1) Communication is just as important as the intervention. Seth Oberst writes a great post on the difference between external and internal cues. “It’s now being shown that athletes focusing on the results of the movement are producing more force, jumping higher, generating better performance in stressful situations, and increasing fluidity and multi-tasking.”
2) Evolution has shown us the importance of diet and the jaw on our growth as a species. Here’s an interesting site on the jaw and it’s relation to the co-morbidities.
3) Want to learn how to pistol squat? Click here.
5) The never ending patella vs. hamstring ACL graft battle. Mike Reinold goes over recent research that showed more revisions are performed on hamstring grafts. “When we really assess the numbers, it is clear that both graft options are great choices with low revision rates. Even though we are comparing the two, realistically the revision rates after ACL reconstruction are low for both hamstring grafts and patellar tendon grafts.”
6) Nice article with some PRI and DNS concepts for abdominal training from Mike Robertson.
7) This is some great stuff from Jeff Cubos. Quotes from Andreo Spina followed by his explanation of each quote. I also re-read this post from Spina on fascia, solid-state biochemistry, and theoretical physics. You might not want to speed read through this one.
8) More evidence on proximal influence: “…rehabilitation professionals should consider incorporating balance training, as an integral component of core stability, into the rehabilitation of athletes with shoulder dysfunction.”
9) This sums up our dysfunctional nutrition views: 11 Graphs Showing What is Wrong with the Modern Diet
10) Lorimer Moseley on Bioplasticity: “It seems to me to be a fairer reflection of what we know about ourselves and it is a sensible umbrella term for the changes that occur across multiple systems when, for example, pain persists, or when, for example, we try to change pain.”
11) “We all want our magical hands, brilliant exercises, and genius programming to cause specific advantageous adaptations that give our patients super-human like powers. But the sad truth is, even if we put a magic spell on a patient, they will only get better if they can adapt from it.” Recovery Drives Adaptation
12) Zac Cupples reviews Explain Pain. Great stuff. “The therapeutic goal is to alter representations, deactivate painful neurotags, and reduce the perception of threat.”
13) “Connective tissue is both fluid and container, a sea and a retort, the medium in which chemical re-organization occurs (Juhan). It is fluid crystal, a ‘dynamic rhythmic matrix which operates as conductor for many different kinds of energy: mechanical, elastic, hydraulic, electro-magnetic, gravity, heat, sound and light.’ (Peters). Shifts in our emotional state are linked to perceptions of a change in the state of our connective tissue, including a sense of flow and ease, or fullness, or lightness, or constriction or density.” – Roz Carrol
14) If you enjoyed the NFL Combine, you should check this out. Mike Robertson goes over the strength & conditioning components of each test.
15) Advanced Lat Stretch for the athletic population.
16) “This shows that the adductors have better leverage as hip extensors in hip flexion, whereas the glutes have better leverage as hip extensors in anatomical position. Also, the sum of hip extension moment arms is greater in hip flexion compared to anatomical position.” – Bret Contreras post on hip extension during the lockout phase of a deadlift. For less adductor activity during extension, try emphasizing extension at neutral.
17) 3 Different “Happy” Lives – Martin Seligman
18) Erson interviewed pelvic floor specialist, Julie Wiebe. Some good stuff here. 4 Gems: 1)“Trust that the body is a self righting organism. Our job is to guide the process.” Norene Christesen, PT. ” 2) “I didn’t make them better, they made changes in how they thought about, used or moved their body and saw results. ” 3) “Our stability system actually runs off the breath cycle.” 4) “the pelvic floor is parallel in its action to the diaphragm, they work together, so it is important that clinicians know how to integrate them along with the TA and multifidus into their programming for stability, strengthening, balance, etc.”
20) Gait Guys (via Erson) – The Deadmill. Treadmill pulls the hip into extension, knee into extension, and ankle into dorsiflexion. The problem is that this passive pull on these joints causes a stretch reflex (muscle contraction) and inhibition of the antagonist. It robs the user of glutes, quads, and ankle DF. How many runners do you see that need glute & quad strenth and ankle DF ROM?
21) “True movement intelligence therefore doesn’t exist so much in the movements themselves, but in their interaction with the environment.” – Todd Hargrove
22) Top 3 Tweets of the Month
- @deansomerset – Knowledge without application = useless. Application without knowledge = dangerous. Always know more than used, never use more than known
- @DrAndreoSpina – To fully understand human health study human #evolution
- @PikeAthletics – Strength is an attitude, not only a physical quality.
Note: Some use twitter to promote and sell their products, some use twitter to troll and argue, and some, like @ZBrulet, use twitter to share knowledge and improve movement. If you have any interest in S&C, you need to follow him.
23) WOD of the Day – Snatch and Roll for Embarrassment