So last night I got some good news. I had my first article submission for STACK.com published.
If you could all give it a look and even share it with a friend or two it would be much appreciated.
Hockey players typically have terrible range of motion through the hamstrings.
Anyone that has played the game for long enough knows this.
I do not believe that hockey players need to have the same hamstring mobility as a dancer but they should be able to push their hips back into a hinge pattern.
Going on my running theory that hockey players are disasters, this is a contributing factor.
What is most people’s first thoughts when a muscle is tight? Stretch it out of course.
Hockey players, and the general pop for that matter, spend a lot of time stretching the hamstrings but it never gets better.
Stretching is a method used to increase the length of the muscle. There are a lot of factors that go into “tightness” than just short muscles.
9 times out of 10 the person will not have a short muscle since it is very uncommon.
Other things that influence joint range of motion are alignment, stability, and neural tension (a topic I am seeking more education in).
The other two are simple concepts. If the pelvis is out of alignment, then things are not going to be in their normal resting position. This is going to put extra tension on the muscles and the hamstrings can feel tight as a result.
Stability is also interesting because some joints need more of it than others.
The knee and the pelvis are supposed to be stable joints. If they have too much mobility, then the muscles are called upon to provide stability.
The muscles become tight when are they always turned on in this regard. Stability can be influenced by strength and alignment.
When it comes to hockey players both reasons come into play.
No amount of stretching will create long term progress. Luckily there are other ways to relieve tension.
Check out the whole article on STACK to learn more about this.