China Tour - Day 1 - Nanning Sport School - Part 2
After the all-too-brief visit to the Weightlifting gyms, I was whisked away to the Track & Field Track to ask for help with some hip problems the sprinters were having. Again, just basic imbalances in hip strength. The Chinese 100 & 200-m sprinters do large training volumes, more like the training of 800-m runners. We watched one of the top sprinters and he definitely lost form going around the bend...they were well into their session, so fatigue has to come into play to a degree. But again we did a quick clam shell assessment, isometric 5 x 6-secs and try to manually gauge the levels of strength in a L v R comparison. Similar strength on both sides for the first two reps, but one side dropped off hideously in force on the third rep ~ equating to where (in length of time) he was hitting the bend. Most likely this is due to a combination of training factors, but always going the same way around the bends with large volumes can precipitate the development of these imbalances in the hips between ER and IR/groin on opposite sides. I just showed them some basic drills I have learned off Franz Bosch and Dean Benton. Hopefully these recommendations can help. One thing about the Chinese athletes, they will do the work set!