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This weekend was special. I was able to share my passion for posture, breath work and movement with professionals all over the world! Thanks to Zoom and the growing demand for livestream online learning,  James Anderson and I flew into Lincoln, NE to present the PRI Integration for Fitness and Movement course at the Postural Restoration Institute. Through Zoom we shared our material with over a 100 professionals. Four Zoom screens were filled with various movement health and fitness enthusiasts, Personal Trainers, Strength Coaches, Physical Therapists, Athletic Trainers, Chiropractors, and even an Olympic Physician. Countries that were represented included:  Switzerland, Scotland, England, Canada, India, New Zealand, Germany, Ireland, Norway, Portugal, Nova Scotia, Finland, Poland, Iraq, Australian, Denmark, Taiwan, Japan, and others all throughout the United States including Alaska.

I wasn’t sure how the zoom online format would go because traditionally, this class has been very interactive and purposefully designed with several active labs, and its usually in these labs where we walk around and answer questions and help attendees feel new postural relationships. Surprisingly, we still had great interaction with attendees and I was able to coach them in the labs as we demonstrated various exercises and movement patterns. I even got everyone hula dancing to experience frontal plane mechanical relationships. Next time I’ll have to add some fun Hawaiian music and bring a grass skirt for James Anderson to wear :) Formatting this course to be delivered livestream, helped to include more strategic lab experiences that we will be able to bring into future courses.

Did you know that your posture adapts around patterns of how you breathe? Muscle balance and tension patterns reflect the range of motion your diaphragm has available to move. Many people hold unto to unwanted tension in their neck, hip, shoulder, and back muscles all because their diaphragm is poorly positioned and not moving or supported well for their everyday movement demands. This course breaks down components to preserve three dimensional breathing, therefore preserving three dimensional dynamic postural control.

Although the 2021 course schedule is still being finalized, the livestream format for this course will be available next year as well, and we are looking forward to resuming live in person training also!

I absolutely love meeting and connecting to people committed to learning and professional growth. This course allows me to do that with such a diverse crowd committed to understanding human performance and how our human machine moves! I am beyond grateful to see the growing interest in this science and this course specifically. Thousands of hours went into putting this course together to help others on their journey of learning PRI and it makes my heart flutter when I get messages after the course that this course helped them connect the dots and progressed their application of this amazing science. Each time I teach I learn something new by meeting and talking with others. It helps me become a better teacher and I’m so very thankful for these experiences!! Lastly, special thanks to everyone behind the scenes at PRI for helping make these livestream courses available to all! Thank you to RJ, Hannah and Jen for all your work to help make this weekend successful!

Posted September 23, 2020 at 9:03PM
Categories: Athletics Courses Science

Enjoyed a great weekend at the University of Missouri teaching the primary course classic Myokinematic Restoration. This course is essentially an expanded and updated version of my very first PRI course, its the first course I learned to teach as a new Faculty member 20 years ago, with material that continues to mean a lot to the work I do on a daily basis. Thank you to Joe Pope, DPT, PRC for assisting me with the course and helping give all the attendees a great overall experience. Your additional comments from your own experience learning the science of PRI were very valuable and I could tell were much appreciated by course attendees.

The course was taught at the Missouri Orthopedic Institute on South Stadium Drive across the street from the Hearness Center Basketball Arena and diagonally within view of the neighboring Faurot Football Field. Seeing this field brought back a memory from my college days that I may share just because its nice to reflect on the glory days, when Nebraska Football was dominant and we expected to win the National Championship every year. I'm also sharing this memory for those of you reading this who are not old enough to remember what I'm talking about, because its something you should know about.

The #1 ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers rolled into Columbia back in 1997 expecting an easy win and they ended up pulling out a squeaker that has come to be known as "The Miracle in Missouri". If you don't know what I am talking about (or even if you do), you should do an internet search and watch the spectacular (and very lucky) play called the "Flea Kicker". It's a signature memory for Nebraska Football fans in the 1990's and a pivotal reflection point for current fans hoping current Head Coach (and Flea Kicker Quarterback) Scott Frost will take the program back to its glory days. I think Matt Davidson still gets paid to retell the story of that play to anyone who will listen.

