Athletics

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
Categories: Courses Athletics

James and I had the opportunity to take our first round of pictures recently for the PRI® Fitness and Movement Course. Special thanks to Ryan Holleman and Rob Murphy for their assistance and hospitality. Go Wolfpack!

Our model, Matt, presented in a typical pattern which affects axial skeleton movement and proximal stability (Left AIC, bilateral BC, superior T4). We were able to reconfigure his thorax shape, diaphragm and air flow patterns with about 15 minutes of manual techniques to inhibit polyarticular chains of muscles which were dominant, then we strategically sequenced movement variability with a PRI® principle based workout. No formal correctives or rehab exercises were done. Our workout included modified RDLs, Beckman step ups, back squats, goblet squats, use of various Hammer Strength machines and much more. After nearly 4.5 hours of exercises, we retested Matt and not only did he remain neutral in all three planes both across his pelvic girdle and shoulder girdle, he tested better and was surprised at how good he felt (we did not test during the workout, only post).

Pre workout:   HGIR right 38, left 70. Horz abd right 20, left 10. Add drop right -, left +. Pass FA abd right +, left -. SLR right 75, left 65.

Post workout:  HGIR right 90, left 90. Horz abd right 55, left 60. Add drop right -, left -.  Pass FA abd right -, left -. SLR right 85, left 85.

To learn what we did, we hope to see you at our PRI® Fitness and Movement course this October. Space is limited, so please do not wait to sign up! We are confident PRCs and PRTs will enjoy perspectives presented in this course, as well as new attendees to the PRI® science. Come ready to learn and we will be ready to share some great information! Hope to see you there!

Philadelphia area October 17-18 and San Francisco October 24-25

 

Posted August 13, 2015 at 4:32PM
Categories: Athletics Courses

"Femoroacetabular impingement: Mechanisms, diagnosis and treatment options using Postural Restoration. Part 2" written by Jason Masek, PT, ATC, CSCS, PRC has been published in SportEx. For more information or to purchase a copy of the article, please visit www.sportex.net. To receive 20% off your purchase of the article, you can use the coupon code: 20AUTHOR. Part 3 of this three part series will likely be published in October.

Posted July 14, 2015 at 2:18PM

Two weeks ago, we travelled to St. Louis, MO for the 66th Annual NATA Clinical Symposia & Expo. Matt and I had a great time meeting nearly 600 Athletic Trainers at our PRI booth. There is a lot of excitement for PRI in the Athletic Training field, especially having Evidence Based Practice (EBP) CEUs for Myokinematic Restoration, and more courses to come!

I also had the opportunity to present at this conference for the first time. The topic of my presentation, "The Influence of Pelvis Position on Hamstring Injuries: To Stretch or To Strengthen" drew around 450 people into the room, with standing room only. For those who were unable to get into my presentation, they will have the opportunity to listen to it on the NATA Online CEU Center in the near future. I have also attached my presentation handouts HERE!

Dan Houglum, MSPT, ATC/L, PRC also presented at this year's conference. The title of Dan's presentation was "Asymmetrical Posture and Common Pain Related Syndromes". He also had a nearly full room, with Athletic Trainer's eager to learn more about PRI. Dan is also willing to share his presentation handouts, which I have attached HERE!

Posted July 9, 2015 at 7:59PM
Categories: Athletics Science

This past weekend, Professional hockey was formally introduced to PRI. Over the years, some ATC's, Strength Coaches, and PT's in hockey have found PRI and begun to successfully employ the techniques with their athletes. But, now at the behest of PHATS (Professional Hockey Athletic Trainers Society) and SPHEM (Society of Professional Hockey Equipment Managers), PRI was invited to their annual conference and I formally presented the entry level course, Myokinematic Restoration. The group consisted of 64 Athetlic Trainers and Strength coaches who learned about asymmetries, establishing neutrality, and trouble-shooting some difficult case studies. A big thank you to my two lab assistants, Kentaro Ishii and Kevin Neeld! By the end of the course, smiles and handshakes abounded and I was told to plan on returning next year to teach Postural Respiration. I was honored to work with such a fine group of professionals, and I won't soon forget my time in San Antonio, Texas!!!

