Posts by James Anderson

Had a great couple of days teaching the PRI Integration for Baseball course in beautiful Port St. Lucie, Florida. It was my first opportunity to present this course with our new instructor, Ben Hagar, DPT, PRC and he did a fantastic job. You know things are going well integrating a new instructor when nobody in the room knew that this was his first time presenting and everybody did a great job connecting with the material. As a current MLB Physical Therapist and a long time protege of course author Allen Gruver, PT, ATC, PRC, Ben made the transition to Affiliate Course Instructor look pretty easy. Thanks for your high level of professionalism, your eye for detail and your commitment to making sure the course was a great experience for every single course attendee. It was truly an honor to mentor you and to get to work with you presenting this course Ben.

Also a big thank you to the New York Mets organization for being such a great host site for the course. We felt right at home with your staff and really sensed we were in an environment committed to getting better and working to help those around you get better. You were willing to learn with us, share so much of what you knew and contribute to a collaborative environment that really made for a great course. We look forward to being able to share more of our science with your staff in the future.

As for the highlights, Ben's slow motion video analysis of phases of throwing and hitting really set the stage for relevant and successful application of PRI to the patterned baseball athlete. The sitting trunk rotation test, the quadruped thorax on scapula movement assessment test and the standing eversion with abduction test were provided to help determine which components of rotational body function were deficient for both the right and left handed baseball player. The practical lab for each of these tests really gave the course attendee valuable insight into which components of movement needed to be addressed in order to restore tri-planer movement variability to the overarm rotational athlete. The Left AIC/Right BC pattern was presented in great detail, as well as the respiratory-driven Superior T4 Syndrome and the repetitive rotation-driven Superior T8 Syndrome, with treatment and training recommendations given for each presentation. Sidebar discussions about softball, volleyball, golf, handball and football, using the same conceptual model of analyzing rotational movement were very insightful to professionals working in these settings. It became clear to the group that the content of this course has application way beyond just baseball.

Posted November 29, 2016 at 4:12PM

Mike and the crew at the West Chester location of Premier Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine were great hosts and really took a liking to the Postural Respiration course material. Most of the class were present when they hosted Myokinematic Restoration 1 year earlier with Jennifer Poulin and they felt this course really helped bring the 2 courses together. It was so great to team teach this course with Louise Kelly and see the group come alive as their understanding of both courses was brought together. Its not as common to be able to team up with another one of our faculty, like Louise and I were able to do, but its definitely a treat for both of us and for the course attendees, because we all are able to learn so much from each other.

I was the primary presenter for the first half of the first day, introducing concepts associated with thoracoabdominal pathomechanics and outlining the framework for the course. Louise took the lead during the second half of the first day as we transitioned into the L AIC pattern and both non-manual and manual techniques for treating this pattern. She also was the primary presenter for the first half of the second day, moving into the R BC and Superior T4 Syndrome issues. She did a fantastic job going over rib mechanics, compensatory breathing patterns and methods to treat both of these conditions. The manual techniques were especially helpful to this group and they came to appreciate the different manual approaches they needed to take for different types of compensatory thoracic patterns. We had a lot of fun in the lab for the manual rib techniques and it was great to have someone as experienced and helpful as Louise to help it all go so well.

While in the Philadelphia area, I had the opportunity to take in some of the sights and sounds this great city has to offer. I went to the Rodin Sculpture Museum and also to the Barnes Foundation Museum of Art on Benjamin Franklin Parkway. It was just the tip of the iceberg of Philadelphia museums, but its all I had time for. Next time I want to go to the Philadelphia Art Museum and run up the stairs to the front door, just like Rocky Balboa. I've been to the statue of Balboa out in front of the museum, but I've never taken the time to go inside and enjoy the art. Too many museums, not enough time. Philadelphia is definitely one of my favorite cities, when it comes to art and culture.

Posted November 14, 2016 at 5:14PM

Impingement and Instability. Had a great weekend at Bon Secours in Richmond Virginia exploring the frontal plane implications of foot and ankle function, knee function, hip and pelvic function, thoracic and shoulder function and cervical function. Appreciating what the frontal plane ankle does for the frontal plane hip and vice versa was a big part of our morning on the first day. We learned about neurological reference centers and then applied the patterned differences between the right and left side to the gait cycle. During the second half of the first day, we discussed the knee joint and worked on how to correctly diagnose and treat both compensation and orientation issues between the femur and the tibia and vice versa. The frontal plane influence up to the diaphragm as a basis to the transverse plane performance above the sacral base was a big part of our morning on the second day. This gave us added insight to treating instabilities that could be experienced at the hips, ischial seat or impingement issues commonly seen across the hips. That left the afternoon of day two to talk about the thorax and scapula, with a special emphasis on the scapular-thoracic instabilities that can develop on top of the thoraco-scapular patterns commonly seen. Manual techniques to treat Sibson's fascia, the right intercostal wall and the left pec major were also shown and discussed in great detail. It was fun to practice techniques together and to provide properly referenced cuing for our patients during exercise to help us all become better at delivering PRI.