Another reason I tell that story is that 1997 was the year I met Ron Hruska. I was a student at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and we had a guest speaker come in one day to teach our physical therapy class about temporomandibular dysfunction. I had no idea at the time that I was listening to a man who would in time have a more dramatic impact on my career than any of the good professors I was being taught by in my current course of study. These professors gave me the fundamentals of joint structure and function, muscle function and general rehabilitation, but I remember wanting so much more in terms of "real-life biomechanics". And it wasn't until Ron presented courses on lumbopelvic and hip dysfunction that I started to feel satisfied thinking through what I thought was really going on.

This Myokinematic Restoration course was my first hook, because it answered questions about biomechanics and human movement that I hadn't even asked myself before meeting Ron. Questions like, "What is the position of the acetabulum relative to the femur on each side and why does it matter?", "What is ligamentous muscle and why is it necessary?", "What is the performance strength of the acetabulum in early stance on the left and in late stance on the right?", "How does the performance strength of the femur relate to the performance strength of the acetabulum?", "What actually is acetabular hole control?", and my favorite,..."What is the function of the obturator internus and what is its role in upright human function?"

All of these questions and more are answered in the current version of the Myokinematic Restoration course. How grateful I am that I was able to consider such important questions so early on in my career and that I, like Matt Davidson, so much later in our careers, still get paid to tell my version of the story to anyone who will listen.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Do you have an interest in learning Postural Restoration but are not sure where to start? Would you like to be more efficient at using the PRI framework to evaluate your clients or patients? If you said yes to either of those, then the Affiliate course for Fitness and Movement is a perfect course for you!

This past weekend, James Anderson and I traveled up the west edge of Illinois to present at Advance Physical Therapy in Quincy. We had a large group with a mix of personal trainers, strength coaches, athletic trainers, football coaches, and physical therapists. For some attendees, this was their first course and then others had attended several previous PRI courses.... And that is the beauty of this course, it has something for everyone and is a good introduction or review of invaluable principles that can transform how we work with our clients, athletes, and patients.

Thank you to PRC Eric Ley, Natalie Stratton and the other Advanced PT owners for supporting their staff’s continuing education. It was a great opportunity to have so many team members at one course all together!

PRI Integration for Fitness and Movement is an advanced course that focuses on helping us look at movement and posture differently while integrating key Postural Restoration principles that promote symmetrical form and balance between the two halves of our axial frame. We are looking at how the ribs, thorax, pelvis and hips work together to empower the diaphragmatic mechanical advantage, optimize spinal relationships and the range of motion of our proximal ball and socket joints.

Here are some comments from this past weekends attendees:

“Great experience for my first PRI course. I feel like I can start looking at my clients posture differently while performing exercises and give more beneficial cues to prevent injury and improve overall function.”

“Absolutely the best explanation of ZOA that I have ever heard”

“I learned so much! The speakers were great and personal”

“Good course. I really took home more than other PRI courses I’ve attended. Speakers broke things down to understand ZOA effectively. I plan to incorporate this course in my current patient’s plan of care.”  

Thanks again to Advance Physical Therapy in Quincy for hosting and coordinating with PRI to have us come out there! Check out the Affiliate course schedule to learn more and get to one of our affiliate courses this year! We have courses coming up in Richmond, VA and Fort Worth TX.

Posted February 21, 2020 at 9:48PM

NEXT LEVEL PT IS HIRING A PHYSICAL THERAPIST

Next Level Physical Therapy, a PRI-focused clinic in Hamilton, New Jersey, is looking to hire a PHYSICAL THERAPIST.

This opportunity is perfect for any PT looking for an ideal treatment environment working nearly exclusively with athletes and active people. For the right PT, this is truly a special work environment:

Amazing Patients:  Our patient population consists primarily of highly motivated athletes (high school/college/professional) and active adults (ages 35-55). We are an out-of-network/cash-based clinic, meaning our patients understand the importance of investing in their health.

One-on-One Sessions:  Our PTs see no more than 6-8 patients/day. All sessions are one-on-one (the average session is one-on-one for an hour).

Work With Other Passionate, Like-Minded PTs:  Collectively, our clinical staff has taken well over 30 PRI courses. We all share similar beliefs and principles when it comes to treatment, and we are always working to improve. We have dedicated time blocked each week for clinical training.

Integrated Strength & Conditioning:  Our clinic features an open area concept with a wide variety of fitness equipment that supports our integration of strength & conditioning principles into the rehab process. All of our PTs have backgrounds as strength coaches.

