Soccer Players Tug of War by Mike Cantrell

CLICK HERE to read faculty member, Mike Cantrell's newest paper that he has written titled "The Soccer Player's Tug of War: A Simple Understanding of Athletic Pubalgia and Sports Hernias".

Posted June 13, 2014 at 4:18PM
Categories: Clinicians Athletics


Bill Hartman Posted June 13, 2014 at 11:07:57PM
Excellent Mike. Thanks! We're working with the Indy 11 pro soccer team here in Indianapolis. Perfect article at the perfect time.
Heather Carr Posted June 18, 2014 at 9:26:50PM
Thank you for this article Mike. I like your “tug of war” concept. The day I read this I was also witnessing a case of “tug of war” in one of my patients. I was having a tough time getting a PEC neutral and decided to look at her abdominal walls under diagnostic ultrasound. As expected, her right lateral abdominal wall was significantly thicker than her left. However, what I also found was that her left TA was not properly sliding laterally during contraction due to the excessive tone of the right. Her right and left TAs were having their own tug of war and the right was winning. I then proceeded to assist the left TA by manually sliding the right abdominal fascia laterally to the left while getting my patient to activate the left lateral abdominal wall. By taking the right lateral tension off of the left TA it was then able to start properly contracting. While this was happening my patient’s symptoms immediately improved (R sciatica) and her pelvis achieved more neutrality.


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