Selective Functional Movement Assessment

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What is the SFMA?

The Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) is a series of movements that help evaluate and locate the cause of pain. The assessment includes 7 different movements designed to assess basic everyday patterns of movement such as bending, reaching, and squatting in those with known muscle and joint pain.  

The SFMA is a diagnostic tool which helps find the cause of pain, rather than looking at just the source. When someone has knee pain, they typically try to figure out what’s wrong with the knee when the cause of pain could be coming from elsewhere such as instability of the hip, ankle mobility, and plenty of other underlying reasons. By reasonably evaluating poor movement patterns in a structured, yet simple assessment you can provide more appropriate exercises for an individual.

Why and When would you use the SFMA?

The SFMA is a pre-participation tool specifically for those dealing with musculoskeletal pain. The SFMA is commonly used as an additional tool to assess movement before creating an exercise or training program for a specific individual.  When an individual has known musculoskeletal pain, the SFMA is typically used in place of other movement assessments.

A better alternative to the SFMA

For someone moving in pain, the SFMA is a great tool used to develop a plan of treatment and training. At Infinity Sports Institute, we no longer use the SFMA as part of the full evaluation to used to assess any pain through movement. In our Sports Science lab, we have a Dari-Motion System that can replace the traditional SFMA.

The Dari gives us more efficiency when it comes to collecting quantitative data. With the markerless cameras, the system automatically captures a person’s movements and provides accurate data points and reliable analysis. It also saves a lot of time when assessing the same or similar movement patterns. Without the Dari, the SFMA is still a valuable resource for professionals to use.

However, the Dari-Motion System isn’t largely accessible to the general population. It’s why at Infinity Sports Institute, we strive to make the best technology more accessible and the reason our Sports science lab is open to the public. Call to schedule your assessment now!

Dynamic Contraction Technique

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What is DCT?

Dynamic Contraction Technique (DCT) is a methodology that uses eccentric muscle contractions to breakdown scar tissue. Scar tissue is abnormal unions of connective tissue in the body that form after trauma and can affect skin, muscles, ligaments and tendons. Nic Bartolotta developed the technique based on the idea of muscle tension and strategies to reduce knots within the muscles. The goal of the DCT methodology is to reestablish muscle function and improve flexibility through lengthening the active muscle under a load which is called an eccentric muscle contraction. The idea is that the eccentric contraction helps pull apart some of those muscle fibers that become knotted together creating a “tight” muscle. DCT incorporates a balance of resistance stretching and strength training that combines principles from modalities across the world in order to improve performance, reduce injury risk, and improve quality of life conditions by establishing better muscle function and reducing chronic discomfort from tight muscles.

Why and When would you use DCT?

DCT can be used for anyone. Infinity Sports Institute will apply DCT techniques on a case by case basis following a consultation and/or an evaluation. The techniques are used routinely to address injuries and for developing performance programs based on the individual’s goal. The idea of DCT simply put is to strengthen the weak tissues and expand the strong tissue.  This happens by doing an eccentric muscle contraction, or by placing a load on a muscle that is being stretched and lengthened. An example of an eccentric contraction would be instead of performing a normal biceps curl up towards their chest, they slowly resist against the weight as it lowers back down away from their chest.

The Takeaway

Practitioners and clients using DCT’s methods are able to improve stability in the body, by improving movement and how the body is able to handle wear and tear. DCT’s methodology is a great resource to utilize when applied appropriately and correctly. If you have been having mobility issues and feeling tons of different knots then DCT might be for you.

Call Infinity Sports Institute now at (786)591-7586 to schedule a consultation or full functional evaluation with a professional to see if DCT techniques can help you!

Hydration & Neuromuscular Perfomance

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If you’re an athlete you probably have heard every now and then, “make sure you stay hydrated!” But what exactly does that mean? These days no matter who you are, there is a big trend about drinking enough water. It’s true, drinking enough water is very important when it comes to staying hydrated but being properly hydrated is so much more than just drinking tons of water. Whether you’re an athlete or soccer mom, it is important that we maintain a proper balance of electrolyte minerals and H2O in our body to maintain appropriate hydration. If you are lacking either electrolytes, fluids, or the right mix of both it can significantly affect your performance.

What Are Electrolytes?

