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Fig. 8.8 The forces going through the hurdler's body cross the
Front Functional Line only at one moment during the leap, but a
connection between the forward leg and the opposite shoulder is
maintained throughout the movement.
If we follow the most lateral fibers of the most lateral
muscle, latissimus dorsi, we find them attaching to the outer
portion of the lower three ribs (see Fig. 8.9), with a strong
fascial fabric connection to the posterior fibers of the external
oblique, employed in the Lateral Line in Chapter 5. If we follow
those fibers of the external oblique, they arrive at the ASIS,
where they connect fascially over the ASIS to the sartorius
muscle (see Fig. In. 22A). The sartorius takes us down to the
pes anserinus, on the medial epicondyle of the tibia.
This line can be felt when supporting the body on the latis-
simus, as when an athlete is on the rings, or on swimming
when pulling the hand down through the water in a crawl
stroke.
Palpating the Functional Lines
For both the rront and Back Functional Lines, we begin
in almost the same place: in the armpit, on the underside
of the humerus, where the tendons of the pectoralis and
the latissimus come together. Have your model stand
with his arm straight out to the side and press down on
your shoulder. It is easy for you to trace both these
tendons from either side of the armpit up onto the
antero-inferior aspect of the humerus.
Taking the BFL first, we can trace it from this attach-
ment across the lower third of the latissimus directly to
the midline at about the sacrolumbar junction. Have
your model press an elbow down against resistance to
feel this lateral part of the latissimus, though the line
itself runs a bit medially from the lateral edge (DVD ref:
Functional Lines, 19:19-22:39). The main sheet of the
muscles runs around and down the back into the
Fig. 8.9 The Ipsilateral Functional Line: we can find a Functional
branch line, traced from the most lateral fibers of the latissimus
dorsi to the lower outer ribs, thence onto the posterior external
oblique over the ASIS onto the sartorius to the tibial condyle in the
inside of the knee. This line is used in stabilizing an athlete on the
rings, and to stabilize the torso during the pull down of the crawl
stroke in swimming.
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