Inverting is a popular movement used in BJJ for guard retention and submission setups, but when done improperly, it can put a lot of strain on your neck and back. Have you ever wondered why some people can comfortably hang out upside-down while you start to feel the strain the second you throw your feet over your head? The answer might lie in your hamstrings.
In this video, ADCC medalist Lachlan Giles explains how to tell if you’re inverting safely or if your inversion technique could be putting dangerous pressure on your neck. Giles isn’t just a jiu-jitsu black belt — he also has a PhD. in physiotherapy, so if there’s anyone you should listen to when it comes to staying safe in BJJ, it’s him.