Electrolytes are micronutrients that ingest into the body from our diet. These micronutrients play a big role in assisting the “mind to muscle” connection. There are four main electrolytes that help the brain send a signal to each muscle telling it how to move.

  • Magnesium – This mineral interacts with motor proteins within the muscle fiber. At rest, magnesium helps the muscle stay in a relaxed state. When there becomes a shortage of magnesium, there is a likelihood of muscle cramping.
  • Calcium – When the brain sends a signal to the muscle to move, calcium is triggered into the muscle cell helping activate muscle contractions.
  • Sodium & Potassium – Both assist with nerve function. When the brain sends a signal through the nervous system to the muscle fiber to contract, sodium pumps into the cell and potassium has the opposite effect and filters out. When a muscle relaxes, these micronutrients perform the opposite action sometimes acting as a pump.

Dehydration

When you are dehydrated, your body lacks enough fluid to help transport these electrolytes to the cells of the muscle. Think of it like a city bus system. The kids are the electrolytes and the busses are water. The kids(electrolytes) are all standing around waiting for the bus(water) but the bus(water) never comes to take the kids(electrolyte) to school(muscle). If your body lacks enough water to properly transport the electrolytes this could significantly affect your performance and more importantly health, if this becomes chronic.

Over-Hydration (Hyponatremia)

            When you’re “over-hydrated” your body now lacks the right number of electrolytes compared to the amount of fluids within the body. The body now has enough water to transport these electrolytes to the muscle, but it does no good if there aren’t any electrolytes to transport. When the body is in a state of over-hydration, the nerves and muscle cells are not able to function properly which in turn will significantly hinder your performance.

Strategies for Proper Hydration

Proper Diet – The best way to get these micronutrients is making sure we are eating the right foods. Whole foods contain tons of micronutrients and it’s imperative to make sure we are getting plenty of these within are diet and staying away from processed items.

  • Magnesium: Greens, beans, nuts, whole grains
  • Sodium: Celery, tomatoes,
  • Potassium: Sweet Potatoes, Bananas
  • Calcium: Oranges, some leafy greens

Sole Water – Sole water, pronounced So-Lay, is water that has been infused with Himalayan pink salt. Sole water has the electrolytes needed as well as 80 plus other minerals that help the body function optimally. To make Sole water, take a mason jar and fill up 1/3 of the jar with Himalayan pink salt, fill the rest with water and let it sit over-night.

Purium Coco Hydrate– Coco Hydrate is a supplement from an organic whole food supplement line called Purium. Coco hydrate is filled with whole food ingredients that contain the much-needed electrolytes required to perform at a high level. All that is needed is a couple of scoops mixed in with your water and you’re off to the races.

We Can Help!

If you want help to be at the top of your game, book an appointment with our sports nutritionist at Infinity Sports Institute. Invest in being the best and let us help you reach the top of your game. Call (786)591-7586 or email us at info@infinitysi.com.

ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist

 

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What is an ACSM CEP?

The ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist (ACSM-CEP), formerly known as ACSM Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist (ACSM-RCEP), is a health professional that has either a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in exercise science or a master’s degree in clinical exercise physiology.  In addition, they are required to complete hundreds of hours of hands-on clinical experience to receive the certification.

ACSM-CEPs® are qualified to work with those that have chronic diseases or conditions (but are not limited to working with this demographic). The most common chronic diseases in Florida include cancer (breast, cervical, colorectal, lung, prostate, and melanoma), cardiovascular disease (heart attack, heart failure, stroke, coronary heart disease), diabetes, and respiratory disease.

Why meet with an ACSM-CEP?

  1. Getting a baseline health measurement

ACSM-CEP’s are committed to improving the overall health and quality of life of patients by using a combination of fitness-related consulting, assessments and programmed training to guide the health of those with chronic health conditions in a clinical setting. If you’re interested in making a healthy and sustainable change to your life, they can help you reach your goals by building a customized plan based around you. The first step is understanding how your daily habits contributed to your current disease(s). Patients complete questionnaires or interviews that detail their health history. Then they undergo an assessment that acts as a baseline for the training programming.

   2) Building a personalized protocol

Based on what ACSM-CEP’s learn about their patient, they build a plan of attack for improving that person’s health. These goals do not have to be a specific number or target. Instead, they are often qualified by that person’s improved and sustained quality of life. ACSM-CEPs help to increase the likelihood of long-term physical, mental, and social aspects of a patient’s life through health and fitness education, lifestyle change, rehabilitation strategies, as well as preventative measures.

