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Ignorance Is Bliss

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Gray Cook reminds us in his most recent book, Movement, that things are not always what they appear.

• What we view as weakness may be muscle inhibition
• The weakness is a prime mover might be the result of a dysfunctional stabilizer
• Poor function in an agonist may actually be problems with the antagonist.
• What we view as tightness may be protective muscle tone, guarding and inadequate muscle coordination.
• What we see as bad technique might be the only option for the individual performing poorly selected exercises.
• What we see as a low general fitness may be the extra metabolic demand produced by inferior neuromuscular coordination and compensation behavior.

-pg.25. Movement by Gray Cook.

....or we could just ignore these points and sleep a whole lot better at night "knowing" that our patients somehow simply didn't respond to our "traditional" treatment protocol.

... or we could take a look a little bit further down the rabbit hole.

The decision is yours. 


Art Horne is the Coordinator of Care and Strength & Conditioning Coach for the Men’s Basketball Team at Northeastern University, Boston MA.  He can be reached at

Mobility and Stability - Things Aren't Always As They Appear

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How closely are you looking at your athletes?


"Loss of mobility is sometimes the only way the body can achieve a point of stability, but that stability is not authentic. It is often seen or observed as stiffness or inflexibility, but on a sensory motor level, it is part of a system with no other available choice. It is basically engineered dysfunction at a local level to allow continued physical performance at a global level."

Pg. 27. Movement by Gray Cook.

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