Multi-Disciplinary Integration:  We have established relationships with a dentist, orthodontist, and optometrist who we refer to and collaborate with regularly for complex cases. We also accompany appropriate patients to a local running store to assist in shoe fittings, and regularly use Dr. Paul Coffin for PRI custom orthotics. 

**For more information about Next Level, visit www.mynextlvl.com

If you would like more information about the opportunity, or think that you may be a good fit, please send a short intro email with your resume to hiring@mynextlvl.com.

Posted February 5, 2020 at 7:54PM
Categories: Athletics Clinicians

 We had a super group of performance professionals come together for this year’s PRI Integration for Baseball course at Salt River Fields in beautiful Scottsdale Arizona. Awesome to have course attendees representing high school, collegiate and professional baseball performance from all parts of the United States, the Dominican Republic and Japan. A big thank you to the Arizona Diamondbacks for the warm hospitality and professionalism in hosting the course. We couldn’t have been treated any better.

PRI Integration for Baseball - Arizona Diamondbacks

I started the first day introducing key PRI principles and concepts for first time attendees and others who are new to the science. Fundamental concepts of performance breathing like Zone of Apposition (ZOA), diaphragm function, abdominal integration and abdominal regulation for breathing and movement were discussed. The Left AIC/Right BC pattern of developmental asymmetry was also introduced and explained, including objective tests used to identify this pattern clinically. We then demonstrated the respiratory changes and the positional orthopedic changes that occur when a Zone of Apposition is restored.

PRI Integration for Baseball - Arizona Diamondbacks

Ben Hagar, DPT, PRC took over on the second half of day one to take us through the mechanics of throwing and hitting. Wind Up, Stride, Cocking, Acceleration and Decceleration/Follow-Through were all discussed, including analysis of slow motion video to break down the movement into functional pieces that were easier to digest. Tendencies in each phase of throwing and hitting were discussed, including the patterned tendencies for a baseball player as a result of their inherent Left AIC/R BC pattern. This understanding of the pattern included the specific early and late phase tendencies for both right and left handed throwers and hitters.  

Positional and rotational performance tests for baseball athletes were provided in the seated position, the quadruped position and upright in standing to help guide diagnosis and treatment. Specific treatments for R BC, Superior T4 Syndrome and Repetitive Rotation Superior T8 patterns were discussed, with the majority of our time and attention being spent on Superior T4 Syndrome, because of its high prevalence in baseball. Ben went on to provide training activities for performance deficits at different phases of throwing and hitting for both right and left handers.

PRI Integration for Baseball - Arizona Diamondbacks

It was an honor to be there with such a super group and again to be able to partner with someone as dynamic as Ben Hagar. He continues to impress me with his understanding of rotational performance and his ability to orchestrate learning and to clarify challenging concepts for large groups in a classroom setting like this. Well done Ben and thank you to everyone in attendance. Your attendance made each one of us a little better.

Posted December 16, 2019 at 9:19PM
Categories: Athletics Courses Science

What a solid group of professionals attended the PRI Integration for Fitness and Movement course this past weekend in Fort Collins, CO.  


 
It was a sold out class! Jam-packed with fitness professionals, DCs, PTs, ATCs and Strength Coaches -  additionally all having a diverse background in PRI – some were VIP newbies attending their first course while others were certified in PRI or had 17-19 PRI courses under their belt. I’m grateful to bring these diverse backgrounds together and offer something for everyone! I was really impressed with how the VIP newbies were catching on to the science so quickly.

This weekend I focused on breaking down our “5 steps” to building core stability and tri-planar movement variability through a PRI lens. Day one focused on sagittal plane organization and obtaining to maintain a symmetrically balanced ZOA on each half of the body. Day two focused on building strength and function with good positioning and grounding, emphasizing unilateral work to keep the axial frame unlocked and integrated for contralateral patterns of rotation – gait, reaching, rotation, throwing, jumping, running. Day 2 emphasized a lot of frontal plane for “functional fitness”- I call the frontal plane, the most neglected plane in many traditional exercises programs. It’s important that people learn how to integrate, program, coach and cue this plane more intentionally to help clients break through plateaus and stay symmetrically balanced.


This course is lab intensive!! And we even got to take lab outside this weekend to enjoy some 80+ degree sunshine midday.  


