Does Mobility or Stability Come First?
The existence of problems creates the need for solutions. If you have a problem, you want it fixed. If someone offers a solution to your problem for a price that is more valuable to you than its cost, there will be an exchange of goods or services—this the most basic principle of business. Pain, injury, and lack of performance are some of the most common problems people face in life, so it is no surprise that the demand for an answer to these problems has created a huge marketplace within the health care, strength, and fitness industries.
With so many products and services available to address these problems, there is bound to be friction between competing individuals on which products work and don’t work and why. After all, with so much on the line for the individual, the business, and even the educator, being right is pretty important.
When it comes to training an athlete, preventing an injury, or helping someone out of pain, mobility is likely the most common term thrown out to solve these problems. For the last few decades, an immense amount of value has been placed on mobility. From the old presidential fitness tests to injury prevention screening, yoga, and every imaginable product to loosen, stretch, and percuss that stubborn, tight muscle, mobility has been the keystone to unlocking the elusive fix to all of our pain, injury, and performance problems.
But there does exist another contender in this search for solutions. That solution is stability. Both are important for sure, but which is more important? Mobility or stability? Which comes first? Which do we prioritize? Which do we work on first when there is a problem? For those involved in the healthcare, fitness, and strength industries, these are questions that have been long debated and have much enthusiasm behind them, creating the ultimate chicken vs. the egg debate in the human body. So which is the answer? How do we know once and for all?