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Fixing the Flaws: Weak Dorsiflexors

Written on April 26, 2007 at 11:22 am, by Eric Cressey

It’s extremely common for athletes to perform all their movements with externally rotated feet. This positioning is a means of compensating for a lack of dorsiflexion range of motion – usually due to tight plantarflexors – during closed-chain knee flexion movements. In addition to flexibility initiatives for the calves, one should incorporate specific work for the dorsiflexors; this work may include seated dumbbell dorsiflexions, DARD work, and single-leg standing barbell dorsiflexions. These exercises will improve dynamic postural stability at the ankle joint and reduce the risk of overuse conditions such as shin splints and plantar fasciitis.

Eric Cressey

2 Responses to “Fixing the Flaws: Weak Dorsiflexors”

  1. span Says:

    eric, waht is “DARD work”?

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