The Deep Line as Patrick states, consists of the following:
Posterior tibialis > interosseuos membrane > Knee capsule > adductor hiatus > intermuscular septum > femoral triangle > psoas > anterior longitudinal ligament > diaphragm > pericardium > mediastinum > parietal pleura > fascia prevertebralis > scalenes
Patrick goes on to explain how breathing plays a very important role in the function of this line and provides some excellent strategies for correction and progression.
This got me thinking…
Often times I will use the Bunkie Testing method to assess the various lines throughout the body. I wrote a piece about the Bunkie Test late last year and it can be viewed here. Kevin Neeled also wrote a piece and shot some video on how and why this testing method may play an important role in kinetic linking for hockey players. You can read that here.
As mentioned last fall, the Bunkie Test consists of tests for the following
- Anterior power line
- Medial stabilizing line
- Lateral stabilizing line
- Posterior stabilizing line
- Posterior power line
Do we truly know that we’re testing each of the above? Who knows, but based on Patrick’s article, I think we need to revisit the test and see how we can start testing the DEEP FRONT LINE. That is, the Deep Stabilizing Line. Maybe we can’t. But perhaps we can. I am not trying to reinvent the testing method here. I am simply seeing a flaw in the testing procedure and am now looking for a way to improve it. Joe Heiler of Sports Rehab Expert recently invited me to do an interview and discuss the Bunkie Method of Testing. I hope to do this interview in July so maybe I’ll have some answers by then.
Perhaps there are other ways to test this. I can’t remember off the top of my head right now so if you can think of one, make sure you let me know.
When a patient does present with “dysfunction” of this Deep Front Line, aside from attacking their breathing patterns, I progress to improving their rolling patterns as well. Generally, I will work the supine to prone rolling pattern to improve this line and specifically target the right arm / left leg or left arm / right leg combinations as needed. Carson Boddicker has written several pieces on these topics, one of which is a must read. For an introduction, make sure you read Core Competencies. Mark Young makes a good argument about testing the roll, but personally, I think quality is more important than quantity in this case…but that’s just my opinion!
Progression from here would be to the Dead Bug tract (not dissimilar to Patrick’s videos) and onward to chops and lifts (thanks Mike) and beyond to really attack their stabilizing function. Check out Nick Tumminello’s video of the Vertical Pallof Press for anterior stabilization (to combat lumbar extension).
Lots of info to digest here and certainly plenty of hot links to click on. So thanks to Patrick, Mike, Kevin, Mark, Carson, Nick, and Perry for unknowingly being participants in this post!