From Isolation to Coordination

When Rick Celebrini got his start, he was working with many NHL players. In those days rehab was all about the table, rebuilding the injured body through isolation exercises. Therapists would say: You absolutely cannot get this guy moving until you have the transversus firing correctly – he has to do his dead bug perfectly.

But sports is no different from real life, in the sense that both involve coordinated movements. As soon as people leave the physio clinic, they’re out there picking up their kids, lifting groceries out of the car, etc. Shouldn’t rehab look similar? Shouldn’t it also be dynamic?

A critical realization was made: we had to get from isolation to coordination. The approach Rick focused on was a proximal to distal movement strategy – in other words, moving from the middle outward. The key for him was being able to initiate movement from the core. He found when athletes maintained this movement strategy it could increase muscle activity and often decrease pain.

For many athletes this movement strategy is the opposite of what they are taught growing up. A great example of this is in basketball. When we’re young and doing defensive slide drills, players are taught to reach for a spot with their lead leg. They reach for a spot and have the rest of their body follow. This distal to proximal movement strategy is common, but it’s less powerful and puts athletes in a vulnerable position if they need to quickly change direction again.

Being able to re-teach and perfect these movement strategies is an important element at CoreVYO. You’ll see this in our Foundations Movements; at their base level these exercises are all about moving effectively and building following solid principles that translate to more dynamic movement.

Check out our Foundations Videos to see these strategies in action.