Recovery Roundtable

Recovery Roundtable

There are now entire businesses that revolve around recovery. People are constantly pushing themselves to the brink of destruction: more, more, MORE!

I’m just going to say it: sometimes, people need LESS.

Man this was a good discussion. Topics include:

  • Recovery for physical therapy patients
  • Recovery for pro athletes
  • Recovery for high school athletes
  • Recovery for general population clients
  • The ONE thing that is impacted across to board for my clients, Bill’s clients, and YOUR clients.
  • One of Ty’s favorite assessment indications of athletic potential
  • Why do people have pain?
  • Is joint impingement really that bad?
  • The compliance of my pro athlete clients
  • Lance & Brandon’s professor: a former Olympic level thrower, current neuroscience PhD, & my former classmate at Ball State University
  • Am I looking at all the things I can do or the ONE thing I can do to help my athletes recover?
  • The balance between keeping an athlete primed for competition vs toned down enough to recover
  • Bill’s biggest pet peeve with patients
  • And a ton of other stuff!

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Expand Your Business Reach with YouTube

Expand Your Business Reach with YouTube

While images may perform better on Facebook, billions of people rely on YouTube for discovery, engagement and finding goods and services. Just like the rest of your social media marketing plan, it’s important that you not only produce consistent content, but that your YouTube videos are cohesive and integrated. How much attention do you give to the quality, distribution, engagement, and conversion of your YouTube content? Use this month’s content to help you make YouTube a successful and integral part of your social media marketing plan.

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Reflecting Back On My First Major Project

Reflecting Back On My First Major Project

This Is Cool!

About 18 months ago, IFAST purchased a GymAware unit for the gym.  For those that don’t know, a GymAware unit is a velocity based training tool.  For those that don’t know what velocity based training (VBT) is, well, we have a lot of information on that for you on IFASTU.  That purchase started a LONG, maybe never ending experience.

Blindly playing with the GymAware device, measuring velocities only to find out I was doing it wrong, looking at power outputs and having no idea what was a lot or a little…this is how I spent my first 2-3 months with velocity based training.  I had no direction, no guide, only a lot of curiosity and smart people around me.

I had the pleasure of hearing Dr. Bryan Mann speak on VBT at the Physical Prep Summit in 2015 and that shoved me in a direction.  He gave me a list of research he used to form the foundation of VBT.  I was wandering around in a dark room until Dr. Mann flipped on a hallway light.  Now I had a direction to go in.

Along Came Tony

A few months after purchasing the GymAware, IFAST hired a former intern name Tony Giuliano.  Tony has a great mind for data and analytics so VBT immediately had him much like it grabbed me.  If the early moments of this experience was the movie Jerry Maguire, VBT definitely “had us at hello”.

We began to organize our VBT training utilizing some of the research.  Articles on creating load-velocity profiles, using mean velocity for non-ballistic lifts, peak velocity for ballistic exercises and shifting the force velocity curves became part of our everyday thought process.  We just weren’t sure exactly how to use it all just yet.

My excitement for VBT and the science behind was growing exponentially.  Every down moment in the office became a shop talk session trying to understand, challenge and dig deeper into training science.  Every athlete was becoming a guinea pig and we couldn’t wait to test and re-test to see how the training effected the athlete.

We still had no idea what we were doing but we were heading in the right direction.

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Chronic Back Pain and Cardiac Arrhythmia Case Study

Chronic Back Pain and Cardiac Arrhythmia Case Study

As coaches we’ve all thought about the ideal client before. For me, the ideal client is someone I can make quick changes with in our movement assessment, teach them big exercises, and then make some strides towards his/her goals.

My ideal client is the exact opposite of the client we are going to talk about in this video.

Everything from being overweight, to chronic back pain, and a cardiac episode has made programming for this client challenging to say the least. However, being able to successfully write programs for clients like this makes each of us far better coaches. In this video, I’ll cover mistake I made with his programming, how I adjusted the program based on his goals, and how we’ve managed hurdles along the way.

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Technically Correct But Useless Information: Does reviewing video work for overthinkers?

Technically Correct But Useless Information

Different people require different coaching. In this article, I will talk about:

  • What to do when you give a few cues, and your client’s movement keeps getting worse
  • The allure of technically correct but useless information
  • Three rules of thumb on how to coach overthinkers

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Thresholds of Motor learning: Emergent properties of motor control

Thresholds of Motor Learning

I wanted to take a break from all the physiology I’ve been talking about on here and take a minute to talk about something I’m really passionate about.

A few years ago I kind of became obsessed with how the nervous system produces movement. There are all these joints and muscles and things that have to be coordinated at the right time for your brain and body to work together to produce meaningful movement. It’s fascinating.

But it’s also kind of quirky that slightly changing one thing about an exercise or drill can spell disaster for some people’s nervous system, ultimately changing their movement for the worse.

In this video I go through “THE BIG 3”, and how “THE BIG 3” interact to help the nervous system decide how you should move at that instant in time. As a coach, being able to alter “THE BIG 3” changes how the nervous system operates, and can help you hack your coaching.

We’ll discuss:

  • What is motor learning?
  • Dynamic systems theory in motor control
  • Motor control “thresholds” and training
  • The application of all this theory to actual training

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3 Acceleration Issues: Overstriding, understriding, and poor relative strength

3 Acceleration Issues

Acceleration? It’s kiiiinda important.

Shocker I know.

Today we’re going to discuss three different issues that either lead to (a) mechanical breakdown, or (b) underperformance.

The examples show three different athletes:

  1. Overstriding
  2. Understriding
  3. Poor relative strength

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Expand Your Business Reach with Facebook

Expand Your Business Reach with Facebook

Americans rank Facebook as their #1 influencer on purchases. With 1.32 billion daily users, and 55% using it as a place to learn about brands, Facebook represents a huge potential market for your social media efforts, but it is becoming increasingly difficult to stand out from the crowd. Use the following info to help you increase your marketing success.

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