  3) Only the best

The ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist® certification has very demanding standards in the health/fitness industry and characterizes the gold standard of the clinical exercise profession. At Infinity Sports Institute, we carefully vet our team members to provide you access healthcare professionals with one of the highest certifications. This way, all you have to do is focus on becoming better.

The Takeaway

You deserve the best! It’s not enough just to go to a gym and sweat. Work with a professional who can build you an exercise program based on where you are today and where you want to be.

ACSM-CEP’s work with a number of different populations but a majority of their time is spent in a clinical setting. If you have a chronic disease, they can help you fight the fight against chronic diseases and conditions with exercise and lifestyle behavior change strategies.

It may feel like just another workout, but ACSM-CEPS provide a unique skill in understanding the potential and limitations of those with chronic conditions. When dealing with populations coming from a clinical environment, ACSM-CEP’s become a valuable resource.

Are you ready?

Don’t postpone feeling better. Book your appointment with an ACSM-CEP at Infinity Sports Institute. Let’s get you on the road to better health today! Call (786) 591-7586 or email us at info@infinitysi.com.

 

The Truth Behind the Scale

What the Scale Can’t Tell Me

A lot of us have different goals in the gym, whether that be to gain more muscle mass, lose some body fat, or maybe a little bit of both. Often times we track our goals using a scale, but frequently checking the scale can be misleading. The scale tells you your total weight but not how your body is made up of muscle, fat, and bone. Muscle is the good weight that helps us move better, burn fat and is important to maintain in your body for optimal health. Fat is the weight that we know when excessive, is bad for our health and we all work hard to burn off.

Checking your body fat percentage is the best way to create a start and finish line when it comes to getting the best results with your body and health. The DEXA machine is the most accurate and convenient way to check it. It can pinpoint your body composition by using a low-level x-ray to see how much total body fat, lean muscle mass, and bone mass you have. Keeping track of exactly how your body is made up between muscle and fat is the ultimate measure of health.

There’s Fat on My Organs?

We can break up our fat into different types. Visceral is the most important type when it comes to your overall health. It’s the fat that hangs out around your internal organs. Visceral fat plays the biggest role in longevity and risk of chronic diseases like heart disease and type two diabetes. Your scale at home and even other alternatives to checking your body composition cannot tell you the amount of visceral fat you have. A person may be content with their weight but if there is lots of fat around the organs, that person is more likely to develop lousy chronic diseases including cancer. The DEXA has the ability to show us the mass, volume, and area of visceral fat we are carrying which will tell us if we have to start changing our eating habits for healthier body composition.

Healthy Bones

If you’re an athlete that plays a high-impact sport, bone health can play a role in your risk of injury and performance. Also, women passed the age of 30 are at a higher risk for developing bone diseases such as osteoporosis and osteopenia when not exercising under resistance or eating enough calcium within their diets. The scale can tell you how much you weigh, but it won’t tell you how much of that is bone. The DEXA has the capability to show us if you are at risk or not while other methods do not.

Where Can I Get a DEXA Body Composition Scan?

Infinity Sports Institute has the luxury of having one of the best DEXA machines on the market, the Hologic Horizon DXA system, available to the public.  The number one rule to winning a race is knowing where the start and the finish line is and getting a body scan can help motivate you through the finish line.

Schedule an appointment for your body scan so you can know exactly where you’re at and set the goal for where exactly you want to be.

Director of Human Performance, Andre McCormack     

New Year, New You

3 ways to hold yourself accountable to your New Year’s goal

Every January there seems to be tons of people with a resolution to complete a goal for the new year. Some will get off to a great start, but by the end of the month they are back to their old habits. There are others who keep the momentum going past the first month but by July, life has caught up to them and they have completely forgotten about their goal. Then yes, there are even some who don’t even start. Even though we desire change at the reflection of the past year, it’s always easier said than done. For those interested in making a change in 2019, here are 3 ways to give yourself a better chance at success in 2019.

Build a plan for yourself

While accomplishing a new year’s resolution seems to be difficult, taking a stand and a goal is a big first step. Follow that by building yourself a step by step plan that slowly leads you to your ultimate goal. The most important thing is to complete one step at a time. Do not overwhelm yourself by trying to change everything about your lifestyle overnight. You are achieving small wins on the road to the biggest. 

