This series of posts will be about trying to build a great foundation physically to enable you to go and have fun with your training.
The building block Im looking at today is the pelvis and hip area. Everything is affected by the positioning of the pelvis. A misalignment in the pelvis and the body becomes out of balance. The result can be a myriad of imbalances. The one that will affect on ice performance the most is an anterior pelvic tilt.
The hardest thing here is trying to work out the old 'chicken before the egg' theory. What is causing the issues in the position of the pelvis? Traditionally I have found the most common issue is an anterior (forward) pelvic tilt. This is caused by tight hip flexors, weak hamstrings, glutes and weak abdominal muscles. These cause pressure in the lower back and can cause that feeling or view of having a 'ducks butt'.
With this example the challenge we have is to manipulate the muscles attached to the pelvis to move the pelvis back into a functionally correct neutral position. The risk of ignoring this postural disfunction and advancing your strength and conditioning training before this has happened, can and will lead in injury on or off the ice down the track.
If you don't have a good stable and strong base in your building blocks as you build further up, everything gets a bit wonky, and no matter how well you work on your arms, legs, and chest, you are not going to get the most out of your training effort.
From here we will look at some exercises to help balance this out, some are simple stretches, and rehabilitation style exercises to get the pelvis back in position before you start doing the fun big lifting, exericises, squats, deadlifts, chest press and the like.
As the weeks go by we will look at these exericse to help create the base for you. If you have questions and issues leave a comment and I will address them.
Thanks for reading.