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November 10, 2011

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Join Kelly Starrett, owner of San Francisco CrossFit and creator of MobilityWOD, as he teaches coaches and their athletes how to diagnose dysfunction at CrossFit South Bay.

In Part 5, Starrett addresses lower back pain. First, he looks for a stabilization plan with an organized set-up. He assesses midline stabilization through drills on the floor and discusses how to correct overextension faults.

He also addresses head-position faults and demonstrates how tension is lost once the head leaves neutral position.

“The head is the keystone in order to keep the thoracic spine in position,” he says.

Finally, Starrett addresses proper breathing for maintaining stability.

“Many of our athletes cannot dissociate our stabilization mechanism from our breathing mechanism,” he says.

He coaches an athlete through proper breathing for maintaining tightness and shows how this increases her range of motion.

12min 5sec

HD file size: 271 MB
SD wmv file size: 144 MB
SD mov file size: 70.4 MB

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Additional reading: Hamstrung by Kelly Starrett, published July 1, 2007.

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8 Comments on “A Language to Diagnose With Kelly Starrett: Part 5”


wrote …

Great video Kelly! The stuff on breathing was very helpful. I'm curious what you would say about head positioning on the full extension of a clean or snatch. I've heard people say to bring your head back to get better extension, but it sounds like that's a bad idea because of shearing and losing power? Thanks!


wrote …

Kelly Starrett's brain is as big as his muscles. Seriously, he operates about a thousand miles per hour in this clip, love it.


wrote …

This guy is hands down awesome, great videos on his website totally informative and really helps me in understanding body mechanics. But I just don't get the supple leopard thing... why leopards?


wrote …

Nice work Kelly - am really enjoying this series. Just brilliant.


replied to comment from Nicholas Jackson

Nicholas, I think it comes from the idea that leopards(or other animals) can jump out of their tree at a moments notice and attack/defend at full physical capacity. They have no need to warm up or "stretch" or improve their ability to achieve optimal movement positioning before exerting maximal force.

The supposition is that a properly mobile human will approach that capability.


wrote …

Golden! Great stuff. I just had to take a week off from CrossFit due to a lower back problem. Problem solved!

Thanks are not enough for all you do for us Kelly! But THANKS anyway!



wrote …

I see said the blind man, why I kept on hurting my back until I did what Louie said - "I know if you don't activate your abs first, you will hurt your back."


wrote …

I see said the blind man, why I kept on hurting my back until I did what Louie said - "I know if you don't activate your abs first, you will hurt your back."

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