An example of someone with a goal of weight loss may start by substituting bad office snacks the first week. The second week they may start a new morning routine, the third week they start meal prepping, and then in the next few weeks that person now has a consistent workout routine. Change your habits by accomplishing one small step at a time from your game plan and you’re on the road to success.

Make an accountability mirror

 Write down what you want to accomplish in 2019 and tape it to your bathroom mirror. Force yourself to look at these goals every day. Study after study tells you that looking at your goals and writing them down means you are much more likely to remember them. If you look at, write, and think about your goals on a daily basis you are much more likely to act on them. It does not necessarily have to be posting them to your mirror. It could be your work computer, refrigerator, on the dashboard in your car, etc. Everyone is different so choose what works best for you. 

Who is your accountability partner?


Science will tell you that people accomplish things a lot easier when you are part of a team. Yes, it would be easy to have one person that you work out with, eat with, and talk about other health strategies with but, it isn’t likely. Building a team of accountability partners can work just as well. Here are ideas for you if your goal is living a healthier lifestyle: 

 •Get your partner to commit to one day of meal prepping for the week. 

• Get a co-worker to join them in a workout before or after work twice a week. 

• Get the kids to join them in an after-dinner walk. 

Now you’ve created a team with the set purpose of helping them achieve their goal. Not only are you not going to want to let your team down but they will not want to see you fail.

It doesn’t matter what your goal is for 2019. Whether it was to kick a bad old habit or to start a healthy new one, these tips will get you jumpstarted toward any goal. Have a goal, but build a plan. Every treasure chest of gold had a map on how to get there. Look at your goals every day, then put them into action. Last but not least, build a team. Make 2019 the year you beat the odds and complete your new year’s resolution. 

Looking to get healthy in 2019? Visit the Infinity Sports Institute Facility! Whether you’re looking to tackle your eating habits or need help jumpstarting your workout routine, we’re here to help. Schedule a complimentary visit today! 


Infinity Sports and Dari Motion

DARI Motion

Biomechanics play an important role in health, wellness, workplace health and safety, performance and research of the body. You might be asking, what are “biomechanics”? Well, biomechanics is the study of the mechanical laws relating to the movement or structure of living organisms.

As an active individual whether you’re an athlete, weekend warrior, fitness enthusiast, or your job is physically demanding; the study of your biomechanics can help solve issues that may or have already caused injury or pain.

What is DARI Motion

DARI Motion is a markerless motion capture system used to acquire the most precise, accurate and comprehensive biomechanics data in the industry. 

Due to its industry leading precision and accuracy the DARI Motion is able to track changes over time with sub-millimeter accuracy. This provides us with accurate information needed to make immediate, informed decisions to adjust and guarantee each rehab, performance or recovery program is meeting your exact needs and our expectations. 

The Dari Motion Tracks: 

  • 21 bone segments, nine joints, with six-degrees of freedom
  • Kinematics and kinetics in all planes
  • Range of motion
  • Joint torques
  • Internal/external rotation at the hip
  • Shoulder ab-duction
  • Anterior/posterior coronal deviation
  • Neuromuscular engagement, center of mass sway in all planes
  • All joints in space

DARI’s patented, 3rd-party validated kinetic capture collects kinetics without force plates. That means DARI can measure joint torques, ground reaction forces, and other force measurements without restricting the subject’s natural movement.

Why We Chose DARI Motion

Dari Motion is the Gold Standard and the most advanced, precise and accurate motion capture system. In order for us at Infinity Sports Institute to provide our athletes, patients, clients and members with the remarkable care, programs and outcomes we require industry leading technology and data.

The DARI Motion can be found at The Infinity Sports Institute Sports Science Lab, the only Sports Science Lab available to the public outside a University setting, in South Florida.

DARI Motion Accuracy

Most other markerless systems use a single consumer-grade depth camera originally developed for console gaming. These lack accuracy, capture a limited amount of the body, and can’t capture explosive, high-speed motions at their native 30 hz framerate.

Traditional motion labs require manual application of reflective markers on the body, causing up to 20% marker-placement error between sessions. Marker-based systems can not accurately track biomechanical data over time.

