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December 01, 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 7, Starrett makes a plan of action. First, he looks for motor-control issues expressed in positioning faults.

“Let’s fix the movement pattern first,” he says. “When you correct mechanics, things stop hurting.”

Next, he looks for connective-tissue or sliding-surface problems that can arise from dehydration, stiffness and matted-down tissues.

“What we need to do is shear and restore motion through those tissues,” he says.

After evaluating connective tissue, Starrett looks for a joint issue. For athletes and coaches to improve joint mobility, he suggests using a band “to encourage the joint to be going in the right direction.”

Finally, Starrett looks for muscle-length issues causing dysfunction. To address these issues, he suggests muscle manipulation such as PNF stretching.

“You can see that it’s working, and any time there’s a nice positive feedback loop, we tend to see behavior changes,” he says. “This whole project is observable, measureable and repeatable.”

12min 2sec

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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 7”


wrote …

This is so true, sometimes you should just look at yourself and check your posture.

A rolfer basically fixed my crappy low back by saying "hey, where's your lordosis, just let it go and be neutral". Suddenly I stood up straight and organized.

Besides, KStar is the truth. Do your MWOD and you'll be pain free, that simple.


wrote …

Especially like the part about context. Most people I know skip stretching because, A: It's boring, and B: "what do I get out of it?". Much better to say like "doing this will make you deadlift more weight." Love it.


Grace Patenaude wrote …

What kind of band is Kstar referring to? He wished he had a stock of "Something Strap" Bands?


wrote …

love this stuff!

Thanks kstar


replied to comment from Grace Patenaude

Jump Stretch Band


wrote …

Im a physical therapist/athletic trainer here in FL, have a garage gym with 8 people and growing. I would challenge all Crossfit coaches to go out and get literature on anatomy/physiology to learn origin and insertion of the tissues and physiological processes discussed as well as literature on biomechanics that discusses the arthrokinematics/osteokinematics of joint movement. If Crossfit coaches are applying these concepts, it would be responsible, not only for the coaches but also to the athletes, to expand their body of knowledge with this. Great stuff from Kelly! The more we all know about tissue physiology, the better we can apply these concepts to ourselves and our athletes to improve functional potential as well as retention. online or the local university book store are great places to start. worth the investment. one book (per topic/subject) for the entire box that all can review. show your athletes, especially the ones that dont have the "medical" background, which further deepens the reason or "context" (as used in the video). relate it back to function, always! dont just do it to do it!


Josh, any suggestions and or links to material you think coaches should get their hands on?


wrote …

Frank Netter "atlas of human anatomy" is a pretty good resource, great visuals.
As for the biomechanics literature, try amazon, type in "biomechanics" and there should be plenty of options to choose from. Start with the "basics of biomechanics" and progress from there. If you are really interested in diving further, look in to a physiology book. Get to the cellular level of musculoskeletal and neurological functioning. Having a depth of knowledge in the foundational principals of movement will help you as a coach be able to identify movement deficiencies with anyone who comes through your door. The more athletes/people you watch, the larger your "bank" of examples will be to more accurately identify poor movement patterns. Once you can identify their faults, learning how to apply the most appropriate treatment is the next step.

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