So what is mobility, and how is it different from flexibility?
Firstly mobility is active and flexibility is passive! So let’s go a bit deeper, using the understanding that the body adapts in a specific ways depending on the type of forces we used to stimulate the desired adaptive response (cells react differently depending on the type of forces imposed on the body) we know that it’s not enough to simply be able to passively move into the available range of motion but we need the stimulus to create structural adaption to provide us with stability and control in those ranges.
mobility training can take on many forms from joint specific capacity training like the Functional Range Conditioning (FRC) model or dynamic movement systems which focus on self organisation, both of which help with affective load distribution between the different tissues and systems of the body, so any which way you look at it there is always an active component to mobility Which outlines the fundamental difference between mobility and flexibility. flexibility which is achieved via passive external forces may allow you access to a certain range of motion but there will be very little to no stability and control in those ranges.
so in a nutshell, mobility training is expanding your active control over the range of motion your body has available.