In Part 2, Starrett provides the four ways he diagnoses dysfunction. The first is “pathological” and needs medical intervention. The second is “catastrophic injury.” Luckily, only 1 percent of his patients come in with that level of dysfunction.
The next categories make up the majority of his cases. The third category is “over-tension”—being so tight that injuries result. The fourth is “open circuit faulting,” or lack of stabilization leading to compensations that create dysfunction.
According to Starrett, CrossFit exposes movement flaws and helps us correct them before injuries occur. As such, CrossFit is an effective movement screen or diagnostic tool.
“My strength-and-conditioning program is the test every single day, and that’s how powerful these functional movements are,” he says. “This stuff makes the invisible visible.”
In order to see movement faults, Starrett says, “I have to put my athletes in these positions that challenge them.”
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Additional reading: Hamstrung by Kelly Starrett, published July 1, 2007.