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Management of position, posture and weight distribution are key elements to skiing.  In the “pattern”, our weight is over the right leg driven in part by a dominate right antero-lateral abdominal wall.  This works in our favor with a left turn.  The pelvis is oriented to the right, we have Right AFIR, right shoulder is down with left trunk rotation and a right arm forward. 

Weight distribution over the right ski, or downhill ski, in a left turn is pretty important especially with the ability to adduct and internally rotate on the right.  The inside portion of the ski, or the inside edge, is necessary so that we don’t slide or fall straight down the hill.  This is called edge control and the ability to evert the downhill ski while we invert the uphill ski gives us direction and control. This is also called a parallel turn.

 The ankles in a ski boot are fixed and move very little so frontal plane control has got to come from the hips and knees.  But the feet and ankles have an important role with sensing the ground and signaling the brain and rest of the kinetic chain the position of the skis and helping to control shifting of weight side to side, forward and backwards. 

Tri-planer thinking starts with sagittal plane and having a neutral pelvis is necessary to transfer load from right to left side, left turn to right turn.  Without sagittal plane control and maintaining it, frontal plane control will suffer since adducting a femur then internally rotating it will be limited at best. Without sagittal and frontal plane management, a ZOA on the left will also be compromised and limit the ability to turn a pelvis to the left to stay effectively in left stance with right trunk counter rotation.  As a side note, this directional separation of pelvis and rib cage is another critical component to performance. Trying to teach someone to just “get better” at right turns without a tri-planer position awareness will be a limiting factor at best.      

Posted January 13, 2017 at 10:25AM by

We are excited to announce and congratulate the Postural Restoration Trained (PRT) Class of 2017!  PRT is the result of completing multiple advanced PRI courses, demonstrating a thorough understanding of the science through completion of the PRT application, and successfully participating in practical and analytical testing. Eight individuals earned the designation of Postural Restoration Trained (PRT) under the direction of Ron Hruska, Neil Rampe and Jennifer Platt.

The Postural Restoration Institute® established this credentialing process in 2011 as a way to recognize and identify individuals with advanced training, extraordinary interest and devotion to the science of postural adaptations, asymmetrical patterns and the influence of polyarticular chains of muscles on the human body as defined by the Postural Restoration Institute®.  The PRT credential is available to Certified Athletic Trainers, Certified Athletic Therapists and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists who have completed the course requirements, application and testing process. With the addition of this class, there are now 41 PRT professionals throughout the U.S.

PRT credentialed athletic trainers and strength and conditioning specialists offer a unique approach to physical medicine and fitness called Postural Restoration. This approach addresses underlying biomechanics which can often lead to symptoms of pain and dysfunction. All mechanical influences on the body that restrict movement and contribute to improper joint and muscle position are considered, examined, and assessed. Techniques are utilized to restore proper alignment of the body while proper respiratory dynamics are considered. Management encompasses prevention and lifetime integration for long-term successful outcomes.

Congratulations!

Pictured from left to right: (Back Row) Ron Hruska, Neal Hallinan, Taylor Lewis, Michael Schofield, Yusuke Nejo, Neal Rampe (Front Row) Jeffrey Eckhouse, Elizabeth Kais, Anne Bradley, Miguel Aragoncillo

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Posted January 12, 2017 at 3:14PM by

Dominant neurologic patterns and natural human asymmetries drive every form of breathing, position and movement.  The inability to manage patterns, asymmetries and breathing shows up in performance from simply walking to every sport or physical activity. 

Skiing is no exception and it is especially true with the ability to ski-turn to the right as well as to the left.  Ask most skiers which turn is easier and invariably they will mention their left turn going downhill is easier that their right.  Knowing the PRI definition of “AFIR” and “AFER” can help even the non-skier understand the mechanics and problems facing a skier attempting to get into left stance or Left AFIR as well as their right stance or Right AFIR.

For most people in the “pattern” (Left AIC, Right BC), they get into Right AFIR more easily than their left.  They can get so good at it that they are stuck in it.  For some in what we refer to a PEC pattern, they really don’t do right or left stance very well but they tend towards right stance easier.

