Limited ankle mobility can be the difference between a well executed squat and significant stress on the lower back and knees. After passive soft tissue work, (foam rolling, massage, percussion, etc.) we have to get active.
Hip mobility is a big concern for most. Finding a strategy that works in ways that nothing else does can be a game changer. This hip/groin mobilization move takes full advantage of all the available vectors of Core-Tex to target the tissue in areas you may have never explored before.
Similar to ourhalf kneeling version, the standing version puts more emphasis on the single joint tissue and allows us to integrate the ankle and to some extent the rear foot. Follow along to understand the best ways to maximize this mobility move.
Take a "known" exercise to the reactive environment of Core-Tex and you get a much more comprehensive experience. This version of the Curtsy Lunge can be used as a gentle mobility warm-up or ramped to a high-intensity reactive exercise. With the transverse plane motion of Core-Tex, you get:
1. Rotational demand on the glute/hip complex
2. The need to accelerate, decelerate and re-accelerate rotation from the hip
3. Challenge rotational stability at the knee as the foot and lower move faster and arrive earlier and stay later than the hip
4. Thoracic spine rotational mobility as the upper body is fixed while pelvis rotates below.
5. Reactive variability at all involved joints as each repetition is different based on the motion of Core-Tex.
Ankle sprains represent one of the largest, if not the largest occurring injury in collegiate sports. Ligament sprains of the ankle also effect all demographics with poor rehabilitation of the initial injury being a leading risk factor for recurring sprains.
Loss of dorsi flexion due to sub-optimal articulation of the ankle mortise frequently occurs following ankle sprains. Additionally, research has shown the significance of hip strength in preventing ankle sprains.
Watch how the motion of Core-Tex and the smoothness of the motion allows for a very unique way of addressing both dorsi flexion AND hip involvement at the same time.
This is a great way to get your hands off your patient or athlete and let them work independently combining range of motion and neuromuscular control. A win win!