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Altered Motor Control - Review of ResearchAltered Motor Control - Review of Research
Kyle Kiesel PT, PhD, ATC, CSCS
This, of course is a complex question, but we have learned that the response to movement following injury is more complex than previously thought. One approach is to look at injury risk factors to, in a sense, we work backwards to help us answer the question. By considering risk factors for injury, we gain a better understanding of what happening in the motor control system after injury. It is clear from the peer reviewed literature that previous injury is by far the most robust factor related to future injury. With this fact in mind, it should make us feel somewhat uncomfortable as rehabilitationists that those with a previous injury, even after completing rehabilitation, are at the greatest risk of subsequent injury. . . .
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Is the Present Day Athlete Prepared for the Initiation of Athletic Performance Enhancement Training?Is the Present Day Athlete Prepared for the Initiation of Athletic Performance Enhancement Training?
Robert Panariello MS, PT, ATC, CSCS
The lack of early age athletic "preparation" as well as the common occurrence of youth athletic "sports specialization" is presently an all too common theme in the United States. The dream of a college scholarship and perhaps an ensuing professional payday appears to often be the incentive for such early sport specialization. However, too early a sport specialization does have its consequences. An example of such a consequence is the 12-year-old baseball pitcher whom I recently rehabilitated after arthroscopic elbow surgery. According to his father "this young man is going to be the next Roger Clemens". Obviously the father did not realize that throughout Roger Clemens athletic career, this Hall of Fame caliber pitcher never had elbow surgery. My time and experiences with this young athlete was my incentive to write this article. . . .
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Audio Interview - Gray Cook updates the Joint by Joint ApproachAudio Interview - Gray Cook updates the Joint by Joint Approach
Anthony Renna asked Gray to update the Joint by Joint Approach a few months back on the Strength Coach Podcast. Ask Gray a question, get a 30 minute answer. Kidding Gray! It was a fantastic explanation and really takes you through his thought process so I annoyed Anthony enough he finally let me use it. Anyway, this is a must listen interview and I absolutely wanted to be able to share it with all of you. . . . keep reading

Super StiffnessSuper Stiffness
Stuart McGill, Professor of Spine Biomechanics
At a gymnastics or martial arts meet, or at a weightlifting competition, listen to the coaches advice to the athlete -- Stay tight! This means to maintain stiffness. Being stiff ensures that there will be minimal energy losses as forces are transmitted through the linkages. Optimal performance requires stability, and stability results from stiffness. Stiffness in the body results from muscular co-contraction. Used properly, it will assist in getting through "sticking points", enhance whole body strength and speed. Be stiff, and be compliant. Knowing the difference and when to be one or the other is a major way to improving performance. . . .
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A Joint-By-Joint Approach to TrainingA Joint-By-Joint Approach to Training
Mike Boyle MA, ATC
In a recent conversation about the effect of training on the body, Cook produced one of the most lucid thought processes I have ever heard. Gray and I were discussing the findings of the Functional Movement Screen (, the needs of the different joints of the body, and how the function of the joints relates to training. One of the beauties of the Functional Movement Screen is that the screen allows us to distinguish between issues of stability and those of mobility. Cook's thoughts were simple and led me to realize that the future of training may be a joint-by-joint approach rather than a movement-based approach. . . .
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Manual Therapy Technique of the Week - Treating the Vastus Lateralis
Joe Heiler PT
I have a tendency to talk about treating trigger points within a particular muscle due in part to how I've been trained in the past. I hesitate to say Vastus Lateralis trigger points in this case because I don't usually see active referral of symptoms to the lateral knee as often as I see this muscle in an overall state of high tone. . . .
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Function over Structure: Treating Meniscal TearsFunction over Structure: Treating Meniscal Tears
Mahmoud Zaerian DC, CSCS
The saphenous nerve, one of the longest in the body, although a sensory nerve has huge implications to loss of function and symptomology in several key areas, from ankle arthrokinematic dysfunction to the presentation of knee symptomology. When treating from a functional standpoint, distinguishing peripheral nerve functioning is critical for the discovering hidden contributors to injuries. In this video you see me working on the saphenous nerve in a former professional basketball player with a meniscal tear and pain with deep squat, including loss of range of motion. . . .
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How Athletes Should Catch Their BreathHow Athletes Should Catch Their Breath
When an athlete is gassed or winded during practice or sporting competition, you will commonly hear coaches to tell athletes to put their hands on top of their head. Or more commonly, get your hands off of your knees. Why is it then do athletes normally default to putting their hands on their knees and bend over at the waist to catch their breath? . . . keep reading

Overhead Lifting After Injury Overhead Lifting After Injury
Zach Long DTP, SCS We're going to talk a little bit about my three favorite exercises for helping an athlete who's dealt with a shoulder injury return to doing heavy overhead pressing whether that's strict presses, push presses, or jerk variations. . . . keep reading

A Simple Cue for Teaching the Swing
Joe Heiler PT
This is a neat trick I picked up from my previous student, Luis Sanchez, from the University of St. Augustine. So far it has worked out great in our group training sessions as I'm constantly moving between groups of kids and don't have lots of time to work one on one. The more the athlete can learn the lift without me having to say much the better. . . .
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Exercise of the Week
Band Assisted Nordic HamstringExercise of the Week Band Assisted Nordic Hamstring
Andy Barker PT
I have written previously on about my love for the Nordic hamstring exercise in both training and rehab, providing it is done correctly. Most athletes cannot complete them correctly, often able to complete the exercise but with major compensatory patterns e.g. increased lumbar lordosis. I have found the use of resistance bands the happy medium between a traditionally hard exercise like the Nordic and correct technique. . . .
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A Simplified Squatting CueA Simplified Squatting Cue
Brian LeRiche CSCS
Nordic hamstring curls are great for learning eccentric control, anterior core stability, and concentric posterior chain strength. Often overlooked, this under utilized exercise can also be used as a cue for teaching a client or athlete proper squatting mechanics. Many clients or athletes can perform the eccentric or concentric phase of a squat properly. However, take a look in between the two phases, you'll typically see a full fledged extension based compensation. . . .
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Book Review: Better MovementBook Review: Better Movement
Better Movement by Todd Hargrove The purpose of this book is to go into detail about the skill of movement. The primary focus being on the nervous system and how it impacts strength, speed, flexibility, endurance, coordination, and pain. . . . keep reading

Exercise of the Week - Advanced KB Carries
Here are a few advanced kettlebell carry variations courtesy of my PT student Mitch Babcock. Nice variations that not only challenge the shoulder but demand great control through the rest of the body as well. . . . keep reading

Audio Interview with Mahmoud ZaerianAudio Interview with Mahmoud Zaerian
In this interview Mahmoud goes in depth on Functional Electro-Accupuncture, targeting different tissue types to create changes within the nervous system, using a movement based approach, accupuncture education programs, plus some great examples of how he would treat various structures around the knee and ankle to restore function. . . . keep reading

A Simple Cue for Teaching the Swing
Joe Heiler PT
This is a neat trick I picked up from my previous student, Luis Sanchez, from the University of St. Augustine. So far it has worked out great in our group training sessions as I'm constantly moving between groups of kids and don't have lots of time to work one on one. The more the athlete can learn the lift without me having to say much the better. . . .
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