Graeme Smith, a former South African cricket captain who I’d worked together with over the years, arrived with an unusual scenario:
He had broken his fingers 5 times in two years. This was either really unlucky, or there was something hidden going on. I assessed him, and it showed he was using what I call a ‘333 arm’ for his left hip, which basically means that his right arm was entirely responsible for driving his left leg. Interesting.
Before he started breaking fingers he’d long-suffered with elbow problems, had had surgery, and the result was that the locking up had moved down to his hand. This meant his was really tight (because it was trying to control the rest of the body…) and therefore it had no resilience when being hit by a cricket ball in batting, or when catching a ball. It’s only option was to break.
With Activation work we got him back to correct sequencing, which I call ‘123’.
Interestingly, at that time he was also often getting caught behind – if your hands move before your hips it takes away a lot of batting control! After our work, his body could return to functioning fully again.