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Learning from Babies: Quadruped Stability

The videos tell the story with this one: the same stabilization patterns the baby employs before it embarks on its crawling adventure are the same stabilization patterns you can use with adults to groove rotary stability.

Even the video description provided by the parent is prescient ("She's up on her hands and knees, she's got the strength, and she's figured out forward motion. Now she just needs to trust her hands.")

Pain and Movement Compensation

It’s fairly common sense to most people that pain affects movement.  Without getting into specific mechanisms, pain represents a threat and the brain is naturally programmed to alter its movement in the presence of pain.  Additionally, because pain often correlates poorly with actual structural damage, decoding the body’s messages can be tricky.   

Review: Fatigue and Stability in Elite Gymnasts

Here’s a chicken or the egg problem for today…does a weak trunk cause fatigue or does fatigue impair the trunk?  You can make compelling arguments in both directions.  Perhaps weak trunk musculature causes inefficient movements elsewhere in the body, leading to premature fatigue.  Alternatively, any activity when performed to fatigue (even if not isolated to the core) may impair the trunk.  Perhaps too, the trunk is merely the proxy by which many choose to measure stability in the nervous system.