Posts by James Anderson

Enjoyed a beautiful weekend on the East Coast of Florida with David Donatucci and the awesome staff at the Florida Institute of Performance. It's always a blessing to be able to enter the world of Athletic Performance Training and collaborate with some of the best out there. David, we're impressed with your program and especially impressed with how well you treated us as guests in your facility. Thank you. 

Also, a big thank you to Karen Hoyt, PT, ATC, PRC for spending the weekend with us and working with the group as my lab assistant. You're one of the PRI pioneers in Florida and a great example to a growing body of clinicians as the first PRC in the state.

The word of the weekend was fundamentals. Fundamentals of rib mechanics, fundamentals of breathing, fundamentals of patterned body postures and fundamentals of inhibition and restoration. We stayed focused on the basic principles that drive PRI thorax evaluation and treatment and used repetition and analogy to keep things clear. 

George, it was an honor to have you join us for this course with some of your staff and to go beyond just golf and talk about baseball performance considerations. I loved how you kept it practical for us when you asked what we could do with a baseball athlete when you only had a few minutes prior to performance. Thanks for jumping up on the demo table and letting me show you and the group the power of rib internal rotation and reducing hyperinflation. I do indeed think you looked 10 years younger after the treatment. #fightingweight. 

All in all, it was a great 2 days on breathing, inhibition and biological performance across the thorax. Thanks again for your strong interest as a group in the fundamental principles of this institute. We were really honored to be there. 


Posted February 5, 2016 at 3:12PM
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Enjoyed a great weekend at the Peoria Sports Complex with a super group of baseball professionals building our knowledge and expanding our perspective on how to care for the overarm rotational athlete. A big thank you to Jimmy Southard for being a great host and the consummate professional. 

Using slow motion video analysis, we broke down upper extremity mechanics, torso mechanics, lumbo pelvic mechanics and lower extremity mechanics for all phases of throwing. We looked closely at the influence of alternating reciprocal torso mechanics on alternating reciprocal arm mechanics and vise versa. 

Common human postural patterns as related to the pelvis and thorax were presented and discussed. The compensatory rotational patterns that commonly develop with overarm rotational athletics were also outlined and explained. Early phase throwing mechanics vs late phase throwing mechanics were then analyzed in context of these patterns for both the right and left handed thrower. 

Testing parameters, mechanical tendencies and treatment guidelines were offered for each of the three identified rotational patterns. From there, training recommendations were provided, depending on when the throwing mechanics tend to break down. Training activities were provided for faulty early phase throwing for the right hander, late phase throwing for the right hander, early phase throwing for the left hander and late phase throwing for the left hander. 

All in all, it was a great weekend of working with my good friend and colleague Allen Gruver on enhancing both throwing and hitting performance using principles of respiration, neurology and sound movement mechanics. The attendees all seemed to appreciate the opportunity to learn and practice all of our testing, treatment and training ideas for the right and left handed baseball athlete. 


Posted January 21, 2016 at 3:27PM
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A big thank you to Lonnie, Jeff, Thomas and everyone at the Cleveland Indians organization for being such generous hosts this weekend. Arranging to feed the entire course a great breakfast and a great lunch in their dining facilities on both days was going above and beyond the call of duty. The food and kindness they shared with us added to the world-class hospitality PRI has come to appreciate from the Cleveland Indians.

I discussed the rib cage mechanics and also the pelvic and hip mechanics needed to correctly move the human body through both the early stance and late stance phases of normal gait and then Allen applied these gait principles to the art of understanding pitching and hitting mechanics for a right and left hander. The slow motion video analysis helped attendees analyze movement and sequencing faults that begin to unfold during the very important Stride to Cocking phases of pitching and then to understand how these problems can influence later phase baseball performance. The connection between these early phase problems and problems that show up later during Acceleration, Deceleration and Follow-through were discussed in great detail. 

Allen went on to do a great job helping the group understand how alternating reciprocal shoulder, arm, and wrist movement in three planes drives alternating reciprocal thorax and rib cage movement for baseball performance. The group was able to take what they already understand about pitching and hitting and expand upon it as they analyzed dynamic rib cage and thorax posture. Its always amazing to see a group of seasoned baseball professionals re-evaluate how they look at throwing and hitting mechanics after giving them an expanded view of the thoracic requirements and also the pelvic requirements for both the right and left handed baseball athlete. 

