I am finally teaching again. I have developed a new course that aims to help therapists, strength coaches, personal trainers and kinesiologists integrate pain science with biomechanics. Its very easy to critique the typical biomechanical approach to treating and preventing injuries and I think it often leaves people feeling frustrated and confused. Along with other great courses out there I am hoping to help people reconceptualize biomechanics (i.e. salvage the good) and show how it can fit into a framework that uses pain science in a true BioPsychoSocial approach.
You can see more at physiofundamentals.com
Within the next few days that webpage will be sharing my new Pain Science Workbook for Patients. I think its a great introduction to pain science and its meant to be used by the patient with the therapist.
I have upcoming courses in Toronto, Argentina, Italy, Winnipeg, Hamilton, Israel and the UK.
I am also hopefully partnering up with a great mystery practitioner in US. Stay tuned for details.
What is it?
A 4 session program to improve your running and decrease your chance of injury.
What is it composed of?
- Detailed analysis of your running history and programming to find predictors of injury
- High Speed Camera (240 frames/second) analysis of your running form
- Detailed functional evaluation of your physical function designed to find weak links
- Custom created corrective exercise and performance based exercise program including 3 follow up sessions (more…)
Audience: Runner’s looking to start a simple resistance exercise program who still want most of their time spent running
You can justify strength training for runners via performance enhancement and injury prevention. Surprisingly, the evidence for performance enhancement is much stronger than injury prevention.
Todd Hargrove is a great fitness and health writer at bettermovement.org. I’ve been talking with Todd for years and find his information and thought process excellent.
He has a new book out which I recommend to everyone. I agree with much of it and the great thing with Todd is that we disagree on a lot too. However, Todd is open to your disagreements and discussions about contentious issue.
You can Todd’s book at Amazon.
By the way, I get no kickbacks for this.
Clinical Decision Making in Running Form Interventions
Initially written for Medbridge Education
The purpose of this article is to highlight the clinical decision making process during kinematic running analyses – focusing on evaluating the kinematic risk factors for running injury and not kinetics.
Both predictive and correlational research attempts to identify kinematic variables that are associated with an individual’s future or current injury. Many of those being:
I am helping drum up enrollment for this great course in Toronto June 13-15, 2014. I am a fan of this approach and am looking forward to taking the course and hope to see a lot of people there.
Register at: MSK-Plus (more…)
I was one of the lecturers at Runner’s Connect Improving Running Form Course. The other speakers were excellent: Irene Davis, Pete Larson, Brian Heiderscheit, Matt Phillips and Jay Dicharry.
You can see the course at Runner’s Connect
p.s. I am promoting this because I liked the course content. I do not get a fee for this promotion.
Audience: Patients with any type of pain or injury
Purpose: to learn a little about pain and convince you that pain is not in your head even though your brain plays a big role
Why? Understanding pain helps decrease pain and helps us make better choices in the treatment of injury
Some brief pain information tidbits
- you don’t need a leg to feel pain in that leg (e.g. phantom limb pain)
- you always need a Brain to feel pain
- pain can become a habit – and like all habits lots of factors help keep it going
- Changes in how we feel pain can also come from changes in the brain and the nervous system
- tissue damage or degeneration does not have to lead to pain – but it certainly can (more…)
Don’t get me wrong. I
love respect the core. But you can’t open a running book, magazine or blog without hearing how important it is for runner’s to train the core. I agree with this to some extent but for 10 years I have advocated for three points to keep in mind when it comes to runners and core training: (more…)
The piece was part of a companion piece on resistance and “core” training for runners. The thrust of that piece was that general resistance training should come first before gut-blasting 5 session/week plank marathon sessions should occur.
Purpose: core exercises are rampant and extremely hyped. They are much too popular and I think many athletes not working with strength coaches focus on the core and perhaps neglect other body parts. A not at all new thesis is that many simple core exercises can be replaced by compound exercises that have other goals (e.g. train the legs) but still require great core activation.
This brief post has two main points:
Static stretching is not going to kill your performance
Static stretching is not a cure-all
Further, nothing in this post is even remotely new.