Posted October 31, 2016 at 9:18PM

PRI Integration for the Home. Seattle Washington. Jill Moynahan and the team at Providence Homecare in Renton Washington were fantastic hosts for a great weekend with a super group of people in a very beautiful place. Thank you for your kind hospitality and the opportunity to enjoy such a fun weekend together. The class enjoyed going over the new and improved PRI Integration for the Home material, including the new ADL exercises and the standing resisted squat progressions. A couple of attendees who had taken the course prior to the new updates said it was totally worth attending again, simply because they were able to learn about and practice these new techniques. And if you haven't had the opportunity, Seattle Washington is a beautiful and super fun place to visit. My wife Karen was able to make the trip with me and we enjoyed going to great places like the Seattle Art Museum, the Pike Street Market, the Space Needle, Lake Washington and the Columbia Tower. The view of Puget Sound and the City of Seattle from the rotating restaurant at the top of the Space Needle really gave us an appreciation of the majestic beauty the great Northwest has to offer. Thank you Seattle for your ongoing interest in PRI and our opportunity to visit your beautiful city.

Posted October 24, 2016 at 7:55PM
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I spent a great weekend at the Fortius Sport and Health complex in beautiful Vancouver British Columbia. What an awesome host site. And what a super group of professionals attending, most of whom were attending their first ever live PRI course. Ryan, you were a great host and all the attendees were great, especially considering that we were holding the course on the weekend of Thanksgiving in Canada (and the Toronto Blue Jays were back in the playoffs!). Thanks for spending time with us and missing or rescheduling your Thanksgiving turkey dinners. As for the majestic beauty of Vancouver, this is God's Country. Wow! Reminded me of my youth growing up near beautiful Glacier National Park in NW Montana. And when I went on a walk around the lake across from the complex and saw a "Caution, Bears in the Area" sign, I felt right at home. Fortunately, I didn't run into any bears or other wild animals.

But it was beautiful. As for the Myokinematic Restoration course, this weekend was a nostalgic experience for me. One, because my PRI journey started with this course and it has been my pleasure to have taught it so many times over the years to so many new and energetic attendees, both live and through the home study. Two, because I realized I will not be teaching this course as much in the future because of my expanding affiliate course responsibilities and because we have a growing number of new faculty members who will have the responsibility of teaching our primary courses. I'm excited for our institute's growth and development, but I must say, a reflective weekend like this in such a beautiful place really made me miss those early years of PRI and all those great experiences. A big "thank you" to anyone who has ever shared a Myokin moment with me over the years. You are what makes it all worth it!

Posted October 17, 2016 at 4:34PM
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Mike Roberts and the good folks at Central Mass Physical Therapy did an excellent job hosting Impingement and Instability this past weekend in beautiful Worchester, MA. I was able to spend some time visiting family and friends and I took the opportunity to visit Minuteman National Park in Concord MA. Here the British Red Coats faced down the early colonists across the Old North Bridge prior to the firing of "The shot heard round the world". I went to the nearby Acton Memorial Library and saw the actual sword, a blood stained hat band and a lock of hair from 3 of the colonists that died on that day. Cool stuff. I'm a history buff and I had an awesome time taking in some of the great American history that region has to offer. Anyhow, as far as the course was concerned, we had a great experience exploring secondary level PRI integration with a fantastic group of people. We had a fun combination of rehab, strength, performance and training professionals in attendance who were willing to do their part to make it a great learning experience for the group. They came together to take a more advanced look at the science of PRI, after having done some of the due diligence required with our primary course material. Its always great to take things to the next level in a secondary course like this, especially with an interactive group who came prepared with so many great questions. We talked about the human sense organs and how all things come together to help us sense the space around us and the ground beneath us. The concept of reference centers was well received and it seemed to help all in attendance become better at what they already knew about PRI movement science. The questions were awesome and it was fun to demonstrate so many of the principles taught on course attendees with specific instabilities or a lack of perception and awareness across specific reference centers. Nothing teaches a confusing principle better than seeing it demonstrated on a person with a similar deficit or problem to someone you have seen yourself and didn't know what to do with. We talked about he many ways and reasons the human system becomes lateralized to the right and how the neurology of perceiving space, both the space around us and the space within us, helps us negotiate these lateral tendencies. There were a lot of "ah ha" moments as the class considered the affect of asymmetrical hyperinflation, overactive unilateral muscle chains and asymmetrical ways of stabilizing our body when we stop to rest or attempt to move. These principles were put into play to decrease the negative effects of calcaneal instability, patella femoral instability, ilium instability and scapular instability. The thoughtful questions from the group and their requests to see techniques demonstrated throughout the course added to our overall learning experience. So, thanks again for all the great contributions everyone and for making our time together so practical and fun.