Posted June 18, 2015 at 2:53PM
Categories: Athletics Courses

Last month, an article titled "Femoroacetabular Impingement: Mechanisms, Diagnosis and Treatment Options Using Postural Restoration. Part 1" written by Jason Masek, PT, ATC, CSCS, PRC was published in SportEx, a medical journal published in England covering topics of physical therapy and sports medicine. This is Part 1 of a three part series that Jason is authoring for the journal on this topic. For more information or to purchase a copy of the article, please visit www.sportex.net. To receive 20% off your purchase of the article, you can use the coupon code: 20AUTHOR.

CLICK HERE for a sneak peak of the article!

“It doesn’t matter whether you’re an 80-year-old smoker, a 23-year-old Olympian, or a regular, fit guy-odds are the way you’re breathing right now is flooding your body with stress hormones, compromising your joints and mobility, bottlenecking your energy and undermining your performance in the gym and everyday life. Fourteen times a minute, you become a little weaker and a bit duller.

Hruska is on a mission to change that. Step one is understanding how your body is organized.”

Ron Hruska was recently interviewed by Men’s Health along with Bill Hartman and Neil Rampe discussing Postural Restoration, after Trevor Thieme, Senior Editor for Men's Health attended a Postural Respiration course last year. Topics discussed include: optimal breathing and the typical respiration patterns, asymmetry, PRI in pro baseball, and common compensations that can cause neck, back and joint pain.  

The 90/90 hip lift with balloon was shown as a way to get your diaphragm in a position to work correctly, helping you to breathe appropriately and avoid chronic stress which can increase your risk of dementia by 67%, stroke by 59% and diabetes by 45%.

“You can think of neutrality of being functionally symmetrical- the ability to shift your center of gravity from one side to the other, to breathe efficiently with both lungs, and to maintain position of your true core. “Being neutral helps everything,” says All-Star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt. “When I lift, I’m stronger. When I run, I’m faster. It allows me to fully express my power and speed.”

If you haven't already, go out and grab the April 2015 Men’s Health issue and flip to page 144 to read the article, which they refer to as the "#1 Greatest Health Tip Ever!"

The article that originally appeared in the April issue of Men's Health is now online, you can read it here!

Posted March 25, 2015 at 3:21PM

Hello PRI Friends,

I had opportunity to talk about Postural Restoration Institute® (PRI) basic concepts such as posture, breathing, ZOA, polyarticular muscle chains, treatment approaches and so on at NSCA® Japan Area Director Seminar (Kanagawa Prefecture) on March 12th. 

Participants had hard time to understand the concepts at first, however, once they had tried the basic approaches such as 90-90 Hip Lift with Balloon, Supine Scissor Slides, and Left Side lying with Resisted Right Glute Max, they had better understanding, and many people asked me questions after that.

At the end of seminar, I had mentioned about the PRI Japanese seminars this coming July at Tokyo and Osaka, and I am sure that PRI will give great influence to Japanese medical personnel. 

Thank you.

Atsu Takei, ATC, PES, CES, PRT

The weather was beautiful in Phoenix and the Seattle Mariners’ Spring Training complex was as well for Myokinematic Restoration last weekend!  We delved into the challenging subject of human kinetics and the relationship to baseball as well as general athletic performance. The class was eager and excited and I received many notations that read “Wow! This is a real paradigm shift for me!”  Thanks to all the participants in the sessions and a special thanks to Jimmy Southard, Head Minor League Athletic Training Coordinator of the Mariners organization for inviting PRI into his living room!!!  It was the best!!!

Posted January 16, 2015 at 5:45PM
Categories: Courses Athletics

Jason Masek, MSPT, ATC, CSCS, PRC will be presenting at the 2015 NSCA Coaches Conference in Louisville, KY later this week. The title of Jason's presentation is "Positional Influences, Breathing, and Performance: The Utilization of Postural Restoration for the Strength & Conditioning Specialist". Jason's presentation is on Friday, January 9th at 8:00am. If you are attending this conference, be sure to check out Jason's presentation!

Posted January 5, 2015 at 4:39PM
Categories: Athletics Clinicians
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