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Chop Exercise

In many overhead sports, such as American football, baseball, tennis, golf, and lacrosse, which has the athlete’s hand or implement in an overhead position during the acceleration phase – the throw or swing action – the player can experience power leakages at any point during the release point or contact with the ball. Functional exercises mimic the activity needed to efficiently perform the overhead skill – reducing the loss of power in transition from two end points. Three such exercises are chop, lift, & parallel rotation.

Chop Exercise

Using a light cord with rotating handles, attach the cord above shoulder height to an anchor, like a fence, or doorframe. Assume a position away from the anchor such that the hands are at a height consistent with the sport activity.

Legs are in a standing, archer position. Arms are extended with a slight bend at the elbow, head is turned down looking the target below. Pull first with the hips, then rotate the hips as the hands pass across the midline of the body – diagonal from high to low. Perform 10 chopping-type motions and repeat to the opposite side.

Remember, you should always consult your physician before beginning any exercise, diet, or nutritional supplementation program.