Asymmetry of the Human Body: Does it Really Matter?

Posted by Michael Lucido, PT, DPT, OCS, COMT, FAAOMPT on Feb 23, 2018 8:44:15 AM

In a recent New York Times article, “Short-Track Speedskaters Are Lopsided,” the author notes and interviews several Olympic athletes that can tell they are “off” and out of “balance"--and they notice this more during regular activities of daily life than in their event. The article goes on to highlight these asymmetries are most commonly seen with speedskaters. According to the article, it is common to find that their thighs and glutes are typically larger on the right, while their lower-back muscles maybe more developed on the contralateral side. This finding is common with athletes that always train in one direction or play a sport, such as tennis, that requires unilateral domination.

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Topics: Lumbopelvic Spine, lumbopelvic spine, olympics, short track skating, asymmetry

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