Posts by James Anderson

Santa Cruz) Myokinematic Restoration.  Had a fantastic weekend with a dynamic group of rehab, medical, performance and fitness professionals in the beautiful Paradigm Sport facility in Santa Cruz, California. Thank you Joey Wolfe for hosting such a great weekend and for making us all feel so welcome at Paradigm Sport. First Class all the way.

And thank you to Julie Blandin and Caleb Chiu for their work as lab assistants and clinical PRI experts, having done such a great job answering questions and guiding attendees through proper testing and exercise technique during the lab portion of the course.

As a group, we found ways to overcome the two key barriers to moving into the left hemisphere of human performance: (barrier #1) unexhaled air and (barrier #2) overactive polyarticular muscle chains. We did this with exhalation movement techniques that used the left hamstrings and left adductor and also the left abdominals (via left rib internal rotation) to help lateralize athletes to the left side. Securing left hip stability with "ligamentous muscle" then helped hold an athlete on the left side without requiring undue compensation.

The California Coast is quickly catching PRI fever and we're more than grateful to support the process. I'm already looking forward to the next trip.

This statue showed up after a great dinner at Hula's Island Grill. He made himself known after Julie, and Maureen and I discussed PRI Integration for Fitness and Movement all evening. We thought seeing this statue was a message from the universe that reminded us that single leg performance on the left leg was a big deal. Haha. 

Posted January 29, 2015 at 2:55PM

I welcomed the opportunity to have one of the attendees from last weekend's PRI Integration for Baseball course write up a course review. Steve Smith, Major League Physical Therapist for the LA Dodgers did a wonderful job summarizing the course in his review. Be sure to check out his write up, titled "Top 5 Reasons Why PRI Integration for Baseball Is As Good As It Gets." Check it out HERE!

Posted January 8, 2015 at 8:23PM
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Clearwater Florida (PRI Integration for Baseball). A wonderful weekend in the Sunshine State talking all things baseball. A big thank you to James Ready and Chris Mudd of the Philadelphia Phillies organization for being such gracious hosts in a great facility. In addition to the room full of world class baseball training professionals, Allen and I were blessed to have both Jennifer and Chris Poulin in attendance to help lab assist. They were great additions to both the baseball assessment test lab and the baseball integrative treatment lab.

Allen Gruver did an excellent job once again breaking down each phase of throwing and the potential pathomechanics for both a right and left handed player in the presence of the Left AIC/Right BC Pattern. The same detail was applied to phases of hitting and his demonstration and instruction for each phase was complemented by slow motion video clips that really gave the attendees a nice visual learning experience. I expanded on Allen's work by discussing three different patterns of potential rib cage compensation for the overarm rotational athlete in the presence of the Left AIC Pattern. We concluded the course by outlining specific testing parameters and treatment recommendations for each of these three presentations and then provided training recommendations for the right and left handed stride through cocking phase and the right and left handed acceleration through deceleration and follow through.

After our two day course, there was a lot of excitement for the third day, called PRI Vision Integration for the Baseball Player. Thank you Heidi Wise and Ron Hruska for coming to Florida and allowing our material to complement the great work you are doing with PRI Vision. The feedback on the third day has been fantastic, noting that the PRI Visual Concepts in Baseball, the PRI Vision Integration Performance Tests and the PRI Vision Integration Techniques were easy to understand and powerful to use. Thanks Heidi for coming home to Florida and doing what you do best.

Posted December 3, 2014 at 3:51PM

We had a fantastic weekend in Scottsdale at Salt River Fields with the staff of The Arizona Diamondbacks and large room full of passionate baseball professionals. A big thanks to Ken, Ryan, Nate, Neil, Andrew and all the rest for making us feel so welcome once again. Your level of professionalism, humility and innovation as an organization continues to amaze me. It was an honor to work together in the development and presentation of this course with one of the most proficient clinicians in performance and advanced biomechanics I've ever met, Allen Gruver, PT, ATC, CSCS, PRC. Since his days as my student intern 14 years ago, Allen has challenged my thinking and helped me analyze the details of the asymmetrical human machine more than just about anyone else.

I was especially grateful for all the first time attendees in this course and the opportunity to present basic PRI principles and also principles of baseball integration to a fresh audience. You are why we developed this material and a big part of why the weekend was so great. Thanks for your interest in PRI and the way we approach the patterned baseball athlete. I hope we can be supportive of your learning process if you choose to take further PRI courses, but hope you feel like you've been given enough material to have success with baseball athletes if you choose not to. It was a great experience developing this material for you guys and rewarding for Allen and I to put something together that has the potential to benefit both the new and the experienced PRI clinician.


