Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Sportsmetrics Course hosted by Dayton Children’s Hospital

A big THANK YOU to Dayton Children’s Hospital and Ann Smith for hosting a great Sportsmetrics course on June 11-12. We look forward to working with you to get the program up and running!  We welcome our new instructors:

John Steiner, PT

Michael  Breneman, DPT

Danell Shirey, PTA

Natalie Morris, PTA

Lynette Keenan, PT

Brittany Zoll, DPT

Megan Newrones, DPT

Tyler Ortlieb, ATC

Nathan McFadden, ATC

Joshua Collier, PTA

Mandy Duman, DPT

Casey Lakes, RN

Mikayla Pruitt

Colin Hoke

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Sportsmetrics Annual Course Hilton Head 2016

We weren’t sure what to expect this year with the Advances on the Knee and Shoulder/Sportsmetrics courses changing locations, but the Sonesta Resort turned out to be a very pleasant surprise!  Great staff, amenities and amazing food soon won over our faculty, staff and course attendees.  They handled our course roster of 40 with ease and made it one of the best (and largest) Sportsmetrics courses.  The addition of George Davies’ presentation on current research in ACL rehabilitation was an extra bonus.  We cannot thank George enough for being such a supporter of our program.  Help us thank George and welcome our new certified instructors:

Amanda Askey, PTA, CFT:  Flex Physical Therapy, Council Bluffs, IA

Susan Berland, DPT:  Catalyst Physical Therapy, Hamilton, MT

David Brcka, MD:  North Georgia Sports Injury & Performance, Bethlehem, GA

Xavier Brewer, CPT, FMS:  X Factor Performance, Ponte Vedra, FL

Shaun Buning, DPT, ATC, C/NDT:  GeorgiaLina Physical Therapy, Evans, GA

Brent Butler, PT:  Revere Health, Provo, UT

Rachelle Callahan, DPT:  Rusk Rehabilitation at NYU Langone Medical Center

Andrew Cantrell, PTA:  The Rehab Institute-NGHS, Braselton,

David Carroll, DPT:  Southeastern Orthopedics, Greensboro, NC

Donna Chisholm, PT:  Pro Sports Physical Therapy, P.C., Oyster Bay, NY

Dylan Chisholm, CPT-NETA:  Pro Sports Physical Therapy, P.C., Oyster Bay, NY

Larry Feldman, PT:  Five Star Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

Annmarie Garis, DPT:  Florida State University- Health & Wellness Center, Tallahassee, FL

Sam Gill, PT:  Troy, MI

Whittney Gomendi-Smith, DPT:  Fremont Therapy Group, Riverton, WY

Brittney Harrell, PT, OCS:  GeorgiaLina PT Associates, Grovetown, GA

Josh Hill, PT:  The Rehab Institute- NGHS, Braselton, GA

John Hill, DPT, MS, ATC, CSCS

Yuri Jean-Baptiste:  ATC, PES, CES:  University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

Penny Jones, MPT:  DeClaire LaMacchia Orthopaedic Institute, Rochester Hills, MI

Coby Jones, DPT:  Rocky Mountain Ortho, Grand Junction, CO

Vic Kaminski, PT:  TMC Rehab, Winder, GA

Christopher Lopez, MSPT, OCS, CSCS:  Physical Solutions, Mineola, NY

Melanie Lynn, ATC:  Auburn, AL

Mary Meadows, PT:  Inova Physical Therapy, Centerville, VA

Karen Purcell, PT:  Pro Sports Physical Therapy, P.C., Huntington, NY

Katherine Quayle, DPT:  Fremont Therapy Group, Riverton, WY

Michelle Ramirez, DPT, OCS:  Florida Hospital Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation, Orlando, FL

Mark Rau,  PT, ATC:  Liberty Sports & Physical Therapy, Fredericksburg, VA

Kimberly Schall, PT:  Advantage Rehab Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine, Denton, MD

