Technique, are you confident that you’re doing your movements correctly?
Is doing movements with correct technique paramount to avoiding injury?
The biggest argument I usually hear for technique is it’s importance towards safety and avoiding injury. Your Physio will ask you to keep your scapula in a certain position and your Personal Trainer will prevent you from letting your knees go past your toes so you don’t get hurt. Does it actually work?
Greg Glassman, founder of CrossFit, says in this video that the fear of doing things incorrectly is overblown to it’s reality. Technique is important, very important, but it’s not a guaranteed prevention of injury. Nor is it guaranteed that if you DON’T have perfect technique you WILL get injured.
Here’s my thoughts:
Our bodies are very versatile. We adapt to different climates, diets, and even physical demands. Our body can withstand a lot of abuse or damage and still continue on. This doesn’t mean that we disregard all safety, it just doesn’t always have to be the primary concern. Life happens.
To me, technique is more about improving the efficiency of a movement or skill, it’s not just a preventer of injury. When learning a new movement or skill, we’re bound to have poor technique at times. As we improve our technique, we improve our efficiency and can get better results.
What we’re NOT told abou technique is that if we spend all our time focused on it, we can actually LIMIT our capacity for improvement. If you try to execute perfect technique all the time, you’ll never be able to perform at your full capacity. As we reach the upper limits of our capacities, technique is likely to decrease slightly. Even top level athletes won’t have perfect technique at their maximum output.
I believe that it is very important to be aware of your technique and how you’re doing things. This will help you get better and more efficient at your movements. However, it will NOT guarantee that you don’t get injured. Pushing yourself to the next level is going to require your technique to break down and fail. The key to safety and injury avoidance is having a progressive training program and a good coach. They’ll know how to keep you safe while pushing you to the next level.
Do you agree with the above? What have you heard about Technique? Please post your thoughts and feedback to comments.