Posted November 20, 2014 at 7:11PM
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I enjoyed a great weekend enhancing performance through the integration of neurologic reference centers in Salem, OR. We looked at the wonderful human system of asymmetrical systems and worked to help lateralize all things toward the left. I also met two wild and crazy Australians, Craig Ambler (the good looking red head) and Mark Barclay (the more mature looking one) all the way from Wagga Wagga, New South Wales. Mark, Craig told me to say both of those things. These guys rented a bright yellow muscle car they could barely control and then struggled to drive on the left side of the car while they negotiated the car down the right side of the road. "How is it that you Americans get away with driving on the wrong side of the road?" "How is it that you Australians get away with driving on the wrong side of the car?" Two Aussies from the rural Outback trying to drive an American Muscle Car on the wrong side of the road. Can you imagine? We thought it fitting that our group picture was taken with these two Aussies who were having a hard time sitting in the left half of a muscle car they could barely control (sounds very Impingement & Instability to me). And Jen Poulin, PT, PRC, I know this story isn't exactly the proverbial "Yellow VW Bug" story you tell so well, but I thought it was great that the muscle car was yellow. And a big thank you to my good friends Raulan Young, MPT, PRC and Tara Osborne, DPT, PRC for coming all the way from Idaho to spend a weekend with PRI Neurology. It was good to have both of you there. And by the way, Craig and Mark, I think we're the ones driving on the wrong side of the road!

Posted November 13, 2014 at 8:01PM
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What a great weekend in one of my favorite states, North Carolina teaching the PRI Integration for the Home course! I can't decide if it was the beautiful fall weather or just the beautiful people and that Carolina hospitality that make coming to this area so special. Thank you Craig Kerbo for all your tireless efforts making this course happen and for being such a gracious host. And thank you to my good friend and PRI faculty member, Jen Poulin, PT, PRC for joining me as the lab assistant. We were blessed with a great mix of brand new clinicians and also PRI experienced therapists, including 4 PRC's! The focus was on breathing and alternating reciprocal gait, with special attention given to inhibiting the Left AIC to maximize left stance time and to improve balance to decrease risk of falling. Saturday evening several of us enjoyed a nice evening in downtown Greensboro and were happy to find the statue of General Nathan Greene, because he is likewise focused on maintaining Left AIC inhibition longer in late left stance to optimize his gait.

Posted October 29, 2014 at 6:27PM
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It was fantastic to be back in Salem for another great PRI Integration for the Home seminar with the awesome staff from First Call Home Health. Thank you Jacob Mullin for hosting another fantastic course experience and once again, thank you for the yummy FroYo. I can't get enough of that stuff. You always treat me so well. I was honored to teach the affiliate information to your staff, but was equally blessed to have learned so much myself from their insights because so many of the group have extensive experience with PRI and with the Home Integration material. Mellet, I was especially impressed with your commitment to mediastinal expansion to obtain and then maintain a Zone of Apposition with each of your patients. Your commitment to sagittal plane integration early in all of your patient programs taught us all which plane holds the key to frontal and transverse success with PRI. Thanks for treating these geriatric home health patients like the athletes they really are. #PRIHomeIntegration #EveryAthleteGrowsOld. 

Posted October 16, 2014 at 10:02PM
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A big thank you to Jesse Geffon and the Cirque Du Soleil Performance Medicine staff for hosting a wonderful weekend of Postural Respiration. With attendees as far away as Louisiana, Virginia, and Hawaii, Vegas proves it can bring em' in from far and wide. And a big thank you to Julie Blandin, PRC for being my excellent lab assistant and for bringing the dangerous trio of Sarah, Sarah and Mo. They were great!

The emphasis on posterior mediastinal performance and 3-D thoracic neutrality really resonated with this group. The concepts began with a strong neurological emphasis on Saturday morning and all the dialogue and group comments throughout the weekend helped keep us there. Thank you Mike Cantrell, MPT, PRC for connecting your Seattle Postural Respiration class with our Vegas class on Sunday morning. It's always great to hear from you. And thank you Las Vegas for making me feel back at home once again!

Posted October 2, 2014 at 2:11PM
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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
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Had another fantastic weekend in Beantown with Art Horne and the fantastic group at Northeastern University teaching Myokinematic Restoration. What a thrill to stand at the front of a theatre type lecture hall with over 50 brilliant professionals who were so dialed into the science of PRI. Loved meeting the strength staff from Harvard University and getting a feel for the passion and commitment to excellence had by @IronCrimson. You guys were a welcome addition to the passionate crowd we already enjoy there in Boston.

Also grateful for all three of my lab assistants, Donna Behr, Chris Poulin and Michal Niedzielski All the great feedback from the class confirms that you guys are every bit as good as expected. Michal, your physics calculation on the extra Newtons of rotational force available to the young girl with full hip rotation vs the restricted girls was phenomenal. And the tweet of the weekend has to go to you Art Horne (@BSMPG_1) when you sent out this gem: "Don't Internally Rotate until U Approximate, least U Compensate".  #BOOM!

Posted August 6, 2014 at 3:00PM
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