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

Screening the lunge pattern

Corrective strategies

We have noted the commonly observed deviations from a normal forward lunge pattern in Tables 1 and 2 above. Note that we list a number of possible imbalances between muscle groups. Addressing the issues detailed in the possible imbalances columns may assist in resolving issues that relate to muscle tightness and muscle weakness. We will outline in our workshops a range of mobility and stability or strengthening exercises to address these possible imbalances. However, we must also note that in certain imbalances it is important to liaise with a sports medicine professional for precise corrective strategies that may require more fundamental joint mobility assessment.

The S&C coach should also determine whether the limitation or restriction to better movement is due to a mobility or a stability issue in the player. We will discuss this further in our workshops but we also provide a number of range of motion (ROM) tests that assess key joint mobility. These tests are described in our next topic – 'Range of motion testing' – and the S&C coach can use these tests productively to determine whether the player requires greater ROM training or stability and strengthening.