Posted September 28, 2016 at 8:29PM
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This past weekend confirmed once again that "PRI Integration for the Home" is ONE OF OUR BEST KEPT SECRETS! This was the first time we presented all of our new updated exercise techniques and let me just say they were very well received. The seated and standing techniques for securing a three dimentional Zone of Apposition were an awesome segway into the frontal plane abdominal wall techniques that secured the lower thorax so the upper thorax could counter rotate properly in both directions for dynamic gait and balanced ADL function. The left Serratus Anterior was employed together with the left Internal Oblique and Transverse Abdominus to realign the left half of the diaphragm so the patients could move freely in all three planes. The standing resisted hamstring techniques and the standing resisted adductor techniques were powerful exercises that literally all class attendees were able to feel working in the lab, which isn't always true. They were a very integrated compliment to the seated and recliner training techniques that help begin training these early stance gait muscles. Eyes lit up as attendees realized that they could have success with gait and balance integration in standing with even the most frail geriatric patients using these techniques. One of the star attendees in the class, Mellet Romero, PT, CLT sent me some follow up thoughts on the course and also some super cool photos of an 87 year old superstar named Barbara and a beautiful 96 year old named Vera that I just had to share. Ladies, I would have never known your ages, because you both look so much younger than your age would suggest. I just hope I could ever look as beautiful and happy as you ladies look when I'm your age! Your pictures put such a smile on my face I had to share them.

"The course this past weekend was “Frontal Plane City!” We learned the role of the Frontal Plane as the bridge between Sagittal and Transverse plane in order to successfully perform Tri-planar activities. It is amazing to imagine that all daily activities such brushing your teeth, cooking or gardening require cohesion of three planes of motion in which PRI breathing is the anchor. This PRI affiliate course does not require attendees to have the 3 core courses, yet the quality of the content is hearty. I have attended about 7 courses class since 2011, yet this is the best James has explained the important role of frontal plane control on full body function for the geriatric population. This includes performance of the calcaneus for ground feedback /control, especially when the patient gets up to walk or reach. This new and improved manual is a treasure-trove full of practical PRI integrated exercises designed to be done in the home setting. For us therapists working with geriatric populations, we view our patients as athletes working on performance, but their focus is on daily living activities and improving quality of life. Thank you James for such a great course!" Mellet Romero, PT, CLT

Posted August 25, 2016 at 7:57PM

Allen and I enjoyed our weekend in Philadelphia at the Maplezone Sports Institute with the staff from the Training Room PT, who hosted PRI Integration for Baseball. Thank you to Rob Rabena and Jon Herting for sharing such a great facility with us and for being such great hosts. It was great to get to spend some time with an old friend Navin Hettiarachchi, and to enjoy the evening with him and Allen after the first day of the course. We took a tour of the new Philadelphia Mormon Temple and we all agreed it was a very beautiful building. Near the end of our tour we got to take our picture next to Thorvaldsen's "Christus" statue. The original stands in Copenhagen Denmark, but the statue we saw was an impressive replica and made for a great picture. Allen and Navin could not get over the fact that Jesus was standing in left AFIR with a lot of right chest wall expansion. We laughed because the most memorable part of our tour was getting our picture taken with "Left AFIR Jesus". Notre Dame and the Catholics have Touchdown Jesus and BYU and the Mormons have Left AFIR Jesus. Too funny. The second day of the baseball course was focused mostly on testing and treatment. The biggest ah-ha's seemed to come during the Quadriped TS-ST Stability Test lab. The combination of assessing lateralization, pelvic elevation and proper weight shift across the pelvis while in AFIR with contralateral trunk rotation helped attendees recognize tri planar performance deficits across the lumbo-pelvic and thoraco-abdominal core on one side of the body compared to the other. All in all, it was a great weekend of PRI principles, baseball throwing mechanics, tri-planer movement assessments and both treatment and training techniques for the baseball athlete. Thank you Philadelphia for all the fun memories.

Posted August 22, 2016 at 7:34PM
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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.

Posted July 28, 2016 at 1:53PM

PRI Integration for the Home is updated and expanded.

Nearly 40 new techniques have been added to the existing 75 techniques available in our flagship affiliate course PRI Integration for the Home. This course continues to focus on successful PRI integration for geriatric, chronic pain and frail patients in home, inpatient and also outpatient settings. Highlights include gait integration via new hamstring specific, adductor specific, glute medius specific and glute max specific standing resisted techniques. They also include new right serratus anterior, left serratus/left low trap and right low trap techniques that unlock torsional thoracic patterns to restore upper half gait mechanics and functional balance to the geriatric athlete. 

It was a pleasure to return to Nebraska to collaborate with our superstar Home Integration model Irene, who's beautiful smile makes balanced gait and reciprocal activity seem effortless. Thanks for being so patient with our tedious photo shoot and all our weird requests. But mostly I'd like to thank you for your kind hospitality and your willingness to host us once again as we work to find better ways to deliver successful rehab outcomes to this awesome patient population.

Come and experience the updated Home Integration course during one of our 3 remaining offerings this year: Salem, Oregon on August 21-22, Seattle, Washington on October 15-16 and Warner Robbins, Georgia on October 29-30.

Posted July 11, 2016 at 2:42PM
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