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My daughter and I enjoyed a smashing time in England with my host Martin Higgins at ProSport Physiotherapy. He and his wife, Helen took us in and rolled out the red carpet for us. York is a beautiful place and the group of clinicians that I had the pleasure of speaking to were wonderful!  I took multiple pictures as did Helen and two of those photos are here. Both were taken during the course, which was divided: 1. Inside for lecture and 2. outside in the beautiful English air for Lab.  I am looking forward to continued success in Jolly old England as next year we hopefully present Postural Respiration to this sharp bunch of clinicians!!!

Posted August 29, 2014 at 2:02PM by
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Loveland, CO (Postural Respiration) - A fantastic weekend in beautiful and majestic Colorado discussing the neurological effects of moving away from neutral into extension. Sacral extension, lumbar extension, diaphragm extension and the big one..., thoracic extension. Hyperinflation and limited rib mobility were discussed as contributors to an extended thoracic posture and a sympathetic functional state. The flat thoracic spine and also the overtrained lordotic mid to upper thoracic spine (that resembles a dog dish) can have a huge negative impact on this precious space called the Posterior Mediastinum. When the thoracic spine is flat in the back, the ribs are up in the front. When the inner scapular wall looks like the inside of Scooby-Doo's dog dish, you have a real problem. 

In addition to all the stories I tend to tell, the best story of the weekend came from my lab assistant, Craig Depperschmidt, DPT, PRC. He taught us a powerful lesson in neurology and movement when he shared the real life true story of his recent wrestle with an alligator. He was naturally concerned about his own well being, including alligator tail whip (frontal plane) and alligator "death roll" (transverse plane) maneuvers. But he told the story with an aura of confidence that clearly stemmed from his PRI background (and of course the advice of his alligator wrestling coach). He was taught that he could dramatically limit motion in the frontal plane and in the transverse plane if he increased motion in, you guessed it...,the sagittal plane. He approached the alligator from the tail and after securing his jaw, he pulled that beast into hyperextension. Alas, Craig was safe from tri-planer alligator movement because he appreciated the neurological and biomechanical effects of our old friend extension. Loved the story Craig, and was really grateful for the many ways it taught us about how to improve our patterns of training human movement. 

Craigs Story:

"A few weeks ago I had the fortunate experience to wrestle some alligators with a friend...for a purpose! There is an alligator preserve in southern Colorado that needs help inspecting the alligators for wounds (alligators fight each other a lot). So they get not-so-bright people like myself to pay money to wrestle the gators and inspect them for wounds. Supposedly the only place in the world you can do that! It was intense! 

First rule in alligator wrestling: stay away from the pointy end! Alligators only have a frontal and transverse plane....they can whip to the side to get you and will perform a "death roll" once they lock on to your body with their jaws. The trick is to get on their back (they can't see you if you come from behind them) and pull them into extension. They are helpless once you do that. That is, once you extend them, they loose their frontal and transverse plane. Sounds a little like PRI, eh?"

Posted August 28, 2014 at 3:40PM by
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Takashi Onuki, ATC, CSCS recently helped write an article in a Japanese magazine, Tarzan (which is similar to our Men's Health magazine here in the States) discussing PRI and asymmetry. He has also taken the time to translate the article for us so we can share the article with all of you. To view this article in English, click HERE, and to view the Japanese version click HERE! As a result of the overwhelming interest for PRI in Japan, we are hoping to take a PRI course or two to Japan next summer! Stay tuned for more information!

Posted August 27, 2014 at 9:08PM by
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Madison, WI (Myokinematic Restoration) - I had another great weekend in the city of Middleton and the home of great cheese and another Ice bucket challenge at the end of day one. The course attendees learned how to control their sympathetic nervous systems, get on their left legs in AFIR and exhale prior to pouring ice cold water for a worthy cause. I got caught in the cross fires of the ice water, so that counts for at least one more of my 5 nominations! This group of attendees included PT's PTA's, Strength Coaches, a chiropractor and an ATC! I love how PRI is reaching out into multiple arenas of clinical practice. 

We mixed up the lab session by throwing the attendees in 4 catogories of Patho and Non Patho Left AICs and Patho PECS and it was revealed once again that underneath every PEC lies a Left AIC. This grouping really drilled that point home and I am happy to report even our strongest PEC in the room repositioned with his Right Glute Max. All hail Gluteus! A shout out to Kevin Vogelzang from Missoula, MT for stepping up to help with me lab, Nick Rosencutter for single handedly influencing over half the class to attend in one way or another and Kane Sivesind for being such a gracious host. A good time was had by all!!!  PRI is taking hold in Wisconsin!

Posted August 27, 2014 at 9:00PM by
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After fielding a couple questions about the PRI Vision Integration for the Baseball Player course I felt like I still didn’t have a grasp of what the course actually was. I scheduled a time with Dr. Heidi Wise to talk about some of the concepts in the one day course.  While I was with her for about an hour and a half she was able to teach me some of the visual integration and training that will be taught. All of the things that you will be learning the first two days in the PRI Integration for Baseball will directly tie into the Visual Integration course. If you are having an athlete that is not getting better with the exercises there may be a visual component that is the missing link. Specific visual integration activities in this course will be used to get around the limits for many athletes.

One of the things I learned about was how well the PRI Vision Integration for the Baseball Player goes hand and hand with all of the other PRI concepts I have been learning. It can directly impact all three planes of movement. I felt it first hand with a Peripheral Visual Awareness (side vision) activity, this is the first concept that will be taught. These activities will give the visual pathway a chance to wire the body to move in a correct movement pattern and keep vision from being a limit. The second activity was Visual Relaxation. I experienced how the posture of the body can change through the visual system focusing or relaxing activity. The third activity looked at Eyes moving independently of the head.  In this section, muscle movement of the eyes and the head in common baseball positions that may cause the athlete to go into extension how to decrease this response will be discussed.

If these visual concepts are integrated and you are still not seeing progress there will be some next steps to determine what kind of visual intervention they need next. You will not need a team doctor to do these activities. An athletic trainer, strength coach or physical therapist would have no problem teaching them.  After the time I spent with her, I am confident that I would be able to integrate some of the visual activities with baseball athletes.

For more information on this course or to sign up, CLICK HERE!

Posted August 21, 2014 at 5:40PM by


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