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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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Manual Therapy Technique of the Week - IASTM for the Intercostals
Joe Heiler PT
In this installment of the 'Manual Therapy Technique of the Week' I'll demonstrate the use of Graston Technique to treat soft tissue dysfunction within the intercostal musculature. These techniques can come in quite handy with the treatment of rib dysfunction, shoulder dysfunction, loss of ROM post-mastectomy or other surgery. . . .
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Dissecting The Ankle Mobility TestDissecting The Ankle Mobility Test
David O'Sullivan PT
The ankle mobility test is a test that is commonly used in the Strength and Conditioning and also Therapy settings on a daily basis. What we find with most our students is that there is a lack of understanding of some of the structures that may be potential culprits that we can influence in improving ankle range of motion if restricted. As with all ProSport Academy Therapists', we would encourage you to know exactly why you are doing a test, what you are checking and what tissues or structures will be important in palpating and treating in order to bring about lasting changes to your clients and athletes. . . .
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Exercise of the Week -
Single Leg Wall RDLExercise of the Week - Single Leg Wall RDL
Andy Barker PT
Have found this exercise is a great alternative and a great way of controlling the hip hinge during the single leg Romanian deadlift. Some find the progression from bilateral to single leg RDL exercise difficult, using this alternative can be a good transition. . . .
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Squatting and Pulling with the "Taller" LifterSquatting and Pulling with the "Taller" Lifter
Charlie Weingroff DPT, ATC, CSCS
Great article from Charlie looking at the squat and deadlift in taller athletes, plus some anthropometric considerations that we should all keep in mind when making rehab and training decisions. . . .
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A Simple Tip to Assist in the Development of the Physical Quality of Explosive Strength During Lower Extremity RehabilitationA Simple Tip to Assist in the Development of the Physical Quality of Explosive Strength During Lower Extremity Rehabilitation
Robert A. Panariello MS, PT, ATC, CSCS
The re-establishment of the physical quality of explosive strength (power) is a critical component of the athlete's lower extremity rehabilitation to ensure their ability to return to their previous level of athletic performance. The restoration of this physical quality has been documented to take much longer when compared to restoring the physical quality of strength. The Olympic Weightlifting (OW) exercises, the Clean and the Snatch have been documented to enhance the explosive strength abilities of an athlete. . . .
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What is the Function of Psoas Major?What is the Function of Psoas Major?
Andy Barker PT
This article will explore the anatomy of the psoas major (PM) muscle and determine the relevance of this muscle to activity and function and how we as clinicians should consider the PM. Firstly, a quick recap regarding the anatomical landmarks relating to the PM. The muscle has two origin sites; anteriorly attaching to the vertebral bodies and discs from levels T12 through to L5 with its posterior attaches originating from the lumbar transverse processes from T12 down to L5. . . .
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Exercise of the Week - Original Strength Head Nods and Cervical Extension Corrections
Joe Heiler PT
I recently interviewed Tim Anderson from Original Strength about the 5 basic resets for the movement system. One of those resets is the 'head nod' featured in this article. I've long been a fan of the neurodevelopmental positions for working on cervical patterns so I've done some similar types of things in the past emphasizing cervical extension which I'll cover as well. . . .
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Eight Considerations for Weight Room TrainingEight Considerations for Weight Room Training
Robert A. Panariello MS, PT, ATC, CSCS
Throughout my 35 year career in the related professional fields of Sports Rehabilitation and Strength and Conditioning (S&C) I have been witness to hundreds of presentations, have read thousands of books/research articles/blogs and had an abundant number of conversations with regard to weight room training and program design. Although all of this information has been enlightening, the lessons from my friends and mentors Hall of Fame S&C Coaches Al Vermeil, Johnny Parker, Al Miller, Don Chu, elite coaches Charlie Francis, Derek Hansen, former Olympic Weightlifter and Weightlifting Coach Gregorio Goldstein, and former Olympic Weightlifter and present day Olympic Weightlifting Coach Stan Bailey have all provided me with instruction, lessons and information that in my opinion, is second to none. . . .
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Audio Commentary - The Case for Pre- and Post-Testing
Joe Heiler PT
In this month's audio commentary I'll discuss the benefits of pre- and post-testing, allowing our post-testing results to guide our treatment plans and HEP's, patient buy-in, plus a couple case studies to demonstrate the benefits of testing plus how the results ultimately guided the course of treatment. . . .
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No More Pulled HamstringsNo More Pulled Hamstrings
Mike Robertson
Last year when we started working with the Indy Eleven soccer team, more than a handful of the guys were dealing with hamstring or groin pulls. So the question becomes, why does someone strain their hamstring? And equally as important, how do we address the underlying issues to keep this from happening time and again? Now I would be remiss if I didn't at least mention the Postural Restoration Institute here, as their philosophy and way of thinking has had a profound impact on our work at IFAST. . . .
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Squatting and Pulling with the "Taller" Lifter
Squatting and Pulling with the "Taller" Lifter Charlie Weingroff DPT, ATC, CSCS
Great article from Charlie looking at the squat and deadlift in taller athletes, plus some anthropometric considerations that we should all keep in mind when making rehab and training decisions. . . .
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