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