I accept cookies from this site

We use cookies to help make this website better. To find out more about the cookies we use, please read our Cookies Policy. If you continue without changing your cookie settings, you consent to this use, but if you want, you can find information in our Cookies Policy about how to remove cookies by changing your settings.

Introduction
LTAD - a critique
Demands of the game
Profile of players
Functional screening
Resistance training
Speed and agility training
Integrated game conditioning
Periodisation
Content
Questions

Screening the lunge pattern

Introduction

In our Pre-Level 1 S&C course, we described the squat pattern and noted common deviations from what may be considered a normal or proper squat movement pattern. Here we add to our repertoire for screening common movement patterns and describe the forward lunge screen.

The lunge pattern is a fundamental movement pattern common to many field, court and track and field sports. It is considered one of several fundamental movement patterns that require development for better exercise and sport performance (Cook 2010, Chek 2000, Kritz et al 2008). The forward lunge in particular is frequently used as a screening tool to assess an athlete’s movement ability (Cook 2010).

In this topic, we will examine the forward lunge screen with a view to advancing the S&C coaches understanding of what may be considered a proper lunge. The goal is to identify movement patterns that are not seen as proper patterns and as such may need attention before the player progresses to more intense or loaded lunges in training.

Aim

The aim of this module is to provide a more in-depth approach to screening the player using common movement patterns and range of motion joint specific tests.

Outcome

The S&C coach will be able to complete a functional screening programme using common movement patterns and specific joint range of motion tests. In addition, the coach will be able to prescribe appropriate mobility corrective exercises.