Many people’s current training programs are loaded with double legged “functional movements,” but they have discrepancies between their right and and left sides. We at OPT believe that this can cause problems over time if it is not assessed and corrected appropriately. In the CCP courses, we show two screens (one to show dorsi-flexion range of motion and the other shows pronation and supination to show tibial rotation) to assess unilateral discrepancies.
If someone does has an inability to go through proper range of motion in both ankles or has that difference from one side to the other, they will be at risk for injury doing a variety of movements that require optimal movement in the ankle joint. Some common movements in the sport of fitness can be high speed running, plyometrics, jump roping, over head squatting, front squatting, and high speed weightlifting. There are a variety of ways to improve this dysfunction, but over time it may have to be something that is “referred out” to a professional.
In this video, James discusses some of the screens OPT uses to look at the functionality of the ankle joint and how dysfunction can cause problems with people in the sport of fitness or in search of balanced fitness.