Asa Shaffer, DPT:  SERC Physical Therapy, Lees Summit, MO

Ryan Sheedy, DPT:  Furnace Brook Physical Therapy, Quincy, MA

Richard Smith, PTA:  Evangelical Physical Therapy, Lewisburg, PA

Ashley Sneed, PT, ATC:  Piedmont Orthopaedics, Greenville, SC

Lauren Sperling, PTA:  Florida Hospital Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation, Orlando, FL

Meredith Stevenson, DPT:  Self Regional Healthcare, Greenwood, SC

Jerrica Thomas, DPT:  Campbell Clinic Orthopaedics, Southaven, MS

Corey Winn, DPT:  Brunswick County, NC

Michelle Yang, DPT:  Rusk Rehabilitation at NYU Langone Medical Center, New York, NY

Hunter Yard, CSCS:  Carolinas Health Care System, Charlotte, NC

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Sportsmetrics April 2016 Course

Spring of 2016 has been a busy one for the Sportsmetrics team between certification courses and spring training.  On April 10th, we welcomed 12 new instructors.  Join us in welcoming:

Maria Borg, PT:  Sports PT- UC Health, Denver, CO

Julie Brooks, PTA:  Licking Memorial Outpatient, Newark, OH

Chelsey Dikeman, DPT:  Meadowview Regional Med Ctr.

Garland Hurt, ACE-CPT:  Lexington, KY

Shane Instep, PT:  Ortho Wilmington, Winnow, NC

Mary Leibold, Sports PT- UC Health, Denver, CO

Greg Miller, MD:  Vibrant Health Family Clinic, River Falls, WI

Melynee Saya, NCCPT-CPT:  Mercy Health- Fairfield HealthPlex

Ojas Smart, DPT, CSCS:  Team Rehabilitation Shelby 3, Shelby Twp., MI

Gregory Snyder, MPT, CIMT:  Team Rehabilitation Shelby 3, Shelby Twp, MI

Hannah Whigham, ATC:  Southern Bone & Joint Specialists, Dothan, AL

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Monday, June 20, 2016

Concurrent Training – The Effect of Intensity Distribution

Periodization and planning of training is a topic that fascinates me as I enjoy studying how good coaches structure training and develop athletes. Lots of thoughts exist regarding the best periodization strategy to use (e.g., Linear, Block, Conjugate, Vertical Integration, Undulating, Daily Undulating, Fluid, etc.).

Concurrent training is one approach to structuring a training program where multiple qualities are trained within the same session. Of course, this may present problems where one quality (e.g., strength) may interfere with another quality (e.g., aerobic training) that you are looking to also develop in that session. For more on this issue, referred to as the interference phenomenon, see THIS blog post I wrote about 4 years ago.

A new study by Varela-Sanz and colleagues evaluated the effect of concurrent training between two programs that had equivalent external loads (volume x intensity) but differed in training intensity distribution. This evaluation may provide practitioners with a better understanding of the optimal dose and intensity needed to minimize the interference phenomenon. In team sport athletes, this may be essential as training and developing multiple qualities needed for sport is crucial and the shortened offseason periods can make program planning a challenge.

Study Overview

Subjects: 35 sport science students (30 men / 5 women)
Duration: 8 weeks
Independent Variable: External training load
Dependent Variables:

  • Counter Movement Jump
  • Bench Press (7 – 10 RM was performed and used to estimate 1 RM)
  • Half Squat (7 – 10 RM was performed and used to estimate 1 RM)
  • Max Aerobic Speed (Université de Montréal Track Test)
  • Body Composition (body weight & skinfold measurements)
  • HRV
  • RPE
  • Feeling Scale
  • Training Impulse (TRIMP)

Training Groups

  • Traditional Training Group
    • N = 12
    • This group followed the exercise guidelines recommended by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), which suggests that moderate-to-vigorous intensity aerobic exercise is performed on most days of the week.
  • Polarized Training Group
    • N =12
    • This group followed a polarized training program. Polarized training programs have been recommended for endurance athletes as a method of distributing training intensity. Despite this polarized approach, external load was matched to the Traditional Training Group.
  • Control Group
    • N = 11

