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Are You Effectively Working the Posterior Chain?

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© December, 2010


by Dr. Michael Yessis
President, Sports Training, Inc.

The concept of posterior chain development is popular among football strength coaches. In essence, it implies working the extensor muscles of the lower back (erector spinae) and hip joint (glutes and hamstrings). In addition, I would include the ankle joint (gastrocnemius and soleus) since it intertwines with the hamstrings and is also involved in the execution of the skills involving the hamstrings and gluteus maximus. 

    These three joints and the muscles involved are strongly activated in running, quickly coming up out of the two-or three-point stance, and both driving forward and leaping upward. All a ...The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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