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  • Amelia Franklin, PT, DPT, OCS

Spring Into Shape!

The time is fast approaching where we are ready to get our bodies in shape for summer fun in the sun. Whether you are planning to participate in races or you are headed to the beach, it is important that you focus on a few key things to prevent injury.

In our daily lives we move our bodies in multiple planes of motion, sagittal (front/back), frontal (side to side), and transverse (rotation). So why is it that when we train/workout we predominantly focus on one plane, the sagittal plane? It certainly will not transfer to strengthening the other two. It is important to include exercises that strengthen, provide flexbility as well as stability in all planes, particularly the frontal plane. When one adds frontal plane exercises to there workout regimine they will not only provide pelvic stability, they will indirectly decrease the likelihood of low back pain, knee pain, and ankle injuries. What muscles work in the frontal plane you ask? They include but are not limited to adductors, abductors, gluteus medius, and quadratus lumborum.

Next time you are at the gym, on the field, or on your yoga mat include side lunges, triangle poses, and/or carioca drills. Don't skimp on these exercises. The frontal plane musculature is built for endurance, so work them to fatigue! :)

As always, if you have questions please give us a call or stop by!

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