Written by: Adrian Baker, DPT, PRC | Posted by: Jen Zamora
On December 2, 2014, I had the pleasure of attending and assisting the Cantrell Center in hosting a Volleyball Symposium to the members and parents of the Central Georgia Volleyball Association (CGVA). Mike Cantrell, MPT, PRC, spoke about the vital role that biomechanics play in injury prevention and attaining peak performance. The speech was packed with the basic PRI principles as well as a few Cantrellisms we have all grown to enjoy. Mike was able to educate our local volleyball players on lateralized functional behaviors. Through a series of pictures and demonstrations, he was able to teach the volleyball community that not only can we predict and test these asymmetries, but that we can also improve them with a Postural Restoration Program. After neutralizing the dominant chains of muscle, we work toward acquiring reciprocal and alternating movement of the pelvis, rib cage, neck, and head in all three planes. This type of movement will increase speed, stamina, and overall athletic performance AND help prevent injuries.
We left the athletes with a list of the “Top 5 Recommendations for Volleyball Players”
1. Be able to fully squat
2. Stand frequently with weight over your LEFT leg
3. DO NOT overstretch your LEFT hamstring
4. Be able to blow up a balloon CORRECTLY
5. Wear supportive shoes
We had an excellent time with an engaged audience. We are doing another symposium on January 27th for the Perry High School Soccer Team! See you there or read about it here!!
Adrian Baker, DPT, PRC