Dana Sorensen and Jono Green, co-owners at Symbiotic Training Center, talk about how an athlete's joints will compensate for one another if one is not functioning properly.
In the body's system of joints, there is usually a mobile joint (like the ankle), then a less mobile joint (like the knee join), and then another mobile joint (like the hip). If one joint loses stability, the other two will compensate and create an imbalance in strength and weight-bearing load. This can potentially lead to injury, the weakening of one joint, and the over-strengthening of another.
In an athlete's assessment, isolating the joints that are not functioning properly can help pave a clear path to increasing the joint's functionality and therefore supporting the other joints around it. Proper joint movement and maintenance can make the difference for an athlete's performance and longevity.