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Young Athletes & Mobility


Some time ago, I did an interview with Eric Cressey on ‘Young Athletes & Mobility Training’…

 


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BG: Eric, what is the difference between ‘Mobility’ & ‘Flexibility’ and when in a training program do each apply

 

EC: Those are great questions, Brian; very few people understand the difference – and it is a big one.

 

Flexibility merely refers to range of motion – and, more specifically, passive range of motion as achieved by static stretching. Don’t get me wrong; static stretching has its place.

 

I see it as tremendously valuable in situations where you want to:

 

  1. Relax a muscle to facilitate antagonist activation (e.g. stretch the hip flexors to improve glute recruitment)
  2. Break down scar tissue following an injury and/or surgery (when the new connective tissue may require “realignment”)
  3. Loosen someone up when you can’t be supervising them (very simply, there is less likelihood of technique breakdown with static stretching because it isn’t a dynamic challenge)

 

However, the principle problem with pure flexibility is that it does not imply stability nor preparedness for dynamic tasks.

 

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Flexibility Training for Young Athletes

 

 

Chris Blake gives answer some common questions about flexibility training for young athletes

 

What is the difference between Flexibility and Mobility?
Flexibility can have two definitions:

1.) The ability of muscle to lengthen during passive movements.

2.) Range of motion about a joint and surrounding musculature during passive movements.

 

Mobility can also have two ways of being defined. The main definition is the state of being in motion. But this state of motion can be looked at within certain joints (subtalar mobility) or as a physical whole (moving from one position into the next during a run).

 

Are both important to young athletes or is one more important than the other?
This is a great question. Both are important for the older athlete (ages 14-18+) as athletes within this age group tend to show more restrictions with both flexibility and mobility, often times once you take care of the flexibility then you improve mobility. But with the younger athlete (ages 13 and under) I wouldn’t place much importance on either one unless there has been a certain injury that limits each.

 

Are there different kinds of Flexibility, or is ‘bending over to touch my toes and stretch my hammy’ what all young athletes should be doing?
There are seven different ways of going about flexibility:

 

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