlete and gym owner. I've been competing in CrossFit for almost 8 years now and have competed at the highest level soon to be 3 years. Recovery is just as important as the physical training itself, in fact, this is actually where the magic happens. Let's Talk Sleep Sleep is the most important part of recovery for any athlete, and any human for that matter! This is where your body undergoes its radical adaptation. While you sleep muscles, nervous system, and much more heal and become stronger than before. There is a difference between...
Dan is a physio and currently Director at BaiMed Performance, and works as a performance physiotherapist in the NRL. Dan sat down with us and walked us through the areas he looks at when he is working with an athlete to prepare for professional sport and avoid injury. "Whenever an athlete comes to BaiMed Performance, the first thing we assess is their mobility. The ability of a joint to move about its full range of motion is a key element in allowing the athlete to put their body in the various positions that their sport demands. If they don’t have...
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