Eye Movement Creating Hinge Pattern Weakness (AKA Hamstrings)


A state-level rugby league player came after noticing that they were struggling with their hinging patterns in the gym. We had cleared a lot of scar dysfunction in the past and they have progressed well, however, there was something still not right. Every time this client would hinge they would feel the backlight up and not their hamstrings. I decided to investigate further.

Using some standard level 2 assessments, this client was pretty strong and we couldn’t fault them. As soon as I tested them in their hinge posture though they went weak! Going off a hunch I decided to see if I could get a neural lock in the hinge pattern by using eye movement. After doing some eye movement assessment I found that when the client looked up and right we would get a neural lock in his hinge.

We progressed onto the table, I tested the long head of Biceps Femoris unilaterally and there were both strong. However, when I checked them bilaterally, they went weak. I then retested the hamstrings bilaterally with the eyes up and right. We had a lock.

Using my Level 3 NKT skills, I found that this client had a right superior rectus to left inferior oblique dysfunction that was creating global inhibition in the hinge pattern.

I cleared up the eye movement pattern. We then proceeded to test the hamstrings and hinge again. We had a massive lock on both tests.

This client has some correctives to do but they should notice a significant difference in their hinge once this eye movement dysfunction clears.