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Avoiding Rotation in the Bottom Position of the Snatch – 004 – Kettlebell Sport Science

We know from numerous biomechanical, anatomical and cadaveric studies that inducing flexion and rotation to the lumbar spine puts a large amount of stress on our discs.  Constantly loading the low back in this position may lead to low back pain and disc herniations / bulges.

Do you think it may be a good idea to avoid this position, especially under a high eccentric load?  I sure do.

Enter the kettlebell snatch.  Most of us are taught to keep a straight back throughout this exercise.  But if you’re like me, 8, 9, 10 minutes into a set of snatches, we get tired and technique starts to plummet.

This is the best time to get injured.

How do we make sure we stay in the best position?  Awareness is the first thing.  This is the focus of this week’s episode.

Key points covered in the video below:

  • How to spot someone who is rotating at the bottom position
  • How to “find your hips” for the perfect hip hinge
  • Key accessory exercises



Thanks for your attention!

Dr. Eric St-Onge

Dr. Eric St-Onge graduated with a B.Sc. (Hon) from McMaster University, and subsequently obtained his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from New York Chiropractic College. He is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA. Dr. St-Onge understands that there is no single method that will treat all injuries and movement dysfunctions. This is why he uses an integrative approach to care. A lifelong learner, he is determined to make the best decisions for his patients for the best outcomes. He recently completed a 2-year intensive post-graduate Sports Sciences fellowship at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, Dr. St-Onge competed internationally in Kettlebell Sport, a form of weightlifting. He has also achieved the North American record in one of the events. Dr. St-Onge has endured sport injuries himself and understands the physical and emotional strain that come along with it. He abides by the rule that the best way to treat an injury is to prevent it all together.