I had a great weekend with the crew at DC Fitness in Los Angeles presenting the new and updated version of our Myokinematic Restoration course. The majority of the group was new to PRI and could not have known enough about our institute's evolution to realize how great the updated course content and course flow really was. But some of the more experienced PRI people in the group, like my capable assistants, Matt Uohara, MS, CSCS, FRCms, PRT and Skip George, DC, PRC, thought it was a fresh, clean and very understandable approach to Myokin assessment and to successfully advancing Myokin treatment progressions.
California was a great place to roll out the new Myokinematic Restoration course because their audiences are typically reflective of the up and coming PRI audiences we are seeing across the country. 15+ years ago, the majority of course attendees were physical therapists, and courses were being held in smaller locations in the midwest or around different growing hubs of PRI activity in a few select parts of the country. We've now grown into larger markets in all parts of the United States (and across the world) and our courses will commonly include a much wider variety of rehab, movement and healthcare professionals. This includes physicians, dentists, optometrists, chiropractors, strength and conditioning coaches, athletic trainers, personal trainers, and movement enthusiasts from just about every background.
Because the group included so many movement and performance specialists, it was great to take our PRI analysis of gait into a discussion of the necessary ingredients of both loading and exploding when we train explosive movement. We talked about properly loading the stance phase of the gait cycle with AFIR so proper exploding and performance can occur during the late stance phase of the gait cycle with AFER. As expected, we were very specific about which side of the body needed which missing element of the gait cycle and then concurrently put a plan together to correct what both sides of the body needed. All of this was discussed in context with the Hruska Adduction and Abduction Lift Tests and what the results of these tests tell us. These tests were the foundation of the clinical decision making process we used to guide treatment progression. We used the test scores to help direct treatment up into supported standing, unsupported standing, integrated standing when needed and then to alternating reciprocal standing activities. Everyone did a great job with treatment progressions and had a lot of confidence with the material, including standing progression and standing integration by the time we were done. Well done everyone.