Often we tend to think of the hamstrings as one muscle and train them as such. However, this is a mistake because there can be a big difference in flexibility and strength amongst the three. For example, BioKinetic Athlete @iron_fit_rd has a strength deficit in her medial hamstrings – semitendinosis and semimembranosus, compared to the lateral hamstring – the bicep femoris. On the left, her feet are pointed inward, stretching and challenging the bicep femoris. On the right, her feet are pointed outward, challenging the medial hamstrings. You can see her lumbar round in this one.
Check out how BKE Integration helped this athlete with her ability to arch the lower back while in hip flexion. What worked? Not stretching or any flexibility or mobility or soft tissue techniques. It came down to training her hamstrings to “load” or contract and stabilize her pelvis while moving into forward pelvic tilt.
If you have a bio mechanical issue that appears to be lack of flexibility, it might not be your flexibility at all, but instead a “loading” issue….
I thought my high school sports career was over when I had severe knee problems in my sophomore year. I had over 300 physical therapy sessions and my knee situation actually got worse. We heard about Dave from my sports medicine doctor and made an appointment. Dave did a thorough bio-mechanical assessment and explained what he found and how he could fix it. Needless to say we were skeptical but we gave it a shot. In less than two months I was starting football practice and went on to not only play basketball in high school, but live my dream of playing in college. I still play today and rely on Dave to keep me healthy. I recommend anyone with a seemingly unsolvable situation to see Dave and try his BKE method.
At Athlete Engineering, we assess each athlete by breaking down the fundamental needs of their sport and position and compare those needs to the individual’s current condition. Not only do we look at the athlete’s structure and movement, but also their biology and state of consciousness (BioKinetic Energy). From this assessment we can determine where the priorities are for optimization.
“Dave, THANK YOU a billion!!!! I truly can not thank you enough for everything you did for me this summer. I really don’t even think I would have a chance at senior season if it wasn’t for you, your amazing knowledge, and your unmatched skill at what you do. You have been such a blessing” – Sarah Price
“Thank you Dave for helping me get through the Crossfit 2017 Open. I’m pretty sure my body would have crumbled if it weren’t for you. BKE is awesome stuff! Thanks so much!” -Nicole N