Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Hints for Safety and Abdominal Involvement

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Hints for Safety and Abdominal Involvement

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A. Use the abdominals, not the hip flexors

Contact from the top, bottom, or both. Try to eliminate moving the hip joint. Use the rectus abdominous.

B. One spinal function at a time

The spine was made to flex, extend, move laterally, and rotate - but not all at once. If you add other moves to spinal flexion, remember that you could be using the rectus abdominous less and other muscles more or compromising the integrity of the lower back.

C. Keep the hips slightly flexed Keeping a slight flexion in the hip joint will protect the student from spinal hyperextension. Having students think about maintaining a slight flexion will tighten the hip flexors and should eliminate their accidental use during abdominal work.

D, Maintain a pelvic tilt

Several things can occur when students maintain a pelvic tilt. First, the lumbar area of the spine will be protected from hyperextension. Also, students will already have the abdominal area in an isometric contraction and will be in the correct position for concentric contractions. …

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