Some time ago, I did an interview with Eric Cressey on ‘Young Athletes & Mobility Training’…
… You’re about to understand why Eric is considered one of the VERY best in the world:
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:
- Relax a muscle to facilitate antagonist activation (e.g. stretch the hip flexors to improve glute recruitment)
- Break down scar tissue following an injury and/or surgery (when the new connective tissue may require “realignment”)
- 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.
Youth Sports and Performance Enhancing Drugs
Should we just say enough?
Legalize steroid use at the professional and Olympic level
They’re going to be used anyway.
Just make it legal and stop the madness of masking agents,
scandals and cover-ups.
What do I really think?
Not a chance.
Kids deserve mentors who speak with a degree of common
We make it "okay" at one level, the connotation is that it’s
"okay" in general.
Yeah, it’s a headache and, quite frankly, a topic I’m growing
weary of having to deal with.
But to me, kids are MORE than worth it.
What do you think about steroids in Youth Sports?
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