Training Program

  • Training Frequency: 3x/week (Mon, Wed, Fri)
    • Monday & Friday sessions were ~120min
    • Wednesday’s session was ~60min
  • Training Set Up
    • Monday/Friday Training
      • Cardiovascular Training
      • Resistance Training
    • Wednesday Training
      • Cardiovascular Training

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  • No differences for total workload, RPE, TRIMP, or Feeling Score were found between groups over the 8-week period.
  • The traditional training group was the only group to see a decrease in resting HR (both supine and standing) following the training program. No changes in HRV were seen for any group.
  • Both training groups saw improvements in 1RM for the bench press, half squat, and Max Aerobic Speed.
  • The polarized group saw an increase in body weight (without a change in body fat) following the 8-week training program and was still able to maintain their vertical jump abilities.

Practical Applications

I don’t know that this study moves us any closer to understanding the optimal distribution of training intensity when performing a concurrent training program. The polarized group performed easier cardiovascular training on days where they performed resistance training (Monday & Friday) and on Wednesday’s they performed easy cardiovascular training followed by high intensity interval training. The traditional group performed the same training session each day, with the same intensities for the duration of the 8-week program. Despite the differences in intensity distribution, both groups appeared to make improvements so it is really difficult to tell which method may be more beneficial (or perhaps, they are really just the same).

There are a number of things to consider when reading this study:

  • The subjects are not high-level athletes and it is possible that any form of training is going to provide a positive training effect.
  • Resistance training volume was low (they only used two exercises – Bench Press and Half Squat) so we don’t know what would happen if there were more resistance training in the program.
  • The polar training group trained opposite qualities during their training sessions, which is interesting given that a commonly held belief amongst coaches is to try and group similar qualities together in one session rather than mix them (IE, sprinting + heavy strength training or aerobic training + lower intensity resistance training).

Probably the most important thing that I think about with papers like this is that we need to begin to dig down into understanding individual differences. Comparing group means doesn’t really tell us how the individual’s responded and then allow us to make better inference to our own athletes about what sort of outcome we might expect to get when we write a training program. Training is a very individualized process and how someone responds to the program we apply to them is dependent on a number of factors – some that we might be able to measure and quantify and others which we might not be able to measure and quantify (and a few others that we might not even be aware of yet). In the process of evaluating individual differences we may find that some athletes in each group got better, a few stayed the same, and some may have gotten worse. Without understanding these individual differences and then attempting to unpack the deeper question of “why” it will be hard to plan individualized training programs in the future. If we can get to the bottom of how people respond to training and we can start to go down the road of figuring out the factors that influence that response we will start to have a better idea of the impact our training program will have for that athlete, allowing us to make individual adjustments that may lead to more favorable outcomes.



from Optimum Sports Performance LLC http://optimumsportsperformance.com/blog/concurrent-training-intensity-distribution/

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Nearly 2 Million Concussions in Kids' Sports, Play Yearly?

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS from NYT Health http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2016/06/20/health/ap-us-med-sports-concussions-kids.html?partner=IFTTT

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Inciarte Sprints Lift Braves Over Mets 4-3, 4th Straight Win

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS from NYT Sports http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2016/06/18/sports/baseball/ap-bbn-braves-mets.html?partner=IFTTT

Friday, June 17, 2016


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Moving to Arizona Soon? You Might Need a License

By PATRICIA COHEN from NYT Business Day http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/18/business/economy/job-licenses.html?partner=IFTTT

Moving to Montana Soon? You Might Need a License

By PATRICIA COHEN from NYT Business Day http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/18/business/economy/moving-to-montana-soon-you-might-need-a-license.html?partner=IFTTT

25 Random Things About Me

This article is another from our Free Articles section at Strengthcooach.com. A recent post by Todd Hamer made me think of it and repost it. It was written 6 years ago but very little has changed.

25 Random Things About Me

I have a confession to make. I’m on Facebook. I know, Mike Boyle on Facebook, aren’t I a little old? I started using Facebook because someone said it would be good for business as a way to connect with old clients. In fact, we had a Boyle’s Alum page that our athletes set up on their own. Truth is, they were right. Even better, I’ve connected with a bunch of former athletes from BU. Two weeks ago I read something a friend had written that has become a viral topic on Facebook called Twenty Five Random Things About Me. I wrote my own and posted them to my Facebook page and to my blog then decided to share them with you guys also. Here goes.