 
Thank you to our PRC lab assistants - Karen Hoyt and Megan Bollinger. You guys were a big help, thanks for helping me out and guiding attendees to set up and cue positioning better!


Lastly, it was great to have many of the staff members from Rebound Sports and Physical Therapy there in attendance. Thank you all for your hospitality and hosting this weekend!
I think it’s great that a team comes together to learn, grow and collaborate – plus it supports learning and integrating PRI more effectively. Can’t wait to hear how you guys integrate the material over the next few months. I hope to get back to Fort Collins one day – such a cool outdoorsy town and I didn’t get to explore enough of it!
 
Till next year #PRInation! Look out for our 2020 schedule. The Affiliate Courses are a great place to start and refine your practice with PRI.

“So much fun! Engaging. Good mix of presentation and active labs. Great course to start with if you haven’t taken a PRI course before – Loved it” – Dayna Briggs, DPT

“Hands down the most profound and career changing course I have ever attended” – Ali Asadi, NASM CPT, FMS Specialist, TRX Suspension Training, HKC-Russian Kettlebell Instructor, PTA Global CPT, I.F.P.A. CPT, I.F.P.A. Speed and Power Specialist

PRI Integration for Fitness & Movement, Postural Restoration Institute

PRI Integration for Fitness and Movement was presented this past weekend outside of Columbus Ohio at Good Bodies Personal Fitness and Wellness in Dublin. It was powerful to have a smaller group and for all to be reminded of how quickly results can be seen. We discussed key strategies to organize core performance, improve thoracic mobility and assure the abdominals are coordinated to support both the breath and trunk stability. With applying simple cues to empower the breathing system, reposition the diaphragm and thorax, and coach external cues to sense position and the ground, this group saw some powerful results in just 24 hours.

Postural Restoration, PRI Integration for Fitness and Movement

This course had more personal trainers and strength coaches than physical therapists and medical professionals. The group was open to paradigm shifts and exploration to learn some powerful practical principles they can use with their clients and athletes. It was fun to not talk pathology, focus on coaching position, keep it simple and get people moving in new ways. We tried out some new labs and am happy it all turned out successful!

PRI Integration for Fitness & Movement, Postural Restoration Institute

Thank you so much to the Good Bodies team for their fabulous hospitality and openness to explore this science together. I loved their model of teamwork and positive culture and I’m grateful for the opportunity to meet this professional group. Jack, Cheryl, JR, Heidi, Greg, Lisa, Toni and Kris - Thank you all and I hope our paths cross again in the future!

One last course on the schedule for this year: September 28-29, James and I will both be presenting in Fort Collins, Colorado and this class has officially SOLD OUT!

Posted September 5, 2019 at 3:33PM

PRI Integration for Fitness and Movement found its way in the New England Region again last weekend in Boston, MA. The summer heat was hot, but our group was hotter! No for real, they were great troopers sweating through the weekend of jam packed labs! We had great space to utilize at Northeastern University to get some awesome lab time in. Thank you to the rockstar Huskies Sports Medicine and Sports Performance staff for hosting!! Their hospitality and commitment to excellence is evident and we are grateful for them hosting this course!

As a teacher you have to gather insight from multiple dimensions to evaluate the effectiveness of your course, looking into people’s eyes to make she they are following along in lecture,  having side conversations, and then watching how people participate in lab all are factors. This group rocked coaching each other in the labs!! The application seen in the labs was spot on and most fun to watch.  Our labs focus on training the abs and hamstrings to support posture and respiration and how to keep the asymmetrical human design balanced through the axial frame to best support and maintain the shape and function of the diaphragms, thoracic cage, and pelvis. We added some bonus lab time in and got 40 people to sled push for thoracic retraction and grounding and do lateral side stepping and retro stairs rhythmically in sync with one another to unlock the frontal plane.  It was a fun weekend!

 The PRI Integration for Fitness and Movement has a couple courses left for 2019. If you are interested, click here to register! We will be outside of Columbus, Ohio next month and Northern Colorado in September. Additionally, we are looking for host sites for next year! If you are interested, please contact PRI directly to let them know! 

