With summer sports winding down, and the weather starting to snap cold, I wanted to start a series about the importance of staying outside this fall. In the next couple of weeks I will be discussing some common injuries I see in the office from my patients that hunt, hike and fish and ways that you can prevent them. I will also be discussing and demonstrating proper movements to make you the most efficient athlete as possible while your performing your outdoor activities.
In sports the most valuable player is not always the flashiest, or the most talked about but everyone knows a person a team would not function without. The body is the same way. Its most valuable player is not the most a glamorous or talked about. It's not the pecs, biceps, chest or glutes. My patients, athletes, and students are probably tired of me talking about the true Most Valuable Muscle the thoracic diaphragm. This post will hopefully let you know why I am so adamant about this subject and to give you some insight into the thoracic diaphragm.
I was leaving the gym last Tuesday and I followed the routine that I normally do when leaving. There is a slight downhill grade from the gym doors to the parking lot. The sidewalk winds around a bed of flowers and there is a retaining wall separating the flowers from the sidewalk. Without realizing it I always jump up on the retaining wall and try to tight rope walk down to the bottom of the wall. My mind is usually on the next task at hand when leaving the gym and this routine has just become something that I do when I leave.