| Article written on April 10th, 2016 at 12:23pm | Follow Garrett on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram |
The bear crawl is an often overlooked, but significantly important foundational movement pattern. What has surprised me the most over the years is how many people struggle with it.
Why is this so, when we ingrained crawling at such an early age without being taught how to do so?
The inability to crawl partly has to do with our upright lifestyle. As our movement and lifestyle change, we lose the ability to perform skills that we have once mastered.
But, how does this affect running?
In essence, running is just a progression of crawling. As we develop throughout the lifespan we incorporate different movement patterns to get from A to B. Once it was crawling, then we stood up to walk, run, etc. The same skills that are developed in crawling set the stage for more advanced forms of locomotion. With that being said, we cannot just dismiss crawling altogether and say we don’t need it anymore.
Wouldn’t you agree that going back to basics would improve the end result?
In the following video, I touch on the importance of bear crawling as a foundational movement that benefits running. Not only does it target strength and stability, but crawling has a huge neuromuscular component. The nervous system receives input from the cross-pattern nature of crawling, which ultimately improves movement efficiency. So, next time you work on crawling realize you are targeting the brain and not just specific muscles and joints! This is where true improvements to movement can be created.
Question of the Day: Besides running, do you incorporate any other forms of locomotion? i.e. crawling, skipping, bounding, etc. Leave your comment below.
By: Garrett McLaughlin, MS, ATC, CSCS, ART