1- My wife is my best friend.

2- I thought I loved my dog until my first child was born.

3- I’m beginning to believe in Karma. I think the more you give the more you get.

4- I might be one of the luckiest people in the world.

5- My father is in the Boston University Athletic Hall of Fame.

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25 Random Things About Me


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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Pirates Ace Cole Expects to Return for 'Majority of Season'

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS from NYT Sports http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2016/06/15/sports/baseball/ap-bbn-pirates-cole.html?partner=IFTTT

Friday, June 10, 2016

Do Rear Foot Elevated Split Squats Cause Back Pain?

I just got back from speaking at the Perform Better Summit in Orlando.  Before my talks I took in Stuart McGill’s talk ( he is always one of my favorites and has greatly influenced me).

Recently Dr McGill has been vocal about Rear Foot Elevated Split Squats potentially causing back pain, particularly SI joint pain and as he calls it “pelvic ring” disruption.

We probably use the rear foot elevated split squat as much as anyone and, have not had any increase in SI joint pain or back pain in general. In fact, we switched to the split squat variations in response to back pain from heavy back and front squats. ( to finish reading, click here…)


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Thursday, June 9, 2016

Yankees Beat Angels 6-3 for 4-Game Sweep, Back at .500

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS from NYT Sports http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2016/06/10/sports/baseball/ap-bba-angels-yankees.html?partner=IFTTT

Yankees Beat Angels 6-3 for 4-Game Sweep, Back at .500

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS from NYT Sports http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2016/06/09/sports/baseball/ap-bba-angels-yankees.html?partner=IFTTT

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Functional Range Release & Developing Your Own System

This weekend I had the pleasure of once again learning from Dr. Andreo Spina at the Functional Range Conditioning Course. The course was assisted by Dewey Nielsen and Hunter Cook. For those who have never taken one of Dr. Spina’s courses, they are a great blend of science and applied work. This course was entirely focused on movement and developing joint range of motion and control throughout the variety of activities that an individual may encounter depending on whatever it is they are trying to do (play sport, workout, live life, etc).

Instead of just reviewing the course I figured I’d blend in some of my ideas of how I go about trying to take new things I learn and putting them into my own system. A lot of times, when people take a course they immediately gravitate towards some of the ideas but then show up to work on Monday and fall into what they’ve always done. They borrow a few exercises or “drills” that they were taught over the weekend, however they never really operationalize what they have learned in order to see how it truly integrates into THEIR OWN system. In fact, some people have never even sat down to write out their own system in the first place (for interested readers, I wrote an entire article about developing your own system a little over a year ago. CLICK HERE).

Functional Range Conditioning

First, Functional Range Conditioning (FRC) IS NOT:

  • “Mobility Drills” that you just add to your warm up
  • PNF
  • Fancy gymnastic type exercises

FRC is not “mobility drills” that you just add to your warm up for 5min. The goal of the system is to identify joints that have limited function and work to improve them before loading them. A lot of people end up attending courses like FRC and walk away thinking, “Oh, this will be a good hip stretch to give to my clients and this drill will be a good t-spine mobility exercise to prescribe to my patients.”. Chance are, if you are thinking like this, you are missing the point. The system is set up to help you identify limitations and plan a training program that is specific to the needs of the client.

While some of the exercises in FRC utilize isometrics or eccentrics and may resemble PNF, FRC is not PNF. Dr. Spina discusses the scientific literature extensively and is adamant about the fact that he did not invent any of this stuff. Rather, we are listening to his interpretation of what the science says and how he has taken that science and created his own approach to movement and exercise. Thus, if you say that some of this looks like PNF, he would say, “Sure, of course it does. But, what we are doing goes beyond what PNF is because the other components of my system come from other realms of science.”