The point is to do both well especially on the left and that means getting the socket over the ball (acetabulum over femur) as well as the femur turning internally in the socket (femur under socket).

For an effective right turn, the pelvis has to orient from the right to the left for Left AFIR.  Being able to position a left inominate bone from flexion towards extension into neutral is the job of the left hamstring and glute.  Then having the ability to put that ball joint into the socket depends on an anterior lateral abdominal wall, an anterior glute medius and a distal left adductor that has an internal rotation component to it. 

None of this will happen without getting a hemi-diaphragm to “dome” or create a “Zone of Apposition” (ZOA) and help to inhibit a left psoas muscle that contributes to the inability to put the pelvis in a position so a femur can adduct.  With sport performance, not only do both femurs need to be able to adduct in stance phase, but they need to be able to adduct with strength and power.

Adduction of a femur is critical for a ski turn along with internal rotation of a femur driving the knee medially for frontal plane control of the “inside edge” of the ski, left and right side, but especially left since this is the side most of us have difficulty with.  Many skiers are great compensators, like many athletes, and they find a way to have decent turns to the right even without the ability to adduct or get into Left AFIR fully.  But this comes at a cost with extension of a spine and compensatory torque into a knee that often can lead to reliance of end ranges for stability. 

Skiing, like walking, requires that our brains sense the ground or in this case the snow under a ski.  Getting into left stance is critical for this process proprioceptively so the brain can trust being on the left side for a right turn.  Without the ability to get into Left AFIR, dominate patterns will prevail and most skiers will fight with a right turn to some degree regardless of their ability. 

         

Posted January 10, 2017 at 9:58AM by

Mike Cantrell and I are excited to announce the official launch of our new business venture: Applied Integration Consulting.

Mike and I are offering formal consulting opportunities in an outreach format for rehab patients, fitness clients and performance athletes. We have built our company around our strong desire to mentor industry professionals looking to enhance successful application of Postural Restoration® in their own setting.

Feedback has been excellent!

“Co-treatments in the clinic with James Anderson were invaluable in progressing our clinical application of PRI practice and solidifying our methodology. Our time together was packed with countless clinical pearls and was helpful in motivating our team of clinicians”.  Amy Goddard-Go Sports Therapy, Coppell, TX

“I can’t begin to say how incredibly helpful Mike has been. He has mentored me, guided me with my clients and provided me with the skills that have empowered me. Thanks Mike”.  Debbie Teller-Busy Bodies Personal Training, Newport News, VA

“James identified key breakthroughs with our challenging clients so they could enjoy continued success with their training. Thanks for being a powerful resource to our team of strength and conditioning coaches, personal trainers and physical therapists.” Adam Vogel-Pure Performance, Needham, MA

For more information or to take advantage of this service, please call (402) 871-8060. To learn more about Applied Integration Consulting, click here.

Posted January 9, 2017 at 9:00AM by

We are excited to announce that PRI will be featured throughout 2017 on public television networks' "Voices in America with James Earl Jones" educational segment. The video segment has been distrubuted to public television networks in all 50 states. While airing schedules are not available to us, you might hear from patients or clients who happen to see this educational segment on Postural Restoration®.

In addition to the educational segment that they will be airing on public television, two other segments: "PRI in 6 Minutes" and "PRI in 60 Seconds" were produced and made available to us, and will be on our home page soon (see below). You are welcome to embed these videos onto your personal or professional website to help educate patients, clients, and the general public on the history behind the science of Postural Restoration®.

The "PRI in 60 Seconds" commercial will also be airing nationally on CNBC on Friday, January 6th at 8:30pm Eastern, 7:30pm Central, 6:30pm Mountain and 5:30pm Pacific time. So, set your DVRs or tune in to CNBC tomorrow night! Please note the commercial airing could land anywhere within an hour of the above scheduled times. In the past, we have been told that they have typically aired within 15 minutes of the schedule. Following this national airing, it will continue to air on CNBC in several different regions across the country.

Posted January 5, 2017 at 9:08AM by
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