[quote]Chris Colucci wrote:
There is no bad time to do foam rolling…It won’t hurt you.
This is worth repeating. QFT, as they say.
I recently bought “athletic body in balance” by gray cook, which seems to be very good and pretty basic. It was only $20 as well.
Gray Cook also designed the Functional Movement Screen which I believe Cosgrove and Mike Boyle have relied on.
Paul Chek gets into a similar topic with his Primal Pattern movements.[/quote]
I have Gray Cooks book too and it’s certainly interesting to go through the Functional Movement Screen and see which areas you have problems with. Even if these areas don’t cause you issues in training now, they may do in the future if you keep going.
For example if you have an area which is already tight and you ignore it and keep making it tighter, then eventually something will give. I am working hard now to try and correct stuff which I neglected when I was younger, it would have been much easier if I hadn’t let things get so bad in the first place!
In a perfect world we’d all do perfectly balanced training progs from day one and also would sit and stand etc with perfect posture, but we don’t! Most people have some areas which are too tight or not mobile enough or whatever (whether that is due to their training or their daily lives).
I think by doing something like the Functional Movement Screen or working through the exercises in Magnificent Mobility, you will be able to discover which specific areas you have issues with.
If you find that there are certain movements that you should be able to do, but can’t or you have trouble with doing a correct ROM for say a squat or deadlift, then prehab work for you should address those areas.
If, like me, you are much more dominant at pushing than pulling, then prehab should include some stuff to help your scapulae like face pulls etc.
So yeah prehab is very individual and if you can get a professional assessment then that’s great, but I think alot of lifters share alot of common problems: hips, shoulders etc so most could benefit from similar prehab work.
It’s a continual learning curve, for me anyway, and the more you learn from resources like this the more sense it will all make.