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Multi-Directional Training for the Sagittal Athlete | Boddicker Performance

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Multi-Directional Training for the Sagittal Athlete

by on Jun 12th, 2009

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If you have been following my blog for any period of time, you know that I have become an increasingly big fan of slideboard work for runners. This opinion was developed for many reasons. Runners spend so much time driving in the sagittal plane that their movement skills only apply to straight ahead movement. While this is fine and “sport specific” I see this to be counterproductive in the long term from both a movement skill and injury prevention standpoint.

Therapists and coaches know that asymmetry is a reasonably effective predictor of propensity to injury, and, in my mind, being proficient at moving in the sagittal plane while having poor movement skill in transverse and frontal planes of motion is certainly an asymmetry.

In Gray Cook’s Functional Movement Screen, 1, 3 asymmetries are some of the most critical issues to be dealt with. Using the same 0-3 scale in grading movement in various planes, most runners will likely fall into a 1, 3 multi-directional to linear movement ability. As such, it would seem sensible to attempt to address this deficit with targeted, purposeful training to help athletes succeed in the long run.

It is likely important to note that I am not an advocate of approaching it like one would FMS patterns in trying to develop symmetry between patterns as that type of training would take away from the real sport. I am, however, advocating the use of multi-directional training to improve overall movement competency in frontal and transverse planes to develop a complete athlete. Keep in mind that there are 60 muscles that attach to the pillar and many receive their optimal stimulus in non-linear movement.

To the sport specific functional training gurus going crazy saying that multi-directional movement training has little to no carryover to the actual sport itself, I will concede that point.  You are absolutely correct, but I must remind you that I’m not looking for a functional carryover.  No, I program multi-directional movement for sagittal dominant athletes to establish a balance or something there abouts to prevent injury, improve muscle function, motor pool, and also to have a little bit of fun; all of which are incredibly important in long term success.  You wouldn’t program a ten to one ratio of horizontal push to pull in a boxer, would you?

Let me know what you think!

Carson Boddicker

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