Jonathan Hewitt ATC wrote the following:

I was wondering if you could help me understand something. In the document you and Mr. Benton wrote on hamstring prevention, the exercise RDLs are mentioned, however a week or so ago you listed RDLs as dangerous and then questionable. I’m genuinely confused on your perspective here. Thanks for considering my question.

I am certainly not trying to create confusion. Personally I do not like the RDL. Dean has used it successfully with no problem. We had some extensive discussions about including it, in the end I differed to his experience. Incidentally since that post I have received several emails from people that I respect who use it as a part of the program with no ill effects. They explained how and why and it made sense in their situation. I have had several bad experiences with the exercise so I do not use or recommend it. I will revisit when I see Dean in Australia.

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Vern Gambetta

Vern Gambetta

Director at Gambetta Sports Training Systems
Vern is the Director of Gambetta Sports Training Systems. He has been the a conditioning coach for several MLS teams as well as the conditioning consultant to the US Men's World Cup Soccer team. Vern is the former Director of Conditioning for the Chicago White Sox and New York Mets. He has lectured and conducted clinics in Canada, Japan, Australia and Europe and has authored six books and over one hundred articles related to coaching and sport performance in a variety of sports. He has a BA in teaching with a coaching minor and an MA in Education with an emphasis in physical education from Stanford University.
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