“I first came to Noble Chiropractic with a significant back injury that was limiting me from doing much of what I enjoyed. What I immediately appreciated was Dr. Noble’s plan of action and confidence that he could get me back to and beyond where I was. Specifically, The Performance Lab’s unique approach to going beyond the symptoms and get(ting) to the real issue has benefitted me tremendously.”
Mitch S. CrossFit Games qualifier, 2018
Mitch came to me 2 weeks prior to the 2017 CrossFit regionals with a back injury. Two weeks is naturally not enough time to get an injured back in shape to perform CrossFit tasks but we did our best and he scored a 6th place, putting him one step off the podium and ending his hopes of qualifying for the CrossFit Games which is a collection of the best CrossFit competitors in the world!We worked in his off-season to get his back healed up and then hopefully get him to the next level to help him qualify for the games. Mitch has qualified for the 2018 Games in a much tougher regional than 2017! This year California was included in the regionals and he scored a 5th place finish allowing him to move on the Games in August.
After getting Mitch’s back pointed in the right direction we went into The Performance Lab where we could watch him in a more dynamic setting and see and correct the delays in his muscle firing pattern, which is responsible for breaks in form and lower power output. While Mitch could do a fluid one-leg squats on his right leg, each-and-every time he attempted a one-legged squat on his left leg his body would struggle as can be seen in the ‘before’ segment of the video below. His left side was experiencing delay in the muscle firing pattern creating a loss in power and a break in form on his left side. I removed the delay and his form and power improved immediately as can be seen in the ‘after’ segment of the video below.
We also discovered Mitch had poor coordination, which also equates to a loss in power, throughout his core and hips as the above video shows. The idea is to be able to sit on the roller and have control of it. See my blog Achieving Core Coordination for more on this. It is a tough test and many athletes have trouble initially. I, again, removed the delay in the muscle firing pattern and the changes can been seen in his control between the ‘before’ and ‘after’ treatment segments in the video below.
Athletes at the CrossFit Games, as Wikipedia describes it, “compete in workouts that they learn about hours or days beforehand, consisting mostly of an assortment of standard aerobic, weightlifting, and gymnastics movements, as well as some additional surprise elements that are not part of the typical CrossFit regimen such as obstacle courses, ocean swimming, softball throwing, or ascending a pegboard. The CrossFit Games stylizes their individual winners as the “Fittest on Earth.”
We are excited for Mitch being one of the 40 CrossFit Games North American Finalists, and wish him all the best as he moves through the CrossFit Games this August!