Do you want to increase the speed of your serves or drives?
Do you have tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, or low back pain that keeps returning and you are not sure what to do about it?
This tip could get you back into the game as a stronger player without the pain!
Listen to the video and comment “ME” if you have ever had these issues.
We discussed on an earlier video the importance of rotation in your thoracic spine (mid back). I hope you have been working on that!
We also know our core needs to stabilize our lumbar spine (low back). Our pelvis and our hips are the most important place for power and velocity.
In short, we have local muscles and global muscles. Most people work really hard on their global muscles because they are taught these in exercise classes and toned global muscles will give you the visual appeal you’re looking for. It’s great to work on global muscles- I like how they look too! However, for athletes, we need to make sure we have a good balance with strength and endurance in our local muscles as well!
Our local muscles control movement of our spine by providing stabilization and they also help us a lot with creating power, velocity and rotation from our hips. We need not only strength in local muscles, but endurance as well.
I’m going to show you one exercise today that I feel is THE most important in the hip to help with all 3 of these things. (S/L hip abduction in extension – talk about the importance of form, engaging your brain with the muscle, and slow and controlled form.)
This is not the easiest or most challenging position for this exercise. Try it and comment below if you feel a burn in the back pocket while you do this exercise. If it is too easy or too difficult, let me know and I’ll message you how to modify it!
If you have any questions about your pain or if physical therapy might be right for you, please call Pin Point Physical Therapy at 704-612-6797 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m happy to answer your questions.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Ginger Morrissey
The longer people are sedentary the more fear they have of moving. Ginger is a Fellow of Orthopedics and has helped countless numbers of people with back pain return to their normal lifestyle including tennis and golf.
Ginger Morrissey is one of Charlotte’s leading physical therapists who helps adults and athletes return to the activities they love without pain medications, injections, or surgery. She graduated with a degree in Physical Therapy from The University of Oklahoma in 1997. She has completed numerous post-graduate courses in manual therapy. She completed a Fellowship in Manual Orthopedics in 2008 with emphasis on the Spine so that she could provide a more advanced service for helping people return to normal movement. In 2014, she completed her certification in Trigger Point Dry Needling (CMTPT). This specialized training resulted in her being more thorough and efficient in treating muscles and fascia, the root cause of their back pain. With more than 20 years of experience, she has worked in numerous clinical settings and treated thousands of people with back pain.
In her spare time Ginger enjoys spending time with her family, running, playing tennis, scuba diving and doing things in the great outdoors.