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Frequently, a new tactical athlete requests a program with a high level of intensity. They want to lift heavy and work hard, and rightfully so. The stakes are high for tactical athletes. Not that we don’t want to get them into fighting shape, but before that we want to focus on preventing injury by teaching a high quality of movement, as well as address their individual movement issues. Any athlete needs to move well before moving under a load. If not, the addition of a load, whether it is a barbell or rucksack, is going to exaggerate the problem or previously injured area in their kinetic chain. Basically, as a tactical strength and conditioning facilitator, you must help the tactical athlete achieve optimal movement patterns before they start lifting heavy in the gym.So what do we mean by “good” movement patterns? Inherently, throughout the kinetic chain, there are some areas of the body that should be stable, and other areas that should be mobile. Stable and mobile joints alternate throughout the kinetic chain and therefore complement each other. Therefore, a stable joint allows a mobile joint to move correctly, and a mobile joint allows the stable joint to function as it should. If a joint that is supposed to have good mobility does not, often the next joint in the kinetic chain, which should be a stable joint, compensates for the lack of movement (1,2).
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