Tiger Woods and the CAUSE of his Achilles, “Achilles showed himself to be an Unbeatable Warrior.” What about Tiger?

In the mythical story of Achilles, after his bride Briseis was taken, Achilles was so upset, he refused to battle.  The Greeks pleaded and begged him to return to fight, but he declined.  It wasn’t until his best fiend Patroclus was killed in Achilles place, that he became so enraged he could do nothing else but fight. 

After hearing endless hours of commentary on Tiger’s return; when he’s going to return, if he’s going to return, how he’s going to return, the effect his absence is having on the sport, Tiger and McIlroy, if Tiger watched the Masters, what he’s eating, etc.  And, to my interest, what he is doing for his knee and Achilles.  I too want to see him return to battle and wonder if they are taking a “mythical” approach to his Achilles rehab. 

I will show you the typical, conventional, traditional approach to Achilles rehab. Then we will take a look at the actual function of the left Achilles in the golf swing, then address why conventional rehab and golf training drills for the calf are ineffective and will not address the causes, plus a few hunches as to why Tiger’s Achilles is getting chewed up and how to address it from a 3D sport specific perspective.

The Achilles: A mythical Approach

The traditional approach to treating the Achilles is to view it only in the sagital plane as a plantarflexor while proceeding to do conventional stretches for the calf group while long sitting, band exercises while sitting or laying down, then calf strengthening exercises such as heel raises, or even doing eccentric Achilles exercises on a step. 

This approach won’t cut it for Tiger Woods or any elite golfer.  Here’s why:

Not 3D – This paradigm only address the sagital plane without addressing the frontal and transverse plane.  The transverse plane (rotation) is the most important […]

By |June 21st, 2011|blogs|0 Comments

Derek Jeter: 3,000 Reasons Why it’s Not the Calf

He’s getting close.  You can almost taste it.  I’ve seen so much talk, so many tweets, so many blogs about it.  Jeter’s 3,000.  But the calf throws a wrench into it doesn’t it.  More talk.  More hype.  More conjecture.  I’ve got news…..

The calf is the fall guy.  He is going to get all the press, all the heat, all the talk, all the focus, and all the treatment, unfortunately, is going to be aimed at him.  From a rehab/training paradigm, this could be a serious blunder.

Yes, symptom management needs to be aimed at the calf.  Do the modalities, do the “feel good” stuff; the massage, the Stim, the soft tissue, the meds and all of that.  But on the EXERCISE component, do not just focus on the calf.  I bet you the rehab exercise program looks something like this:

Traditional Sagital Plane Stretches
Ankle Alphabet laying down
Tubing exercises laying down
Calf Isolation Exercises that only target the calf
Heel Raises

I will pick each of the above methods apart in a minute, but suffice it to say, they are OFF.  Instead of plugging Jeter into a predetermined calf program, what about answering the question, “Why?”

“Overuse” is just an excuse.   That is a cop out and does not answer the question nor solve a problem.  It is poor logic.  If it is overuse, then why not both calves?  Why not his shoulder and hamstring as well?  Everything would be breaking down.  There would be a higher attrition rate if it was just overuse. 

Why did the calf get strained?  Is it really just because he is, “trying harder to get to 3,000?”  Come on now.  There is a reason the calf took the hit.  Without doing a biomechanical analysis on Jeter, obviously I […]

By |June 16th, 2011|blogs|0 Comments