Over the past few weeks, I've dove into the importance of Controlled Articular Rotations (CARs), Progressive Angular Isometric Loading (PAILs), and Regressive Angular Isometric Loading (RAILs). While these are all great methods of assessing your mobility limitations and trying to expand on them, there's still one piece of the puzzle that we're missing on.
Range of motion doesn't mean a single thing if you're not able to control the ranges you've acquired.
This holds true with folks that express congenital laxity (hypermobility) with their movement. While these people can get into positions the normal human being can't quite easily, they're at greater risk of injuring themselves in these positions simply because of the lack of stability they present.
The key to preventing injury at the maximal range of motion is learning how to control these ranges of motion. Sounds confusing, I know. The video below provides two examples on how to control hip flexion through both full range of motion and stabilizing at end range.
I've hammered the hell out of the lower extremities these past couple weeks. Next week, we'll start to dive into the upper extremities and continue to put the pieces of the puzzle together.