Functional Human Movements

HINGE

This functional movement builds the posterior chain, which comprises the hamstrings, glutes, and the lower back. Translating this to ADLs, hinging from the hip is most relevant when picking something off the floor – with glute back, torso forward and maintain a neutral spine.

ROTATION

This movement pattern involves moving forward/backwards or side/side involving twisting at the core. This is seen when throwing a ball, changing direction while running or kicking a ball. The core, particularly the obliques are the main muscle groups that contribute to this movement pattern (Russian twist, pall off press)

GAIT

This functional movement is specific to the technique of walking and/or running. Gait movements involve a combination of movements (lunge, rotation, pulling). Exercise can include jumping, farmer walk, high knees.