DARI uses eight high-speed cameras placed around the subject and a state-of-the-art computer-vision engine to collect whole-body data–including the fastest motions.

DARI Motion Speed

Marker-based motion analysis requires up to 45 minutes of marker placement for every session. Traditional marker-based analysis of a single human motion requires days of intensive data compiling and error-correction. By the time the data has been processed, the window of application will have passed. Therefor we will not have the chance to make accurate decisions on time. 

The DARI Motion has zero markers and zero set up time. A complete body motion analysis takes under 5 minutes allowing us to scan 50 – 100 individuals per day! The DARI takes thousands of data points comprising each motion and processes them in under a second, that’s what we call FAST

Knowledge is Potential Execution is Power

Quantification of data is useless if there is no action. The Dari Motion Provides easy-to-read reports, which our Performance and Sports Science Lab teams can explain to a 1stGrader! These reports allow us to take action steps to improving your health, performance and reducing your risk of injury. These reports include: 

  • Muscle-mapping and injury vulnerability 
  • Custom scoring and dynamic narratives 
  • Data integration with other devices
  • Custom exercise suggestions
  • Single and multiple motion reports

Who should take advantage of the DARI Motion System?

The Dari Motion is used for Wellness, Workplace health, Performance and Research. 

Fitness Enthusiast, Average Person

If you are trying to improve or maintain health as well as mitigate any risks for potential injury. 

Employers

The DARI Motion capture platform can perform a comprehensive biomechanical analysis in as little as five minutes allowing you to efficiently screen your entire employee population for Musculoskeletal Disorder Risk and Musculoskeletal Injury Risk

Athletes and Team Organizations

DARI can collect objective, actionable biomechanical data on entire teams in a matter of hours giving athletes and training staffs the tools to transform their motion.

Competitive Athletes

Optimize Movement, Avoid Injury, Track Progress. As soon as an athlete steps out of the capture space, DARI delivers an easy-to-read report with actionable insights, allowing coaches and trainers to get to work immediately

Research Institutions

DARI’s robust motion capture allows research to be conducted on populations that are difficult to assess with traditional systems. The capture space can support implements, such as treadmills, stairs, cycles, and chairs, items that can be critical to research-specific assessments.  

About Infinity Sports Institute

At Infinity Sports Institute we are dedicated in Optimizing the Human Experience by using the best of sports science, sports medicine and technology. Through the “Gold Standard” in training, recovery, physical therapy and testing we look forward to helping you reach all your goals.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Your Eyes, Feet, and the Floor Keys to Performance and Pain

If you have ever worked with us you would know how important your eyes, being barefoot, and the floor are.

If you haven’t worked with us in the past or during your initial visit you will probably be wondering: “Why is everyone barefoot, why is everyone always on the floor and why do they care about how my eyes move?”

Before we begin to answer the “Why?” we should start with the “What”; What exactly do we do? We are not in the fitness business or the physical therapy business; We are in the Optimization Business. Whether you have pain, are an athlete trying to stay healthy, you’re trying to outperform your competition, just had surgery, trying to break a record or just trying to hit your fitness goals, we are here to Optimize your human experience by achieving those goals. And guess what, your eyes, the floor, and your barefeet are important ingridients to the formula.

Your Output is only as good as the Input

Barefeet

You have about 200,000 thousand nerve endings in your foot, yes, TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND! Each of those nerve endings are called exteroceptors which provide sensory information to your brain through external stimuli. Guess what? This makes your foot one of the most nerve-rich parts of your body! Your feet are crucial in providing proprioception and communicating to the brain what the body needs to do as you walk, run, jump and play. But unfortunately, we have diminished or delayed the amount of information the brain gets by wearing cushioned shoes. Shoes are great and cool but they eliminate your foot’s ability to feel, to receive the external stimuli they need in order to properly communicate with your brain. Thus, when you come see us for whatever reason, we will address that communication problem by making you go barefoot, and sometimes, that’s all you need!

Eyes

Along with your feet your eyes are crucial in recieving information. The eyes provide a large amount of the Neurosensory input your brain needs for motor control (motor control refers to the process by which the nervous system coordinates the muscle and limbs to achieve a desired movement or set of actions). Have you ever been walking on the beach and come across a patch of shells or rocks? You probably will do two things; either walk the other way or walk as lightly as you can through them. You did that thanks to the information your eyes gave your brain. Your eyes sent the info to your brain and your brain established that there was a threat, thus going into a sympathic state (Fight or Flight. Based on the information and how your brain processed it, you either walked around (flight) or just walked through (fight).

