Spectrum Thinking: Movement Retraining

Thoughts from: Jarred Boyd, PT, DPT, MSAT, SCS, CSCS  | Director of Rehab, Memphis Grizzlies

Movement Re-Training / Movement Competency : these are often denoted as the first “phase” / “stage” of the reconditioning process

While I try to avoid binary biases : the tendency to impose categorical distinctions on continuous data and information : there may be credence to the restoration of specific impulse generating capacities prior to prioritizing movement competency, which is itself nebulous though not irrelevant

If we abide by essentialism, movement competency / movement retraining may not always be the worthwhile pursuit we believe or the most probable rate limiter

For example :

  • (ACL-R Reconditioning) emphasizing jump-landing competency prior to the realization of quadriceps specific impulse generating capacity
  • (AT Rupture Reconditioning) emphasizing running re-training prior to the realization of gastrocsoleus complex impulse generating capacity

Of course we can work on both competency and capacity concomitantly – a sort of concurrent reconditioning model. However, we may also find that movement competency, at times, will self organize as force generating capacity is rendered available to assist in solving the movement (i.e. biomechanical + neurophysiological) question

Spectrum Thinking may be one strategy to limit our tendency to create these sorts of discrete (usually two) divisions and pit them against one another. While using an essentialism mindset to assist in determining the priority – particular if time is a constraint and precision is required

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