I spent the weekend in Phoenix, Arizona for Impingement and Instability, and as expected, the room was full of expert clinicians and expert performance professionals who also turned out to be a lot of fun. Nate from the Arizona Diamondbacks had my number before I even got off the plane because he had seen my home study Myokinematic Restoration course and had some feelings about the “Going Gainesville” story I used in the video. Turns out, he attended the University of Florida and is a first class Gator-lover. After taking a jab at my alma mater, UNLV, and then realizing that I was just as fun as he is, he gave me a wink and asked if I would join him for a picture with his 7½ foot Alligator he just happened to have in his truck. We all decided to give a nod to the U of F and abduct our right hips with our right ab wall and right vastus lateralis for the picture, (even Allen Gruver’s sons can Go Gainesville!).
Our discussion of Reference Center Integration for this course started in the posterior mediastinum with a picture of the thoracic sympathetic ganglia and a demonstration to help us appreciate the problem with the flat thoracic spine and hyperextension postures. It became clear that neurology starts and stops in the posterior mediastinum with thoracic flexion and symmetrical patterns of breathing. I even taught Lance, a student physical therapist a new pick up line for all of his potential girlfriends with a flat thoracic spine/superior T4 syndrome. If the autonomics are overactive toward the sympathetic side of performance, you’ve gotta tell her, “baby, your ganglia are hot!” Someone’s gotta tell her why she’s so extended.