Movement Pattern Evaluation Series: Horizontal Push

What is it? 

Horizontal push patterns occur in the sagittal and transverse planes such as bench press and pushups. It can be executed with a variety of implements such as barbells, dumb bells, and cables. And there are a number of variations such as bilateral, alternating, and reciprocal arm movements. 

Why is it important to assess? 

The primary concern when assigning any movement pattern is ensuring that your participant isn’t at risk for injury. The push pattern is a particularly delicate movement pattern due to the population-wide prevalence of increased thoracic curve posture, which can cause adaptations in shoulder range of motion. Decreased shoulder range of motion and proper function of the antagonist back muscles creates movement compensations—placing the neck, shoulder, and musculature of the arms and hands at risk for injury. Kinesics recommends assessing the Horizontal Push Pattern prior to assigning this exercise. 

Thoracic curve posture

Thoracic curve posture


How do you assess it?

Download this Horizontal Push Worksheet to accurately assess your clients movement patterns!

Niki Driscoll