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Tuesday, June 6, 2023

Lower-Leg Dysfunction and the Recreational Athlete

Brent Brookbush

Brent Brookbush


Lower-Leg Dysfunction and the Recreational Athlete

By Brent Brookbush MS, PES, CES, CSCS, ACSM H/FS

History: 34yo, former collegiate athlete, history of knee pain

Goal: Increase Performance for Recreational Basketball (League Play)

Results of Movement Assessment: Lower-Leg Dysfunction

Flexibility (Tight/Overactive Muscles):

  • Calves
  • Biceps Femoris
  • SI Joint Dysfunction

Activation Circuit (Long/Underactive Muscles):

  • TVA weakness
  • Gluteus Medius Compensation (TFL Dominance)
  • Posterior Tibailis Weakness
  • Anterior Tibialis Weakness

Subsystem Integration:

  • Underactive Posterior Oblique Subsystem'
  • Underactive Lateral Subsystem

Relative Flexibility Resistance Training Progressions:

  • Upper-Body Movement: No Restrictions
  • Lower Body: Carefully follow Lower-body progression (Modified Squats & Deadlifts to reduce compensation from dorsi-flexion restriction)

Program: 2 Phase, Daily Undulated, Periodization

Integrated Warm-Up: Lower-leg Dysfunction

Phase 1: (4-6 weeks)

  • Day 1: Strength Endurance Circuits
  • Day 2: Strength/Stability Supersets

Phase 2: (4-6 weeks)

  • Day1: Strength/RNT Supersets
  • Day 2: Metabolic Training - Power

Click on the link below to see the program and exercise routines:

Lower-Leg Dysfunction and the Recreational Athlete

© 2011 Brent Brookbush

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