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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 (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. . . .
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Upper Extremity Closed Chain Testing Part 1Upper Extremity Closed Chain Testing Part 1
Phil Plisky PT, DSc, OCS, ATC, CSCS
In the past, I've discussed the importance of having a patient or athlete demonstrate that he has basic motor control competency and capacity in the closed kinetic chain. That way there are more data points to indicate that there is a solid foundation for sport specific skills. Now I will focus on selecting tests that can be used for the upper quarter. Please note, I used upper quarter versus upper extremity intentionally given the vital connection of the upper limb to the thorax. . . .
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Exercise of the Week - Adductor Plate SlideExercise of the Week - Adductor Plate Slide
Andy Barker PT
Many adductor isolated exercises use either isometric contractions and/or static based positions. I like the use of this exercise to try to generate adductor muscle work within a lateral lunge movement. Both the lateral lunge itself will hit the adductors and adding the plate by the inside of the foot adds to this load. . . .
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Audio Commentary - To Squeeze or not to Squeeze? That is the question.
Joe Heiler PT
This audio post is a response to questions in the discussion forum concerning the debate about hip bridging and squeezing the glutes (Bret Contreras) or don't squeeze the glutes (Dr. Evan Osar). The response was too lengthy post so I figured an audio response would be a good way to go. Check that out here... . . .
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Exercise of the Week - Lateral Band Walks
Joe Heiler PT
I know you've probably seen these a thousand time before but I continue to see them done incorrectly. If you're going to use band walks, monster walks, whatever then the athlete ought to be doing them correctly. In this week's video I cover some of the most common errors and how to fix them to get the most bang out of your band walking buck. . . .
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The Value of Screening Your AthletesThe Value of Screening Your Athletes
Andy Barker PT
Over the last few weeks I have been movement screening numerous athletes as they have reported back for preseason training. It has got me thinking about the components of screening and why we screen and thought it would be a good post to write up. There are various screening protocols used extensively in the sports and fitness industry. Probably the two most well-known are the FMS (Functional Movement System) and the SFMA (Selective Functional Movement Assessment), both of which I have used extensively. Without going into too much detail regarding the components of these screening protocols, one thing they do have in common, as should all screens, is the process of being able to pick up movement dysfunction and/or pain with movement. . . .
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5 Rules for the Reset under The Eclectic Approach5 Rules for the Reset under The Eclectic Approach
Dr. Erson Religioso III, DPT, MS, MTC, CertMDT, CFC, CSCS, FAAOMPT
This is an article Erson wrote earlier this year on getting the biggest bang out of your Reset buck. They are certainly easy enough to try during an a treatment session and when they do work, they can work extremely well. And they can make you look really smart. So check out Erson's reset rules and see if you can't turn some folks into rapid responders! . . .
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Assessment of the Week - Overhead Clearing TestAssessment of the Week - Overhead Clearing Test
Andy Barker PT
A great quick and easy test to use to clear overhead lifting in rehab/training. Begin seated on the floor, tuck your thumb into your hand, keeping your elbows straight and lower back and head against the wall take your arms overhead to touch the wall behind you. . . .
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SportsRehabExpert.com Presents - Interview with Aaron Brock of USA VolleyballSportsRehabExpert.com Presents - Interview with Aaron Brock of USA Volleyball
In this interview Aaron discusses his role with USA Volleyball, common injuries as well as injury mechanisms, how volleyball players are different from other overhead athletes, mobility and stability considerations for rehab and injury prevention, assessing movement quality, plus a number of other important considerations when working with volleyball players. . . . keep reading

Psoas, please release me...Let me go!Psoas, please release me...Let me go!
Adam Meakins PT
OK, I've relented, I finally had to do it. I've decided to write a little blog about the manual therapy technique called 'Psoas Release' hence my reference to the 1970's crooner Englebert Humperdinck's hit in the title! Now some will know that this was one of my first big brouhaha's I had on Twitter about a year ago when I questioned its use and application, so much so that it actually caused a couple of rather confused and deluded therapists from a certain sports therapy organisation to threaten legal action against me for daring to question their clinical reasoning and use of this technique, I still have the letter, framed as a momento! . . .
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Clinical Pearl:  Maximize Every Move You and Your Patients MakeClinical Pearl: Maximize Every Move You and Your Patients Make
JJ Thomas MPT, CMTPT
In today's world, everyone is pressed for time. Patients are appreciative when we maximize their treatments through more efficient ways of accomplishing goals in PT. I am sure you have all seen this already, with the use of dry needling allowing faster response time in terms of ROM recovery, reducing motor inhibition, and returning function. How can we maximize our patient's (and our) time even further through the exercises we are giving to reinforce the gains made with manual techniques? . . .
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Assessment of the Week - Overhead Clearing Test
Assessment of the Week - Overhead Clearing Test Andy Barker PT
A great quick and easy test to use to clear overhead lifting in rehab/training. Begin seated on the floor, tuck your thumb into your hand, keeping your elbows straight and lower back and head against the wall take your arms overhead to touch the wall behind you. . . .
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