Fancy gymnastic exercises are currently all the rage on social media and, while there are those who do FRC that can do some incredibly crazy movements, the goal of the system is not to get you to be a gymnast. Rather, the goal of the system is to conduct a needs analysis of your client, determine the prerequisite movement competencies they require for their task/sport and then test them to ensure they poses these prerequisite competencies. If they do not have these competencies then you at least know where to begin your training program. A good example would be a strength coach who wants their athletes to squat yet several of the athletes lack prerequisites of ankle dorsiflexion, healthy knee/tibial rotation, or hip internal rotation. The strength coach puts these athletes under load and then may wonder why the athletes report back, hip, or knee pain 6 weeks later (or it could be shoulder or neck pain or maybe elbow pain or…well, it could be whatever! The point is that if you lack prerequisite competencies to meet your movement demands then load will be taken up somewhere in the body and wherever load begins to exceed capacity we end up with an injury). The aim isn’t to turn everyone into Gumby. A football player probably doesn’t need to be able to do the full splits or do any sort of crazy movement exercise but they do need health joint ROM and then control and strength through that ROM to satisfy their needs and demands on the field in order to mitigate the risk of injury.

What Functional Range Conditioning (FRC) is:

  • Functional Range Conditioning is a movement based system that applies scientific approaches to developing (or re-developing) joint mobility, joint integrity, strength, and connective tissue resilience.

These goals are met through a progressive system consisting of:

  • Controlled Articular Rotations (CARs)
  • Progressive Angular Isometric Loadings (PAILs) and Regressive Angular Isometric Loadings (RAILs)
  • Progressive Angular Loadings (PALs) and Regressive Angular Loadings (RALs)
  • Full Range Control

CARs can serve as both a warm (E.g., a daily routine) as well as an assessment of each joint. When a limitation is found, PAILs and RAILs are the initial starting point to help the individual re-develop normal joint function (NOTE: Don’t expect this to happen overnight). When an improvement has been made in joint function the soft tissue structures can begin to be loaded in order to develop end range control and strength, finally progressing to full range control. This approach is useful for both rehabilitation and strength and conditioning.

The concepts are simple. Assess joint ranges of motion and if the client lacks specific ranges of motion then work to improve those limitations through targeted strategies. I highlight targeted strategies because this is a critical component to the FRC system. Don’t just do “stuff”. Rather, assess for limitations and program targeted interventions that are specific to the individual’s needs. These targeted interventions should lead to a desired outcome/improvement and this should be tested to ensure that improvements are being made. Progress these interventions to train the individual with lots of variability through a wide range of motion. As Dr. Spina says, “You always end up regretting the position or range of motion you didn’t train in.” Why? Because the second you are thrust into that range of motion during a game (or at some point in life) and your tissue doesn’t have the capacity to control that range of motion, you end up getting injured.

“But how am I supposed to get my other lifting/training in?”

During the course, someone asked Dr. Spina, “So where would I fit this in with my normal training.” To which Dr. Spina replied, “You have a hip and an ankle with extremely limited mobility yet you want to squat in your training program and you are worried about where to fit FRC in? I’d look back at you and ask, “Where the heck are you going to fit your squat training into your FRC training training because it seems like this is what you need to do first!”".

The reply is brilliant and addresses the first point above about what FRC is not. FRC is not just about learning mobility exercises. If you want to use FRC and be effective in rehabilitation or training you need to think about programming this stuff just like you would any other exercise.

Does this mean that if you lack joint mobility in some of your prerequisites that you can no longer train until it improves? Absolutely not!! If you find areas of limitation, program exercises for those limitations into your training as you would any other exercise (IE, squats, bench press, sprints, plyos, etc) and work diligently on them while you also work on your other exercises to address your strength and power. Doing this might require a lateralization or regression of some exercises or a decrease in training volume or intensity, temporarily. This tends to scare people (as if the idea of decreasing lifting volume means they will automatically lose all strength and turn to mush) but if you work on improving your limitations you may find that as these prerequisites improve your strength begins to increase at a faster rate. I’ve discussed the concept of lateralizations and regressions, a concept discussed extensively by Charlie Weingroff, in a previous blog article. The concept basically tells us that we can still load and train while working on improving our limitation by choosing exercises that that don’t load us into that limitation. For example, if the football player lacks proper ankle dorsiflexion, while they are working on improving this limitation, you would lateralize their squat to something that does not require them to load into ankle dorsiflexion, such as a split squat, rear foot elevated split squat with a veritical tibia, trap bar deadlift, deadlift, rack pull, etc.

