You must learn to walk before you can learn to run. Taking that a step further, you must learn how to move properly before practicing the art of your chosen sport. Injuries often occur due to the fact that an athlete cannot move through a motion properly. The problem with movement is that a lot of people don’t find out that they were moving poorly until they are injured because of it.

Luckily, there are a variety of simple mobility techniques out there that can be performed every day to create a neurological pathway within the body. Just like anything else, if a certain skill or movement pattern is practiced everyday, then eventually the body will recognize that exercise and begin to adapt to it.

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When it comes to Olympic lifting, that is a perfect example of a skill that can only be improved with practice and proper technique. Often times however, proper technique cannot be achieved not for lack of effort, but for a lack of natural mobility. Because of this setback, that then contributes to a setback in strength and power development.

For all of these reasons and more, it is imperative to find out your own individual movement capabilities both in everyday life and in skillful lifts. After you know your movement patterns, you can then train your body to perform them properly, sending you on the proper path of achieving maximum strength gains. Director of Strength and Conditioning Brian Amenta demonstrates techniques that you can improve mobility and therefore reduce the risk of injury in the video below.

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