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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
Rehabilitation vs. Athletic Performance Enhancement Training: Are we Asking Questions that are Already Answered? Robert A. Panariello MS, PT, ATC, CSCS Throughout my career as a Physical Therapist (PT), Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC), and Strength and Conditioning (S&C) Coach I have been witness to many trends that have transpired upon these related professions. The evolution of the internet has been a significant venue for the conveyance of these trends with much of this information comprising assorted material of pertinent substance, some without; nonetheless the internet has offered many professionals their own claim of "notoriety" and in some instances financial gain. . . . keep reading
Exercise of the Week - Terminal Knee Extensions Andy Barker PT Terminal knee extensions are a staple of a lot of knee rehab programs. Such exercise is usually taught in either a double leg stance or split stance. More recently, I have modified the position in which I use split stance terminal knee extensions. The reasoning behind this lies in the fact that in a split stance position (back leg being the working leg) we achieve full knee extension at the point of toe off i.e. max supination. . . . keep reading
Dynamic Warm-Up Drills for Runners In this series of videos, my PT student Scott McKeel takes you through his favorite warm-up drills for runners which include upper and lower quarter drills plus addressing running mechanics. Scott has gotten some great results with his runners just by adding simple movement and stability skills into their warm-up routines. These are things that many runners never do so there can be quite a bit of benefit to adding some of these drills to their routine. . . . keep reading
PRI Pathocompensatory Relationships Joe Heiler PT I'm posting a few items that were discussed in the recent interview with James Anderson, and will hopefully help to better understand the PRI MyoKinematic train of thought when it comes to pathocompensatory patterns and what hip ER/IR asymmetries can mean. They can certainly be a challenge to wrap your head around but I find myself needing to do much less manual therapy when I really need to change the orientation of the pelvic (Myokin/Pelvis courses) or the glenoid/ribcage (postural respiration course). . . . keep reading
Treatment technique of the week - Calcaneus wedging Andy Barker PT I have previously posted a couple of items relating to Gary Ward's Anatomy in Motion (AiM). Within his model of work he uses wedges for the following reasons: fill space, promote proprioceptive awareness, promote a movement that is missing, inhibit a movement that is excessive... . . . keep reading
Audio Interview with James Anderson In this interview James answers some frequently asked PRI myokinematic course questions plus talks about the new PRI Integration for Baseball course including some of the patterns specific to rotational athletes, pre- and post-game considerations to maintain reciprocal movement, should we be correcting asymmetries, and more... . . . keep reading
Exercise of the Week - Ankle Mobility Drills for Runners Scott McKeel SPT and Joe Heiler PT I've made it a practice to have my PT students contribute to this site plus the Elite PT blog so without further delay this is my most recent student, and ridiculously good runner, Scott McKeel demonstrating some of our favorite ankle mobility drills and self-mobilization. . . . keep reading
The Real Value Of Pre Training Markers Dave O'Sullivan PT Pre training markers are part and parcel of the professional sport setting in this day and age. This article will outline some common pitfalls with using pre training markers and clear some misconceptions of what pre training markers really are. This article, as is the goal of The ProSport Academy is to provide practical advice and training underpinned and combined by interpretation of the current literature. The ART Of Working Successfully In The Sporting Environment… . . . keep reading
Four Reasons to Push Press Robert A. Panariello MS, PT, ATC, CSCS For decades one of the popular upper body exercises to perform in the weight room has been the bench press exercise. One common question many high school athletes or any athlete may ask their peer is "How much can you bench"? With regard to upper body strength and power when was the last time any Strength and Conditioning (S&C) Professional has witnessed one athlete ask another "How much can you push press"? This inquiry does not usually occur because the push press exercise is not likely performed. . . . keep reading
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