presented by Gary Gray
Hula hoops, dance moves, hip huggers, and so many other things in our world display how popular the hips truly are to our lives. We focus on them so much, but still fail to pay them any real attention. In this issue of the Functional Video Digest Series, Gary Gray explores the force from the center of our body – the hips. In this issue, Gary explains the hips from a variety of positions, including gait and the golf swing, and evaluates the hips using a relative rotation chart during a case study focused primarily on problems within the hips. Join us as we dive into the functional role the hips play in the chain reaction of our bodies.
Gary Gray PT is the originator and developer of many nationally acclaimed educational programs, including the “Chain Reaction” series of seminars. He is the recipient of the prestigious 2002 John Maley Award which recognizes an individual for innovation in physical therapy. Referred to as “Father of Function” and the leading pioneer and authority in rehabilitation and training, Gary is a respected physical therapist, trainer, educator, author, coach and successful inventor. He has transformed his functional and biomechanical understanding of the body into the most effective performance-enhancement, injury prevention, and rehabilitative applications. Gary’s passion for education and sharing, along with his innovation and desire, allows him to translate the complexities of human function into simple and effective techniques. Gary’s goal is to enhance the lives of professionals and the lives of those they treat and train.
Understand how the hips allow the trunk, the shoulders and the legs to be powerful and successful in all forms of function. Explain how there is really no such thing as an agonist and antagonist with respect to muscle function in functional activities, and especially with the hips.
Explain how the hip gets loaded and unloaded in the sagittal plane with flexion as well as extension. Explain how the hip gets loaded predominantly in the frontal plane through adduction and unloading into abduction. Explain how transverse plane loading of the hip is internal rotation with unloading into external rotation. Describe how in function, it is the hips that allow the ability to turn the abdominal musculature on for enhanced core function.
Understand that the motors in the golf swing are the hips. Explain how relative rotation occurs in the sagittal plane, the frontal plane, and the transverse plane. Identify how the hip is the power source of the body. Understand that conscious awareness must be transformed into initially and even ultimately subconscious reaction for injury prevention and effective rehabilitation.
Explain how the hip undergoes tri-plane loading upon heel contact, and then how it then unloads during mid-stance. Explain how it then undergoes tri-plane loading right before heel lift and swing phase to propel the body forward. Explain how Functional Therapy is understanding how the body is efficient and then figuring out who is messing up the efficiency.