Posted July 22, 2019 at 4:21PM

Jen and I recently returned to the NATA National Convention in Las Vegas for their 70th Annual Meeting! This year we were joined by Hruska Clinic Physical Therapist and PRC, Jason Masek as he presented and contributed to a break out session on the first day of this Conference. We are always humbled by the unique interest voiced by the Athletic Training community and this year in particular, Universities throughout the country. As more and more Student Athletic Trainers, Graduate Assistants, Administrators and Professional Athletic Trainers introduce Postural Restoration concepts to their athletes, the desire to learn more continues to grow within these populations. Many attendees looked forward to taking further course work through the Institute or hosting courses themselves within their programs. Our PRI Japan Faculty was continuously mentioned by the Japanese Athletic Trainers in attendance and the impact that Kenny, Sy, and Takashi had on their peers not only during their time here in the States throughout their foundational years, but also through their Faculty roles as they currently grow PRI Japan, was voiced with high praise.

Jason intorduced our science through the "Prevention of Movement Patterned Conditions Beyond Competitive Years: Asymmetrical Movement Pattern Considerations". He and Jen fielded many questions by those who attended this talk, and led these individuals through a break out session of performing several PRI objective tests and Non-Manual Technique interventions addressing these findings. A special thank you to Mark Cairns, ATC, PRT and Jessica Tidswell, PT, ATC, PRT for their contribution in helping to guide and assist these techniques during this session. This introduction led even more traffic to our booth and many of those who received these concepts for the first time were eager to attend their first course. 

For those of you who were unable to attend but are interested in viewing the concepts Jason presented, his full Handout can be VIEWED HERE. We look forward to the continued growth of #PRINATION within the Athletic Training community and would love to answer any questions you may have!

This past weekend, the Affiliate program got presented in the southern hemisphere as the PRI  integration for Fitness and Movement was hosted in Sydney, Australia!!  I traveled over 10,220 miles (or over 16,447 km) and the very long plane ride across the south pacific was well worth it! Sydney was such a fun city, and it was a pleasure to spend some time with the PRI Australia group.

PRI Integration for Fitness & Movement - NSW Australia

 I am beyond grateful to have had the opportunity to share the PRI science with this area of the world.  It is exciting for me to watch attendees connect to a deeper dimension of PRI because I believe it’s in those deeper dimensions of PRI that the magic happens and gaps are bridged.  Attendees from Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Georgia and various parts of Australia were all represented. Chiropractors, Osteopaths, Physiotherapists, Pilates, Yoga, and Exercise Specialists were all in attendance, with the class being about half and half. Half being exposed to PRI before and the other half were brand new to the science. Needless to say it was a diverse group --- yet all united to learn more about the diaphragm and its influence on posture.

PRI Integration for Fitness & Movement - Postural Respiration

Regardless of credentials and training, this course is enlightening to help us all remember how to program Respiration and Alternating Reciprocal Activity to enhance Tri-Planar performance patterns (i.e “Functional Fitness”)

 We hit the ZOA hard and discussed it’s role in managing hyperactivity and unnecessary muscle tension. The exercises I introduced focused on shaping the ZOA three dimensionally with respiratory abdominals, along with promoting  expansion, movement and flexibility of the ribcage.  I then emphasized the 5 steps of programming for shaping adaptation and better integration for symmetrical compound lifts.

SYMBA Ribcage PRI Integration for Fitness, NSW Australia

  The 5 steps in this course are presented to help create a framework for programming and organizing how exercises are presented to clients and patients. The 5 steps also help in organizing core stability and symmetry from the diaphragm level outward.

PRI Integration for Fitness & Movement - Postural Restoration

PRI Integration for Fitness & Movement - Postural Restoration Institute

I loved seeing the passion and ah-ha moments as attendees connected with the material and got new resources and insights to help progress their clients and patients. I think we will see PRI quickly continuing to grow in this area of the world. Thank you to Mark Obrien and Jason Thomson for hosting. Special thanks to Mark for the hospitality and opening up his brand new facility for us to use. Fit Plus Well is such great hidden gem just south of Sydney. And Jason, thank you for sharing your passion, your insights (nuts, I will always remember your nuts cue) and helping with much of the logistics of the weekend! 

PRI Integration for Fitness & Movement - Postural Restoration Institute - Jason Thomson

My visit to Australia was fun and I hope to get to come back one day! I could definitely live in Sydney - beaches, city and mountains were all right there. Beautiful coastline. Thank you to all who helped organize the event! Cheers!!

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