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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
2015 Teleseminar Interview #5 - Rob Panariello Rob Panariello has been in the physical therapy and sports performance trenches for years, and is an awesome resource on this website. In this interview Rob will discuss some of the more controversial topics amongst S&C and rehab professionals including single vs. bi-lateral leg training, and the Olympic lifts during performance training and rehab of athletes. . . . keep reading
2015 Teleseminar Interview #4 - Mike Cantrell Mike Cantrell from PRI and the Cantrell Center talks postural and movement asymmetries in sports, with specific examples from soccer, running, and baseball, and how these asymmetries can lead to some of the common injuries we see such as sports hernia, femoral acetabular impingement (FAI), and shoulder impingement. Some great case studies from Mike that will help to explain the mechanics behind these injuries plus rehab solutions. . . . keep reading
The Adductors Role in Running And How to Mobilise David O'Sullivan The adductor muscles have a fundamental relationship with the thoracic spine and ribcage that we must take into account when mobilising the adductors. If we understand how the adductors are loaded in gait then we can easily design solid strengthening and lengthening protocols to stimulate the adductors and integrate with the whole body. . . . keep reading
2015 Teleseminar Interview #3 - Derek Hansen In this interview, Derek discusses speed development qualities, strength and power training recommendations, how much strength is enough, common running and sprinting errors plus easy fixes, hamstring injuries and running rehab, other common running injuries and rehab, why front side mechanics are so important, plus a whole lot more... . . . keep reading
Strength Defined Gray Cook Our previous discussion of Strength ended with a challenge to develop a better, more applicable definition of the word. When we look at the definition posted by Merriam-Webster for strength as a noun, the very first meaning is "the quality or state of being strong, capacity for exertion or endurance." If we look deeper at exertion and endurance, we wind up using the words work capacity. . . . keep reading
2015 Teleseminar Interview #2 - Don Chu Don Chu introduced plyometric training in the United States and in this interview will discuss the history of plyometrics, recent developments, teaching progressions, using plyos for speed and power developement, plyometric training for injury prevention, prerequisites for training, and more. Don is a wonderful speaker with a lifetime of experience so don't miss this one! . . . keep reading
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