Daily Mobility Exercises by Dr. Kelly Starrett Forums General Minsinformation,Flawed PTs, and Mediocrity

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    • #70865
      AvatarL K

      Hi I’m 18 yrs old and a Freshman in college. Here’s a quick history of my frustrations and failure to solve my physical limitations: Going into FR yr of HS was thrown into football weight training w/ no instructions and a “prioritizing task completion over everything else” mindset.Already being decently built for my age, frustration and anxiety began to build up as I not only lifted a lousy amount of weight but experienced quite a bit of pain (esp for a 14yr old) and my performance decreased. However, as our weight program was obviously not a priority, I “got by” and still was a top player. Sadly, these biomechanics weaknesses overwhelmingly leaked into my other sports esp. basketball. After little problems in jr high, I began experiencing debilitating hamstring fatigue within minutes of running along with minor lbp. My performance was terrible and constantly seeked advice fr PTs, trainers, etc and they all said the same thing,”u know make sure ur stretching (could easily touch hands on floor), hydrating, warming up well, blah blah blah. The issue continued for years with numerous failed attempts until I naively thought I had a solution!  My hamstrings are overcompensating for my glutes! (simple, how could i have not seen the signs?) So I started stretching Hip flexors, doing bridges,squats,etc. Well this proved to be short lived as I slightly pulled an adductor in fball and hamstrings started killing me again in bball. I have consulted with a trainer for a pro sports team and he advised me to get on his program and gave me some diaphragm exercises. While I’m sure this helped, it was way too expensive and far away to continue. All of the PTs and Ath.trainers try to treat the symptom (giving me papers with isolation exercises Ive already tried,ec), but dont treat the problem. My family and friends have led me to believe “its all in my head” and “just get surgery” and the PTs have made me 2nd guess myself thinking im crazy.After countless hours of ineffective researching, I am wondering who could assess and diagnose some of my struggles as a simple Mwod video will not help do. While I would love to get involved in athletics again,and even be able to do simple lifting(squats,etc), I am worried what the pro trainer said of what type of pain Ill have as an adult. Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated!!!  

    • #74395
      AvatarNathan Richer

      Hey man sorry about all the problems and history. I’m sure everyone on this forum has a similar story. Where do you live? Might be able to recommend someone to help address your issues.

    • #74397

      Let me begin by saying im Sorry to hear what your dealing with. I have had an injury for almost 8 years now. So i know what your going through. Dont delay this any longer! Get all the assessment you can from a variety of sources! Don’t try to solve the issue by yourself thinking you will save money! 

      Also, please define what you mean by lbp? and tell us more about your injury. 

      My advice:
      1) Get a 3-D gait analyses: google 3-D gait analyses. It might be hard to find one. It is much more informative than a 2-D video analyses and will tell you things you would not be able to see with your eyes. This will help you in figuring out what is going on wrong, and the correct treatment plan can then be tailored to your specific needs. This is usually not to expensive either.
      2) Check to see if you have a leg length discrepancy. This might be contributing to your injury. If you have one make sure you figure out if its anatomical or functional
      3) Get any imaging you need to get done:
      4) Go see a well recognized, very good and experienced physiotherapist: Get a good assessment from him. Send all your findings in regards to 3-D gait analyses, leg length discrepancy and imaging to him. He will help you decide how to proceed in terms of making a plan to solve your case. Try to find a good one by asking other health care practitioners, using the internet, looking at credentials etc.. It might be hard and you might have to travel a little bit, but you might only need a few visits with him. Most exercises you will be able to do at home. 
      5) Consider seeing a PM&R (physical medicine and rehab physician – also known as a physiatrist): these guys are doctors who specialize in the neuromuscular system. They can do a bunch of tests, assesments and make treatment plans and they are well trained. Look for ones specializing in sports medicine. They can do EMG test, which can actually test the firing of your muscles. You can check for muscle imbalances in this way. You can see which muscles are firing during which exercises, and if their is incorrect motor patterns. 
      6) Osteopath or chiropractor: They may help you or lead you to the right direction. They can also asses for functional leg length discrepancy. The osteopath I visited for example was not able to help my situation by herself but she knew a really good physiotherapist and recommended me to go to him. He has been the most help so far. 
    • #74431
      AvatarL K

      I live in Illinois. Couldn’t find an FMS screener close to where I live. I visited a notable chiropractor rehab guy who works with all the STL pro teams named Clayton Skaggs but only went once/twice because it was far too impressive. Thanks for the advice though I’ll look into those things

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