I was fortunate to come across Thomas Myers book Anatomy Trains (@anatomytrainsofficial) early in my career (great recommendation from @michael_boyle1959), and it continues to influence how I view movement.
In the book, Myers breaks down the anatomy of 7 important fascial pathways. The lateral line extends from the foot through the peroneals, IT Band, hip abductors, lateral obliques, lateral intercostals up through the splenius capitis and SCM to the lateral aspect of the cranium.
This video shows a “Lateral Wall Lean w/ Triceps Stretch” that emphasizes stretching the lateral line from the ground up. While the triceps aren’t included in Myers lateral line, actively flexing the elbow adds tension along the pathway.
A few notes:
✅ Slide the inside leg under the outside leg and roll the ankle so the outside of the foot is on the ground
✅ Sink the hips toward the wall to feel a stretch through the lateral hip, obliques, and rib cage.
✅ Think of reach your elbow slightly up the wall to increase the tension through the lateral line and through your lat.
✅ Keep this position while you bend your elbow to reach down your back.
✅ Every few reps, see if you can reach your leg further or sink your hips closer to the wall to “take up the slack”
This quickly becomes a favorite with the athletes that try it, in part because it’s addressing areas typically overlooked with more common mobility routines.
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To your success,
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Kevin has rapidly established himself as a leader in the field of physical preparation and sports science for ice hockey. He is currently the Head Performance Coach for the Boston Bruins, where he oversees all aspects of designing and implementing the team’s performance training program, as well as monitoring the players’ performance, workload and recovery. Prior to Boston, Kevin spent 2 years as an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for the San Jose Sharks after serving as the Director of Performance at Endeavor Sports Performance in Pitman, NJ. He also spent 5 years as a Strength and Conditioning Coach with USA Hockey’s Women’s Olympic Hockey Team, and has been an invited speaker at conferences hosted by the NHL, NSCA, and USA Hockey.