1) Pain is usually the main reason why patients come to see us. The traditional orthopedic approach always uses a pathoanatomical explanation for pain, but this might not always be correct. Lorimer Moseley gives a very entertaining presentation on explaining pain. My recent post also goes over some of these central processing mechanisms. And Todd Hargrove has a great review (part 1, 2, 3, 4) of Moseley and Hodges conference on pain and this neurologic approach.
2) The dead lift is an essential movement pattern. It is hip hinging at it’s best. Gray Cook and Brett Jones go over the dead lift and some great variations with kettlebells. If you think the dead lift is a bad exercise than you should read this (and stop being such a pansy).
3) The International Pain and Spine Institute has an awesome newsletter that provides clinical commentary, insightful articles, and current research. Sign up for their newsletter.
4) Kelly Starret has a very innovative blog that focuses on high level performance and cross-fit. One of the common mistakes I see in my patients that do cross fit is that they go into an excessive varum moment at the knee joint. They have been taught some type of “knees out” cue (which isn’t wrong, just incomplete). While preventing a valgus moment is imperative for knee health, just shoving your knees out by inverting the ankle isn’t much better. In this video, Kelly teaches the importance of keeping the 1st metarsal head down and creating torque and knee varum by “screwing the feet into the ground”.
5) Any questions about the Front Squat are answered by Eric Cressey.