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Altered 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. . . . keep reading
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. . . . keep reading
Audio 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 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. . . . keep reading
A 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 (www.functionalmovement.com), 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. . . . keep reading
On Making Easy Movements Too Hard I think there is a misplaced emphasis on tension in order to function. So many of us have grown up this way, associating effort and tension with success. And that's how we judge if someone is trying hard - how effortful do they look. But in the next breath we talk about how effortless a top performer looks when performing their skill. What's the disconnect here? . . . keep reading
2016 Teleseminar Interview #8 - Kevin Neeld Kevin Neeld, our resident hockey training expert, will discuss how his training methods have evolved over the years, how he has incorporated PRI into his training system, injuries common to hockey players and how to prevent them, plus how to balance injury prevention and hard core training for speed and power. . . . keep reading
Exercise of the Week - Multiplaner Single Leg RDL This is a great way to start exploring movement and introducing variability of motion once your typical single leg RDL has been mastered. Start including these variations to develop better body awareness. It also can effectively be used as part of an athletes warmup. . . . keep reading
2016 Teleseminar Interview #7 - Kyle Kiesel In this interview, Kyle will be talking about updates with the Selective Functional Movement Assessment, what is the best way to learn to use the SFMA effectively, common things that trip up even experienced therapists, finding the key impairment, as well as an update on the research and his treatment of athletic low back pain. . . . keep reading
Tips to Get Your Athletes to Buy In Andy Barker PT Whatever domain you work in gaining trust and having people believe in what you are telling them is imperative. Trust and 'buy in' is necessary to build relationships between you as a PR actioner and an athlete. Without this progression, rehab and treatment can prove difficult and as a result potentially unsuccessful. . . . keep reading
A Novel Ankle Mobilization For The Sensitive Patient Try this alternate method for ankle dorsiflexion with the sensitive patient. Recently I have been treating a young former college athlete who was involved in a motor vehicle accident. Following ultra conservative care for her left ankle sprain the patient has severely restricted ankle dorsiflexion. . . . keep reading
2016 Teleseminar Interview #6 - Zac Cupples Zac Cupples is another first timer here and will be discussing his PRI journey, eye opening moments and struggles, repositioning tricks with challenging patients, favorite manual and non-manual techniques, as well as how he has applied PRI in his practice and now with his professional basketball athletes. . . . keep reading
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