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tension through the myofascia, the upper lines cannot
easily coordinate the precision swing.
The right Front Functional Line, from right shoulder
to left hip, is fully contracted; its complement from right
hip to left humerus is fully stretched. The left Back Func-
tional Line is contracted, pulling the left shoulder back,
and its complement, running from the right shoulder
across the back and around the outside of the left thigh
to the knee, is fully stretched. These have likewise traded
roles from the moment of greatest backswing to this
moment that the picture was taken.
Functional Line is contracted right now, but will have
to relent in a second or two. The right BFL is stretched
around the trunk from right shoulder to left hip. The left
Spiral Line is more contracted, locating the head on the
torso, and the right SPL is more stretched.
Finally, we note the difference between the left and
right Deep Front Line in the legs, where the right DFL
is fully stretched and open, but the definition in the
adductors on the left side shows how essential this line
is in providing core support for the balance of the trunk,
even when the foot is not on the ground.
Basketball (Fig. 10.8)
Again we are airborne, this time in the service of 'nothin'
but net'. Working up from the bottom this time, obvi-
ously the Superficial Back and Front Lines have launched
this muscular gentleman off his right foot, leaving the
body in a bit of a bow that keeps his eyes on the ball. At
the same time, notice how active the leading leg is -
muscles bulging, foot dorsiflexed - the left leg is as
important as the right arm in 'aiming' and guiding the
body toward the hoop.
The right arm has fingers splayed, and the Superficial
Front Arm Line from pectoral to palm is coming down,
lifting the body and counterbalancing the throw with
the left. The left Superficial Front Arm Line is providing
the power, while the Deep Front Arm Line (see that
thumb?) is doing the fine guiding of the ball for preci-
sion delivery.
In a similar manner to our previous two athletes, the
left Front Functional Line is stretched prior to contract-
ing for the dunk, while the right FFL stabilizes from the
flexed left hip to outstretched right arm. The left Back
Football (Fig. 10.9)
Here we can comment on both number 23 and number
9, seemingly successful in stealing the ball from her
competitor even as she falls. Our girl in blue shows a
very even-toned stretch along the left Lateral Line
coupled with a beautiful reciprocal motion: the closing
twist from the right Spiral Line, and concomitant stretch
of the left Spiral Line.
The Functional Lines, as above and as in most sport-
ive moves, are likewise fully engaged, though in this
case the movements of the arms are in the service of the
coordination of the legs, not vice versa. The left Front
Functional Line and right Back Functional Line are par-
ticipating with the Spiral Line in generating the torso
twist, while the two complementary lines are stretched
into stabilizing straps. Notice how her arms attempt to
stabilize the leg, with the left arm up and out in front,
and the right arm in back, wrist and elbow flexed to
connect the arm to the chest.
As in the basketball player, we can also see how the
Deep Front Line is engaged on the inner line of the legs
to give core support.
The defender has her (left) wrist extended, helping to
tighten the back as her right leg works off her own
body's inertia to hook the ball with her right foot, even
in mid-fall. While we need not repeat the litany of helices
in the Spiral and Functional Lines, we do note the inter-
play between the Lateral Lines and the Deep Front Lines
in her legs: The LL on the outside of her right leg must
Fig. 10.8 Basketball player. (© i, reproduced with
permission. Photograph by Jelani Memory.)
Fig. 10.9 Football players. (©, reproduced with
permission. Photograph by Alberto Pomares.)
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