My colleagues and I are frequently asked by our clients why they or their children develop muscle imbalances, scar tissues, adhesions, and other muscle and joint issues. There are several factors that contribute to such problems, but one of them is the nature of the coaching/training they receive.
Sports coaches and trainers may have the best intention in putting their subjects through the best training regimens, but if the subjects aren’t structurally prepared, they are developing soft tissue issues by compensating for weak muscles and tendons, and over-stressing ligaments due to bad form.
Let’s take one of the most common exercises coaches and trainers put their subjects through: the push up. This exercise may seem to be safe for children and adults, but if not performed properly, it may lead neck, shoulder or back issues later on. When we see coaches put their players through their paces, and we see them performing “push ups”, the majority of them are preparing more for the therapists than they are for the sport. In the photo above of a typical poor push up, we can see potetial for neck, shoulder, and back issues.
That is why it is important for anyone who is concerned about improving their strength and fitness levels should make sure their coach is qualified in motor development, athlete development, and even adolescent development. Do not just settle for a good sports coach, who knows the game.