Friday, June 29, 2012

How Catawampus are you?

Hey Everyone,

catawampus \kat-uh-WOM-puhs\ , adjective:
1. Off-center; askew; awry.
2. Positioned diagonally; cater-cornered.

Ok, So I am not sure if Catawampus is an appropriate word when describing asymmetries or imbalances in the human body, but I like the word so we will roll with it for today.

Often times imbalances in our bodies can lead to injuries or decreased performance.  So, today I want to show you two quick test that you can do to objectively measure left versus right imbalances in regards to core stability, hip stability, and balance.

Single Leg Balance Touch Down:  Start by standing on your right leg and set a timer for 60 seconds.  With your right arm reach down and touch the floor, bending the knee if needed.  Count how many times you are able to touch the ground in 60 seconds.  Then stand on the left leg and repeat.  Take note of the count difference right versus left as well as taking note of overall balance and stability right versus left.

Side Plank:  Start by laying on the right side of your body with your body alignment perfectly straight as in the pictures below.  Keep your elbow and feet on the ground and then raise the rest of your body off of the ground and start a timer.  When you are not able to keep perfect body alignment or simply cannot hold your body off the ground anymore stop the timer and take note of the duration of the hold.  Repeat on the left side and again take note of the time difference from right to left side.

You will now have a basic understanding of asymmetries and imbalances in your body in regards to your “core”, hip stability and balance.  Give it a try and then start training appropriately to create stability and symmetry.

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