Cues For Proper Form During a Plank

Maintaining proper form is important for keeping yourself safe and ensuring you are targeting the correct muscles. Some cues that you want to focus on are:

  • Keep the elbows directly under your shoulders
  • Having a “straight” back
  • Head in neutral alignment
  • Focus on engaging your “core” 
    • Research has shown, when focusing on engaging your core the upper and lower rectus abdominis muscle activity increases (Calatayud 2019)
  • Squeeze Your Butt
    • Research has shown squeezing your butt and putting yourself in a slight posterior pelvic tilt will increase muscle activation of the core(Schoenfeld 2014)
  • Breathe

*Form may change depending on the variation of the plank you are performing*

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7 Exercises for Pitchers and Their Shoulders

pitchers arms are quite literally super cars. Their pitching arm can create angular velocities of 8500 degrees per second! With having this much horse power, we must have the “brakes” to match. To absorb the forces that pitching creates, we must use our entire body in a 3 dimensional motion. However, many times the weak point in our system is the rotator cuff. This leads to Rotator cuff injuries being one of the most common injuries among pitchers. To help prevent these injuries we must develop proper amounts of mobility, strength and motor control. In these 7 exercises, we are training our shoulder and body to control eccentric forces.

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