For the month of January, we have selected exercises to keep you strong and agile on the pickleball court throughout the entire winter 🥒🎾
Exercise: Standing Resisted Trunk Rotation
Purpose: To isolate trunk/thoracic spine rotation in the transverse plane and strengthen the core muscles concentrically (as they are shortening) and eccentrically (as they are lengthening) without compensatory movements in other planes
What It Targets: Controlled mobility of the Internal Obliques, External Obliques, Transverse Abdominis, Serratus Anterior, Lower and Middle Trapezius
Place your inside arm through a long looped resistance band anchored lower than your hips.
Rotate 360 degrees, allowing the loop resistance to wrap around your trunk. The band should wrap around your back, your outside shoulder, and then cross your belly back to the source of the resistance.
Stand perpendicular to the source of the resistance and cross your arms over your shoulders.
Assume a slight hip hinge position.
Keeping your spine straight and gaze straight ahead, rotate your trunk towards the outside shoulder as far as you can without discomfort or compensation. This is the concentric portion.
Control the motion by slowly rotating back towards the source of the resistance as far as you can without discomfort or compensation. This is the eccentric portion.
Repeat on the other side.
Repeat as prescribed.
Drive the motion with your thoracic spine (mid back) and ribcage
The motion should primarily be in the transverse plane - AKA rotation
Keep your gaze straight ahead the whole time
Maintain good control, keeping your spine stacked and core engaged throughout the entire motion
Common Compensations/Adverse Effects:
Pain in the low back
Correction: Make conscious effort to build and maintain tension throughout the core and to not arch the back or tilt the pelvis forward. Exhaling helps!; Reduce the range of motion; Reduce the resistance
Cramping in the mid back/rib muscles
Correction: This means the muscles are working hard in ranges they’re not used to! This should reduce with repetition as you get stronger; Reduce the range of motion; Reduce the resistance
Head moves with the shoulders/trunk
Correction: While this isn’t a bad thing, this isn’t the goal of the exercise. Keeping the gaze straight ahead superimposes relative neck rotation as the trunk rotates below it and is an added benefit of the exercise! Try to pick an item in front of you and maintain your gaze on it
Why We Love It:
It isolates and resists trunk rotation while keeping the low back and neck/head stable
It superimposes relative neck rotation as the trunk rotates below which is an added benefit! Especially for those with neck pain, but even better for when you’re on the pickleball court and need to keep your eye on the ball!
*Disclaimer: Not all exercises are suitable for everyone, and participation in novel activities may increase the risk of adverse effects such as pain, soreness, or injury. Please consult with your Physician or a local Physical Therapist prior to attempting any exercise you feel uncomfortable performing. If adverse reactions occur, discontinue performance of the exercise and consult your physician or trusted clinician for evaluation.