Posted November 25, 2015 at 2:36PM
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A big thank you to Ken Crenshaw of the Diamondbacks and the amazing minor league and major league staff for being such great hosts once again at the beautiful Salt River Fields. Ken, you and Ryan really made me feel special when you showed up in your Larry Legend socks and then presented me with the Celtics shooting shirt. You didn't have to do that, (but I'm glad you did). Hand on the heart for the '86 C's. I always feel like a first class guest when you bring us in and we at PRI are honored to be a part of the performance equation in your organization.

Grateful to have Skip George and Kentaro Ishii in attendance as Skip finalizes his preparations to take the lead as an instructor for this course in 2016 and as Kentaro translates the Postural Respiration manual into Japanese for further expansion of PRI into Japan. You two are first class professionals, capable peers and will be fantastic instructors for this institute. It was a pleasure to have you both there.

As a class, we explored the space across the back of the thoracic cavity and discussed the autonomic nervous system response as related to rib cage position and airflow. We talked about moving the ribs into a full state of internal rotation with the lower ribs moving down, moving in and retracting back into a state called Zone of Apposition. 

We talked about the spinal, pelvic, rib cage, airflow and abdominal requirements for good diaphragmatic breathing and also the common compensations seen when these requirements are not met. A lot of time was spent visualizing the tri-planar motion of the rib cage "egg" as related to the abdominal/pelvic "egg" and vise-versa. This allowed us to see the diaphragm as a prime mover for alternating reciprocal gait and tri-planar human performance. What a great weekend with a room full of great professionals. 

Posted November 18, 2015 at 10:23PM
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Kristen Neisler, PT, ATC and the staff at Novacare were great hosts for a great weekend in Chicago. Sue Walsh, DN, Med, ATC, EMT, PRT from DePaul University joined me in presenting PRI’s flagship course, the one and only Postural Respiration. Sue’s experience incorporating PRI into athletic performance and sports medicine made her a valuable resource to the course attendees working in similar environments.
As a group, we worked to keep our focus on two or three key themes throughout the weekend. First, it was made clear that balanced rib movement in all three planes is the key to unlocking the power of the respiration system. Second, we discussed the role the respiratory system played in unlocking the obviously powerful and always relevant nervous system. And then we discussed the relationship between diaphragm posture and core lumbar spine alignment and the value of keeping the diaphragm properly positioned as the rib cage above the diaphragm counter-rotated in the other direction for rotational performance.
Thank you Josh Hostetler, HKC, BS for coming all the way from Cincinnati to help “keep it real”. Your description of left Zone of Apposition and left posterior mediastinal expansion while attempting right trunk rotation was about as straight forward and good as it gets. “Just dive down and in on the left below the diaphragm (with good breathing) as you bring the cage around to the right above the diaphragm”. Love the simplicity. And thank you Avis Leung, PT for helping us all see human scoliosis when we looked closely at the Left AIC/Right BC pattern. You were a great addition to a very interesting and fun group of professionals. It has been fun to watch the growing enthusiasm for PRI in and around Chicago over the last 3-5 years. 


Posted November 12, 2015 at 2:46PM
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A big thank you to Ron, Joe, Mike and all the gang at the Tampa Bay Rays organization for being such generous hosts this weekend. Tropicana Field was a great place to hold the PRI Integration for Baseball course and it was great to be in the company of such great people with a passion for learning and practical application.

Allen and I taught phases of normal human gait during the introduction and then applied these gait principles to the art of understanding pitching and hitting mechanics for the rest of the course. The slow motion video really helped attendees analyze what is expected for both a right-handed player and a left-handed player during Stride to Cocking phases and also Acceleration to Follow-through phases. It was refreshing for the group to note the similarities between body requirements for pitching and body requirements for hitting, right down to scapular, humeral, forearm and wrist performance.

Allen again did a fantastic job helping the group understand how alternating reciprocal arm movement in three planes drives alternating reciprocal thorax and rib cage movement for baseball performance. The group was able to take what they already understand about pitching and hitting mechanics and expand upon it as they analyzed dynamic rib cage and thorax posture. It was great to see a group of baseball and movement professionals get excited about looking at throwing and hitting mechanics through a different lens. Pun intended Heidi

Posted November 5, 2015 at 2:22PM
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October was a great month for several reasons, but one of the highlights was the opportunity to speak at the 2015 PTWA Annual Conference held in Bellevue Washington. This well-orchestrated event featured 16 courses in 8 specialty areas over 3 days. 