How Do I Fit This Into My Own System?

My training philosophy consists of three main elements

  1. Movement
  2. Stress Resistance/Stress Tolerance
  3. Fitness

philosophyWithin each of these buckets we have methods of testing and methods of training. What we test and how we train depends on the individual and the sport they are preparing for – this is not a one size fits all. The goal of the system is to increase the athletes Physiological Buffer Zone to make them as robust as possible against the stressors they will face in competition, across a season.

Obviously the FRC system fits into the Movement bucket – Does the athlete posses the necessary joint ranges of motion to satisfy the needs and demands of their sport (or even the specific position they play within that sport)?

Fitting the concepts of the FRC system into my own training methodology is not hard and actually compliments a lot of things I already do, which makes sense given that I’ve known Dr. Spina for a few years and his approaches along with those of Charlie Weingroff have been very influential on me within that Movement bucket. Here are some of the ways I’d take these concepts and begin to apply them:

  1. Deep offseason conditioning should be aimed at developing prerequisite competencies specific to the sport or addressing limitations that the athlete has. Strength training volume is lower during this time of year (we may only perform 2-3 days/week of 3-4 exercises with intensities of 70-75%) so it would not impeded on any of the FRC approaches we are taking to re-develop joint movement (NOTE: The exercises and the intensity of the exercises in the FRC system are absolutely brutal and exhausting because they are very specific and they target things that you are currently very poor at). CARs would be used as a daily routine to help move the joints through their available ranges of motion and exercises targeted at specific limitations (start by selecting just 1-2 limitations) will follow CARs exercises each day. Two to three times per week the individual will do a longer session of full body FRC (what is referred to as a Kinstretch Session). Aside form the strength training discussed above, we would have some form of energy system training, focused on developing general fitness and not highly specific to their sport at this time (E.g., aerobic adaptations, lower intensity conditioning activities, etc).
  2. As you begin to transition into more specific work and get closer to the season, use the Kinstretch sessions 1-2x/week to keep improving joint control. CARs will always be part of the daily routine (this may only take about 10min) and any limitations are noted. Hopefully at this point the athlete has acquired the important prerequisite competencies from the previous phase. Lifting, plyometrics, and sprinting need to begin to take a front seat in the training program in order to prepare for the competitive season. If the athlete is still lacking sport specific or exercise specific perquisite competencies lateralize or regress their strength and power exercises in order to develop those qualities while still working to improve joint integrity and soft tissue resilience in the areas of the limitations.
  3. During the season the 10min daily CARs continue. I see this being essential in-season! In-season, the wear and tear of competition and repetitive loading of tissues can become problematic for athletes and often lead to losses of joint range of motion or painful regions of joint movement (painful arcs or closing angle pain). The in-season daily CARs session serves to keep the joints healthy and maintain ranges of motion, allows the athlete to stay on top of any losses of range of motion or limitations, as well as inform the medical staff about any of these losses of range of motion or painful movements to pro-actively receive treatment and not wait until something breaks. The Kinstretch session may continue 1x/week to help maintain whole body movements during the in-season period.

The FRC system is highly useful and one of the things I appreciate about it is that Dr. Spina does not teach you exercises. He teaches you concepts. You, as the coach or therapist, need to determine which exercises your athletes need. You need to determine which prerequisite competencies are required for your sport. You need to plan the approach and develop the program and even develop your own exercises that target the individual’s needs. Rather than teaching you “stuff”, Dr. Spina teaches you how he thinks. If you have your own system, if you’ve taken the time to sit down and write out what things are important to you and how you test and train/address those things within that system, then it makes it a lot easier for you to operationalize concepts from someone elses system should you feel that those concepts compliment what you do and are important to you as well.

