Interview w/ Dr. Stuart McGill

Joe Heiler posted another good interview on his website sportsrehabexpert.com with Dr. Stuart McGill.  As always with Dr. McGill it’s worth the time to take a listen.  Interview with Dr. McGill – The Ultimate Back:  Enhancing Performance Dr. McGill talks about the information contained on his new DVD in the interview.   The DVD  contains footage working with professional athletes including Georges St. Pierre …

Single Leg Exercise

Single leg exercises do one thing especially well and that is hit the quatratus lumborum.  One of the QL’s main functions is to laterally stabilize the pelvis in a single leg stance.  One place this is important in everyday life is just simply walking.  Each step requires the QL to hold the pelvis up so to speak.  If the QL doesn’t …

The Reverse Hyper

The reverse hyper is good and evil at the same time. One thing we want to make sure we’re always doing is utilizing the glutes for hip extension.  A sign of glute weakness is the knees flexing when performing any type of prone hip extension movement. This is no exception on the reverse hyper either.  A lot of athletes will break …

Floor Angels

My post today is of our shoulder mobility exercise called floor angels. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHYRevvAsPg] Start with the knees bent and the feet flat on the floor. We start the hands at the ears and extend all the way up over the head by reaching out as far as possible. Have the athletes try to keep their arms completely flat on the floor …

Upper Crossed Syndrome I

A few weeks back we took a look at Lower Crossed Syndrome (Part I / Part II) in which the glutes and rectus abdominus are weak and inhibited and the hip flexors, and lumbar erectors are tight and overactive.  Today, we’ll look at that equivalent in the upper body.  Again this is the pioneering work of Vladamir Janda.  He was one of the first therapists to …

Sleeper Stretch

Many of the athletes associated with throwing sports have experience with the sleeper stretch.  The sleeper stretch is for those with glenohumeral internal rotation deficits commonly known as GIRD.  This problem occurs most often in overhead throwing athletes.  Every time an athlete throws a ball there are huge distraction forces that occur at the release of the ball.  This repetitive stress causes …

Lumbar Spine Rotation

Lately, I’ve heard of many coaches that are against the theory that the lumbar spine was designed to be stable and resist rotation, citing that if the lumbar spine wasn’t meant to move that it would’ve been made with a solid bone instead of moving joints.   Most of you know that this is my philosophy when it comes to training the lumbar …

Suck In???

Activating the transverse abdominus has received a lot of publicity in the last ten to fifteen years.  For a time people believed not training the deep core musculature was where we were going wrong with low back pain and proper core training.  Back in the mid 90’s the transverse abdominus became famous when a physical therapy lab in Australia conducted a study on people …

The Scap Dip

A great movement for training scapular depression is the scap dip.  Scap depression is extremely important for shoulder health as well as stability.  Depression helps to keep the scapulae out of a rounded over, and pulled forward position.  The pec minor as well as the lower trapezius are responsible for scap depression.  Often, the lower trap is inhibited, and has been lengthened through …

Great Video on the Low Back

Check out this video from Mark Young.  He shows exactly what can and does happen with countless reps of traditional ab training (spine flexion).  I found it on another website and thought it was too good to pass up. It may be a little graphic but it is just a pig spine.  [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mZF9mAgjw4] I’ve said it several times that I don’t …