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External Impingement – PART III

Continuing on with Part III of our shoulder series we come to impingement and its different forms.  There is internal, and external impingement.  Each comes with its own set of problems as well as treatments.  If you haven’t caught the other two previous parts you can find them below. Shoulder Mobility and the Fist to Fist – Part I Shoulder Series …

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Shoulder Series and the Sleeper – Part II

We’ll continue our shoulder series with Part II today.  You can catch Part I here if you haven’t already. So with the athlete in question that we talked about in Part I the overwhelming question is what do we do with him now. The non glamorous answer is that he will crush soft tissue work, as well as be manually stretched.  We have to …

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Shoulder Mobility and the Fist to Fist PART I

Since the first week of school is upon us this means one thing for the baseball program at TCU; movement screens.  The last 4 days of my life have been evaluating, measuring, and deciphering movement.  I recently uploaded a few videos that give some quality examples of the overhead squat, both good and poor.  I’ll post on those in the …

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Adaptation and Stress

Mike Reinold, a physical therapist on the East Coast, had a piece on his website titled Career Advice for Students and Young Professionals from Experts in the Field.  Leon Chaitow, who is a famed manual therapist, had a nice response.  I have posted it here. I recommend a thorough understanding of Hans Selye’s general and local adaptation syndrome concepts.  This …

Get Body Smart

Today, I’m sharing with everyone a great resource when it comes to understanding muscle anatomy.  The website is titled Get Body Smart.  I have included a link to the muscular system page, but the website actually goes over almost everything pertaining to human anatomy and physiology.  http://www.getbodysmart.com/ap/muscularsystem/menu/menu.html I think the muscular system tutorials are terrific for those needing to buff …

Bench Press vs. Pushup

The pushup article I posted on EliteFTS.com has been a popular link lately and yesterday I got a question on the article from Brian.  It’s a good question and one that confuses a lot of people. What You Don’t Know about the Push-up Could you explain why you say, “The scapula is allowed to go through its full range of …

Another one from Stuart McGill

Stuart McGill had a terrific article in last month’s Journal of Strength and Conditioning.  Everybody that reads this website probably knows how big of a fan I am of Dr. McGill.  I seem to post something from his about once every two weeks.  It just happens that the stuff I find from him is extremely informational, and I believe we …

Quick Hand Touches

I thought I would post one of my new favorite exercises called Quick Hand Touches.  We found this exercise about 6 months ago and have been incorporating it ever since.  [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pr1zoCtKeA4] It’s a great exercise because it combines torso stability in a dynamic environment.  The hands are moving as quick as possible while the torso’s job is to stay as …

The Hips and the Thomas Test

One of my friends and former intern, Andrew Paul, has an article on EliteFTS that is a good read.  The Strength Coach’s Guide to Movement Assessment: Part 2 In the article Andrew goes over dysfunction in the lunge pattern and how to correct some of the area’s that cause problems.  The Thomas test is one of the tests that I …

Warmup Overrated???

There was an interesting article a few weeks back in the New York Times titled The Right Way to Warm Up Is (Your Answer Here).  In it there are several varying opinions on the necessity of a warm-up.  Exercise researchers weigh in through the article stating that there is really little to no research available to prove that warming up has …