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Let's Chat, Myths: Form/Technique + Posture

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Welcome back to Chat Sh*t Get Fit, The Myths. This week we explore the common consensus that there is good and bad form/technique, good and bad posture and that this will lead to more pain/more injuries. We want to stress that we are not saying that form/technique and posture does not matter. 


Key things we explore in this episode,

  • What do we mean by incorrect/improper form/technique

  • Load management: Not good or bad form but good or bad load

  • Deadlifts/lifting in general

  • Manual Handling Training (Useless?)

  • Posture

  • Squats (Squat U is of course mentioned)

  • Sport Specific movements (Kipping Pull-Ups etc)

It's a nice long one this week and it certainly needed the attention going by what we have found from various polls and discussions with people.


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Studies Mentioned

Biomechanics of changes in lumbar posture in static lifting

How to lift a box that is too large to fit between the knees

The effect of lumbar posture and pelvis fixation on back extensor torque and paravertebral muscle activation

Kettlebell swing, snatch, and bottoms-up carry: back and hip muscle activation, motion, and low back loads

Effects of load on good morning kinematics and EMG activity

Comparison of different strongman events: trunk muscle activation and lumbar spine motion, load, and stiffness

Occupational interventions for the prevention of back pain: Overview of systematic reviews

Risk factors for low back pain and sciatica: an umbrella review

"Sit Up Straight": Time to Re-evaluate

No consensus on causality of spine postures or physical exposure and low back pain: A systematic review of systematic reviews

Comparing lumbo-pelvic kinematics in people with and without back pain: a systematic review and meta-analysis

The training—injury prevention paradox: should athletes be training smarter and harder?

The acute: chronic workload ratio predicts injury: high chronic workload may decrease injury risk in elite rugby league players

The temporal structure of motor variability is dynamically regulated and predicts motor learning ability

The Role of Variability in Motor Learning

Is movement variability important for sports biomechanists?

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