If there is a dysfunction in your eye movement, the input will be faulty and your brain will have a harder time processing the information, affecting motor control. Your eyes are crucial to your performance. Are you the person that always misses what you’re aiming at? You might want to check how your eyes are moving and how well they are sending information to the brain.

The eyes will lead us to the next topic….

The Floor

Whats up with the floor? Above we mentioned how crucial the information your eyes send to the brain is, now Imagine if you have a fear of falling; whether its because of a previous injury or just scared to fall on your ass. If you are scared of the floor, it now becomes a threat. You will respond by going into a sympathetic state (fight or flight), and you will go into flight mode, this will hinder motorol control, which can be a reason for you falling in 1..2..3…

Hopefully you didn’t fall! Have you ever been somewhere up high and someone tells you not to look down? You look down and all of a sudden you lose your balance. Well that’s what happens when the floor is a threat. Now lets add some shoes, your feet have no awareness and can’t provide your brain with the information it needs for motor control. It sounds like you will be having a bad time walking, running, jumping, and you’re probably losing your balance all the time.

Our goal is to establish the floor as a safe place and remove it from being a threat.

Optimizing the Human Experience

The floor is no longer a threat, your feet and your eyes can now provide your brain with the information it needs through better input, we now have the desired motor control to prevent injuries, enhance performance and maybe remove pain. We have now achieved Optimization of your Human Experience.

By: Hector Maradiaga Co-Founder | Performance Specialist

About Infinity Sports Institute

Infinity Sports Institute is dedicated in optimizing the human experience through sports science, sports medicine and technology. We believe Physical, Mental and Social components are pillars to optimizing the human experience.

For all your performance, recovery, rehab and consultant needs, make sure to contact us, or come visit us at Infinity Sports Institute in our Brickell Location (42 SW 6th ST). Click Here to Schedule Your Free RockTape Session!

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IT Band and Knee Pain? Might be your Butt!

The Gluteus Maximus 

IT Band Issues, Low Back Pain, Hamstring Injuries, Knee Pain, Hip and Knee Injuries, Lack of Performance, Loss of Balance, Running Slow, or worse – Seeing NO Gains? Is this you? Read Below. 

 

The Glute. Max.

Is definitely a nice muscle to look at and one of the most powerful muscles we have. Unfortunately many of us suffer from “Glute Amnesia”, the lack of this muscle to actually work. In rehab & performance this is a topic that is touched on quite a bit. If you’ve ever been to a good Therapist, Strength and Conditioning coach, or Performance Specialist, we bet they have checked if those “awesome to look” at muscles are actually working.  

You’re probably wondering, “Are my Glutes. Working?”… Well Probably not. We know, we know, you lift like everyday, run and you where a high school all star. But before we try and prove each other wrong lets go over the Gluteus Maximus.  

Why is your Butt so important?   

This awesome muscle definitely connects to many things at its origin and insertion – Imagine how it would make you feel if it’s sleeping on the job.  

At its Origin the Glute Max inserts into the Fascia of the gluteus medius; the external surface of the ilium behind the posterior gluteal line; the fascia of the  erector spinae; the dorsal surface of the sacrum; the lateral margin of the coccyx; the sacrotuberal ligament.   

At its Insertion the Glute Max inserts through the Upper fibers, to the posterior part of the iliotibial tract and the fasciae latae muscles; Through the Lower fibers, to the gluteal tuberosity of the proximal femur.   

did you read all that 🧐? If you didn’t here’s the quickie: 

The Glute Max inserts/connects with the Glute Medius, ilium, your lower back muscles, sacrum, coccyx, a ligament at the lower and back part of the pelvis, IT Band, TFL, and the femur.  

That’s a ton of connections and things that can have issues if your Glute Max is not up to par .  

Now that you know where it connects – here are its actions (what it does) 

It performs extension of the femur from the flexed position in the hip joint; lateral stabilization of the hip and knee joints; external rotation of the femur.   

The Glute Max helps you bring back the femur from a flexed hip position such as a deadlift, Romanian Deadlift, Running (extension of the hip). It helps us stabilize the hip and knee joints as well as helping us externally rotate the femur.  

