Sep 28, 2017
Basic Movement First

Developing proper body mechanics is a major focus of many strength and conditioning programs. But before athletes can perfect the way they throw, shoot, or run, they need to build a foundation of strength in a variety of basic movements. If they cannot perform these movements properly, they will never be able to truly develop the mechanics needed to succeed in their sport.

In a blog for the International Youth Conditioning Association, Keith J. Cronin, DPT, physical therapist and owner of Sports and Healthcare Solutions, LLC, suggests that coaches focus on foundational movements before emphasizing sport-specific mechanics. The first step is to understand the ways that different muscles and joints are meant to function.

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Hip and shoulder joints are designed for motion in all directions

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