In this segment, Starrett addresses how to express midline stabilization in gymnastics movements like the push-up, because the push-up is a movement often associated with shoulder pain.
“This is basic positioning,” he says.
Starrett has a group of athletes practice push-up technique on the floor and on low rings using midline stabilization. The first piece is external rotation of the shoulder, which creates torque. His cue is to “bring the elbow pit forward.”
The only problem is that this rotation often causes overextension in the lower back.
“I have to buffer that. That’s why I’ve gotta be tight,” Starrett says. His cue to get tight is to “squeeze the butt.”
“This is a quick way to spot these problems, and they’re magnified,” Starrett says. “All we’ve gotta do is put our athletes into a good position and then load them up.”
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Additional reading: Hamstrung by Kelly Starrett, published July 1, 2007.