FRC is not about exercises, it is about a thought process. The concepts taught in the course are extremely valuable and useful, whether you train elite athletes, high school athletes, or general population clients of any age or ability. Because FRC is a thought process, you can adapt the concepts to any client as you, the coach/therapist, develop the exercises and interventions. Don’t just do stuff, train with a purpose!


from Optimum Sports Performance LLC http://optimumsportsperformance.com/blog/functional-range-release-developing-your-own-system/

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Saturday, June 4, 2016

FMS Releases Enhanced Level 1 Online Course

Just FYI, Functional Movement Systems has released an updated version of its original Level 1 course that is now available online. Course enhancements include upgraded, modernized video segments and demonstrations, as well as a more detailed look at each screen test.

FMS Co-Founder, Dr. Lee Burton, states, “The updated FMS Level 1 online course offers Gray Cook’s unique perspective on why it has become so important to understand and capture fundamental movements. Over the years, we’ve analyzed feedback to fine tune and better convey our philosophy, message,and movement principles. We cover the system behind interpreting scoring results and how it affects your exercise design and programming. Ultimately, the new FMS online course will make you a more effective training professional and lays the groundwork for corrective exercise application. The most exciting aspect is that you can now study Level 1 anytime, anywhere, 24/7/365. It’s there for you from the convenience of your own home, training facility, or wherever life’s adventures take you.”

For more information about FMS Level 1 online course and additional upcoming course enhancements, visit functional movement.com


For more information, contact:
Melissa Laughlin, Director of Business Development
Functional Movement Systems
Functional Movement Systems is a company with a mission to help people move better and then move often. The philosophy was introduced in 1995, at a time when there was no systematic tool to identify movement asymmetries or major limitations in functional movement patterns.

The system promotes collaboration between performance and rehabilitation professionals through the use of two tools – the Functional Movement Screen™ and the Selective Functional Movement Assessment™. Both tools evaluate movement but are separated by a clear distinct marker. That marker is pain. If movement produces pain, the individual would be sent through SFMA. If pain is not present, then the FMS is the appropriate tool. To learn more, visit functional movement.com

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Friday, June 3, 2016

Don’t Take Antibiotics You Don’t Need!

Antibiotics are overused in humans and the scary part is that we use more on animals.

Please read this ( and buy Purdue Chicken)

The 50 Year Cover Up Killing Millions

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Thursday, June 2, 2016

The Latest: Prep School Abuse Victim Calls for Legal Reform

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS from NYT U.S. http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2016/06/02/us/ap-us-boarding-school-abuse-rhode-island-the-latest.html?partner=IFTTT

No Criminal Charges After Boarding School Sex Investigation

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Suspect Arrested in Fatal Shooting of 2 College Students

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Eat Wild Caught Fish

I’m sure one of nutrition policemen will find some fault with this but I think you should try to avoid farm raised fish. It just doesn’t seem right?

How Fish Farms Destroy the EcoSystem and Damage Your Health

from Michael Boyle's Strengthcoach.com Blog https://strengthcoachblog.com/2016/06/02/eat-wild-caught-fish/
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Training the Overweight Client

Another good one from the Strengthcoach.com Free Articles section

I can’t believe I wrote this in 2010. Time flies.

Training obese clients represents a series of truly unique challenges. Within these challenges lie great business prospects and opportunities to change lives. However, to succeed trainers need to put a large amount of thought into the process of dealing with an overweight client. Unfortunately as Ben Franklin noted “common sense is not very common”. We constantly see trainers making recommendations for overweight clients that are both dangerous and foolish.
Luckily, as in so many situations, if you look for the answers, they become obvious. If trainers simply copy the foolishness they see on TV they are only going to make mistakes, injure clients and lose clients. The people that produce shows like The Biggest Loser are a huge part of the problem. What is done to the poor people on the show in the name of health and fitness borders on criminal negligence. The worst part is that current and future trainers watch the show and think that abusing and belittling clients actually works.

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Training the Overweight Client

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from Michael Boyle's Strengthcoach.com Blog https://strengthcoachblog.com/2016/06/01/training-the-overweight-client-3/
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