We can definitely agree that this awesome muscle needs to be functional during all activities: walking, using the stairs, running, weightlifting, dancing, and making the magic happen  

Use it or Lose it!

You ever hear the saying “Use it’s or Lose it” well that is perfect when describing what happens to muscles that don’t get used properly. Your Glute Max is supposed to do many things, but, what happens if you sit on it for 8 hours, or your run looks more like a jog between mile 3 and 12 and you’re not going through a full running gait cycle? Unfortunately that really powerful muscle can become inhibited and atrophy. The under used Glute will recruit less motor units causing it to work less and eventually start shrinking : “You’re going to lose your Gains!”.  

In the previous paragraphs you learned where the Glute. Max connects and what it does. Now, if it’s inhibited,  it will cause energy leaks causing other muscles to absorb more energy and work harder as well. As the Glute Max atrophies it will cause tension in the areas where it connects.   

If the Glute is sleeping on the job, it can be a reason for the IT Band issues your experiencing, that constant tension and pain in your lower back, that lateral hip pain, or knee pain. A non functional Glute Max can also be a catalyst for an injury such as ligament tear/sprain, lack of balance and loss of performance.  

So,  is your Glue Max working? Properly? Don’t Know? Come Check us out, send us a message or book directly using the Link on this page!  

By: Hector Maradiaga Co-Founder | Performance Specialist

About Infinity Sports Institute

Infinity Sports Institute is dedicated in optimizing the human experience through sports science, sports medicine and technology. We believe Physical, Mental and Social components are pillars to optimizing the human experience.

For all your performance, recovery, rehab and consultant needs, make sure to contact us, or come visit us at Infinity Sports Institute in our Brickell Location (42 SW 6th ST). Click Here to Schedule Your Free RockTape Session!

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Running: Stretching To Improve Your Running Pt.2

Static Stretching, The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

Whats up with static stretching? We will explore exactly what is static stretching the good the bad and the ugly. This is part 2 of  “Running: Stretching To Improve Your Running Pt.1″.

What is static stretching?

The actual physiology of it. There are several parts to static stretching, but first let’s talk about physiology. Muscles are basically like rubber bands that pull from one end to another end and cause a movement. One side connects to a bone with a tendon then moves to the muscle, then to another tendon and back to another bone. How do they know when to pull, how much to pull and when to stop (before injury)? The stimuli needed is provided by the nervous system. The nervous system integrates into the Golgi-Tendons and Muscle Spindles to give feedback on the muscle tendon stress.

The tendon itself has levels of flexibility the stages are called the stress to strain ratio; meaning the more tensile stress(stretch) is placed on the connective tissue the higher the strain.

If you look at the graph you’d notice that every type of tissue has a peak in elasticity, you’d also notice a plastic region, that’s the “no, no” region. The Golgi tendons and muscle spindles will always let you know when you’ve reached that far with; pain, massive discomfort and more tightness rather than flexibility. our goal is to always stop just at the peak of the elastic stage.

What’s so bad and ugly about static stretching?

There really is no ugliness, it’s how it’s used and taught that is ugly. For static stretching, it can be held from 15sec-1 minute. What decides how long to hold or how often to stretch is the need for that individual.

i.e.

A contortionist needs a massive amount of flexibility and enough strength

A Powerlifter needs enough flexibility to be able to move through movements in specific areas

A Gymnast needs enough flexibility and strength to maintain a certain pose.

What happens when those who need power rather than flexibility stretch way too much or too often? They get weaker and have a greater chance of injury.  The reason has to do with the new found range of motion not being fully trained to execute load and leading to the plasticity region.

The other ugly part is how people teach stretching. The two stretches that we would advise people to stop doing is the stand to toe touches and the infamous pigeon stretch. Those are some good stretches, if you’re looking to strain the mcl and lower back.

When is Static Stretching Good? 

Static stretching is great when the participant needs to decrease stiffness and increase range of motion for event or activity/sport. Stretching will allow the participant to increase their “stretch-tolerance” allowing them to gain more flexibility.

“But what about for recovery?”, doing mild exercise is actually proven to be better as a cool down than actual stretching. For a thorough and great write up regarding stretching and recovery read the following by the NSCA:

 

By: Eric Martinez Co-Founder | Clinical Performance Specialist

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