Need Help Keeping your Spine in Alignment?
Coaches and athletes: if you or one of your players is having difficulty maintaining a neutral spine during hip-hinging movements, then this drill will help! You will need a piece of string or soft tape measure to perform it.
Start upright, holding opposite ends of the string, with one hand on your stomach and the other on your chest. Pull the string taut and perform a hip hinge. Make sure that, as you hinge, the string stays taut. If there is slack, then you have lost the neutral position in your spine.
Use this as a cue to protect your back! Remember, those extensor muscles are meant to keep you upright…not help you stand up when you’re , for instance, pulling up a heavy load of weight! As we’ve said before, the power should come from your posterior chain!