Position

When people play sports, they tend to get banged up.  Consider just the knee: you probably know someone who's blown an ACL skiing, torn their meniscus while cutting on the basketball court, or developed patellofemoral pain from logging miles on the road or treadmill.

Usually, we don't give those injuries too much deep thought.  They're the result of accidents, we reason, or the inevitable result of athletic overuse.  But a bit of consideration yields some interesting questions.  If you twist your skis tumbling down a slope, why is it your knee (rather than your ankle or hip, say) that takes the beating?  Why does 'runners knee' repeatedly sideline some runners, while others never feel so much as a patellar twinge?

With more investigation, a common thread starts to emerge: our injuries, whether sudden or cumulative, tend to happen because we put our bodies into kinesiologically poor positions.  Sometimes, that's because we spend so long in those poor positions (sitting hunched at our desks all day, for example) that we lose the proprioception to know what a better position feels like.  Sometimes, we don't have the mobility necessary to move our bodies into those better positions even if we want to.  And other times, our muscles are too weak and imbalanced to keep ourselves in good positions under the force loads of real-world athletic movement.

Consider the common basketball 'plant and pivot' meniscus tear we mentioned above.  When your knee is working well, it's a brilliantly designed tensegrity system, with your quads providing forward knee drive, and your glutes and hamstrings providing a countervailing backwards pull.  But let's say you spend a bunch of time seated, making your hip flexors super tight, and tilting your pelvis habitually forward.  Those tight hip flexors reciprocally inhibit your glutes.  The anterior pelvic tilt leaves your hamstrings at a mechanical disadvantage.  And now what was meant to be a beautiful 50/50 balance between forward drive and backward pull around your knee is suddenly way out of wack.  It's 70/30 in favor of forward drive.  You're all gas, and no brakes.  In light of which, it probably shouldn't be too surprising when, one time,  you're running along the court, you plant a foot to stop and turn, but your knee just keeps moving forward as you rotate.  Blammo!  There goes your meniscus.

That's why, at Composite, we think of Position as the bedrock of our athletic training pyramid.  We've seen too many trainers and coaches start adding weight to the equation too soon, too quickly, and with too little precise, hands-on feedback.  Which, inevitably, is a recipe for eventual disaster.  Strengthening dysfunctional movement just means you'll be able to blow yourself up more spectacularly than you could have managed before.  Conversely, perfecting position, and building strength, power and endurance gradually while maintaining that virtuosity of movement, is the best way to bulletproof yourself against future disaster, and to put an end to the minor aches and pains all too many people seem to think are the inevitable cost of aging.  

Simply put: we can totally fix you.  Come let us show you how.