It was my pleasure to be a keynote speaker presenting Postural Respiration as a pre-conference one day mini course to all attendees. We spent a lot of time describing diaphragm function, airflow patterns and rib mechanics. Both breathing and movement principles were discussed in context with the left AIC/right BC pattern and manual and non-manual treatment suggestions were offered. The group was appreciative of the material and very engaging throughout the presentation. 

It has been exciting to see the growing interest in the science of Postural Restoration throughout the Northwest. Thank you Physical Therapy Association of Washington for the opportunity to be involved with this year's conference. It was an honor to spend time with such great people who are part of an obviously great organization. 

Posted October 22, 2015 at 7:00PM

This past weekend I had a Physical Therapy student in my Myokinematic Restoration course in Salem, OR. Jed was kind enough to write up his perspective on the course for this week’s course in review.

"I am a current DPT student who just finished my first PRI course, Myokinematic Restoration in Salem, Oregon. James Anderson taught an amazing class and shared a story I could relate to. He talked about how he quit therapy after graduating PT school and how the science of PRI brought him back into the clinic. I'm finishing my first clinical rotation right now and I felt the same way just last week. My CI was treating a patient and I thought to myself, do I really want to do this the rest of my life? It seems so mundane, if its short stretch it, if its weak strengthen it. There was no interest in knowing why dysfunction is happening. I was told I'd drive myself crazy trying to figure out the why. It didn't seem like real science. Is this gonna be my life, stretching this and strengthening that and never knowing why other than its short or weak. I thought about abandoning my quest to be a PT.
James Anderson's presentation of Myokinematic Restoration was just what I needed. My faith in physical therapy is restored. PRI is engrossed in knowing the why. This course was one of the most interesting and educational experiences of my life and I am forever thankful I had the opportunity to attend. I can't wait to take my next course, Postural Respiration, in February. This non-traditional way of treating patients is going to set me apart from my classmates and up for success in the future."
-Jed Mazion SPT

Posted October 8, 2015 at 3:02PM
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I recently had the opportunity to travel to Kelowna, British Columbia to present at the Okanagan Strength and Conditioning Conference at the University of British Columbia. Hosts Chris Collins and Greg DuManoir did a great job putting on a wonderful 3 day performance conference, that included a day 1 pre-conference VIP package and 2 days of amazing speakers and breakout sessions. 

I one of 2 presenters invited to speak in the pre-conference session, where he introduced basic principles of PRI and conducted a clinical evaluation and also discussed fundamentals of program planning. My keynote address the next morning was "Realizing Tri-Planer Athletic Performance through the Respiratory Diaphragm" and an afternoon full group lab session where principles of evaluation and treatment were demonstrated. 

All in all, it was a world class event that is clearly gaining a strong reputation in Canadian Performance circles and beyond, because of all the work put into the event by its hosts.  Thanks again Chris and Greg for helping to make this year's conference an amazing success! 

Posted August 6, 2015 at 9:40PM

Enjoyed a beautiful weekend in South Florida with Jason Robey, MS, CSCS ATC, PRT and the athletic training staff at The University Miami. Jason’s experience and success with PRI in athletic performance at the university clearly paved the way for this group, making them very open to the material I was presenting. Besides having him as a lab assistant, it was great to have his help answering questions and guiding the discussion for so many new course attendees.

Myokinematic Restoration is a great course because of its attention to body position, not only for bones and joints, but especially for the muscles of the pelvic girdle and lower extremities. A positional assessment of proximal and distal muscle attachments on the right vs left sides of the body were related to the common asymmetry of the human body, a pattern called the left AIC pattern. These relationships were discussed and studied using a muscle coloring exercise and time was spent comparing the bias and the restriction in each plane for each muscle based on these positions. All of this was studied in context with stance and swing phase of the gait cycle and related to ambulatory function.

Besides position, there were other key concepts that guided our thinking throughout the weekend. We talked about compensatory hip movement patterns and compensatory hip pathologies. We talked about the need for ligamentous muscle to stabilize a hip joint when capsuloligamentous laxity destabilizes it. We talked about acetabular hole control in three planes and what is required of the AF joint during different phases of the gait cycle. We came to appreciate the muscles that oppose the left AIC pattern and muscles that make up for the ligamentous laxity on a pathologically lax hip joint. We talked about the specific planes that are the most necessary for each one of the hip rotator muscles on both the right and left sides of the body. All In all, it was a great weekend putting muscles in their proper context to help us all do a little better job balancing human performance.

Posted July 21, 2015 at 3:27PM
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