“The reason you have that injury is because you have a muscle imbalance.”
“Oh, I have some questions…”
- Did you compare peak force or average force?
- Did you use yourself as the testing instrument? How do you know it’s not your muscle imbalances we’re testing?
- Is it structural or functional?
- What ROM did you use?
- Were the muscles/movements measured at the same velocity?
- What muscle contraction type did you compare? Concentric to concentric? Eccentric to eccentric? Concentric to eccentric? Eccentric to concentric? (You get the picture).
- Is the imbalance a strength issue? Speed issue? Skill issue? Endurance issue? Rate of force development issue? Or a fear issue?
- Was it in a seated position? Prone? Supine? Standing? Walking? Running? Cycling? Bracing?
- Is it a cause of the injury or a symptom of the injury?
- What would you say was my level of arousal during the test?
- Did you use an isolated test or an integrated test?
- Assuming the muscle crosses two joints, which joint action did you choose to test?
MORE: For Athletes Only.
- For my sport/position/body type/chronological age/training age/ etc, what should the ‘ideal ratio’ be?
- How do you know that athletes in my sport don’t succeed because of that supposed imbalance?
- If I do have an imbalance why didn’t the injury happen sooner?