Impingement and Instability, West Yorkshire, UK. We had a fantastic international group gathered at Leeds University for Europe's first installment of the secondary level course Impingement and Instability. A big thank you to Martin Higgins, PRC for all his help hosting this course and for nurturing the science of PRI in the U.K. and across Europe. We had chiropractors from Germany, Pilates teachers from Switzerland, Physiotherapists from Ireland, Athletic Trainers from America traveling with international groups in Europe, and osteopaths, physicians, physiotherapists, chiropractors, sports therapists, strength coaches and personal trainers from all different parts of England.
It was refreshing to address such a diverse audience from so many different places with such varying backgrounds. As a group, we came together to really appreciate the lateralizing influence of asymmetrical body systems on human performance. We evaluated the 3 planes of performance, with special attention on the frontal plane. This appreciation for counter acting the lateralized human system gave us an edge understanding instabilities across the calcaneus, femur, ilium and scapula. Non manual and manual techniques were explored in context with these areas of instability, with a focus placed on getting patients and clients up on their feet. Breathing, gait and management of neurological reference centers were central themes throughout the course.
In the end, this group demonstrated a strong passion and a willingness to learn and apply advanced PRI principles in spite of their backgrounds. It was fun to see experienced professionals reconsider previously adopted ideas about biomechanics and movement and be open to new ways of evaluating things. Their willing hearts and minds made this course especially enjoyable for an educator who has become accustomed to teaching professionals in the US who are not usually as willing to cross boundaries outside their particular professions so easily. Thank you all for your welcome mentality and for the European hospitality you all so graciously showed me. Cheers!