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Blog Posts in June 2016

Hannah and I travled to Baltimore last week for the 2016 NATA Convention. We were able to talk to over 500 ATCs! It's so exciting to see PRI grow so much in the last couple years. Many people came up to us and said they had heard about us from blogs, different confrences or videos. We look forward to continue to grow with ATCs!

Posted June 30, 2016 at 8:59AM

Recent course question: Is the Asymmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex (ATNR) ever fully integrated, or is it constant presence throughout our lives?

The ATNR typically is inhibited by the age of 3.5 years. However when a lack of alternating head, trunk and appendage movement occurs, because of visual, auditory or tactile sensory orientation that reinforces homo-lateral movement, the retention of this primitive reflex can have an impact on behavioral formation of the body on rotation indefinitely.

Some of the retained symptoms include postural imbalance when the head is turned, difficulty in cross pattern movement of the trunk where one arm needs to move toward the controlled leg, hand-eye coordination difficulty over focus attention of the visual system, visual perception difficulties, cognitive learning challenges, excessive wrist and ankle tone visually on the right side, and bilateral functional integration difficulties in general.

The ATNR, like other reflexes that are considered to be associated with vision can be triggered or stimulated reflexively to some degree anytime in life when bilateral or alternating function is challenged by over referencing homo-lateral anti gravitational or positional strategies.

Posted June 29, 2016 at 1:11PM

Nashville!   Home of the Grand Ole Opry!  I spoke at the Professional Hockey Athletic Trainers Society annual conference, teaching Postural Respiration to PT's and ATC's.  The Gaylord Opryland Hotel was the venue and over 60 participants were on hand to hear PRI's flagship course.  The Gaylord is a palace and I was treated like a king; Especially by the host site coordinators Natalie Grant and Anita Ramsay.  Day one was spent speaking to concepts of asymmetry, polyarticular chains and the diaphragm and day two explored manual and non manual techniques for management of the professional hockey athlete.  I cannot thank enough my assistants Jamie Jaros Lochner DPT, PRC, Louise Kelly DPT, PRC and Kevin Neeld MS, CSCS, PRT for all of their valuable help they provided in labs and in Q and A.   I wouldve been totally lost without them!  I am looking forward to continuing this exploration with PHATS (pronounced P-hats) as they continue through the world of PRI.  THANKS AGAIN my close hockey friends!  

Posted June 29, 2016 at 10:12AM
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Recently, I got to teach the PRI Fitness & Movement course to a private group of attendees. Each time I get to speak and share this information I get jazzed up.  It is exciting to hear feedback after the course! The course is very applicable and is a good course to help tie concepts of PRI together and it teaches principles to apply easily in various settings. After the course, some of the attendees comments were  "I really enjoyed the course, and it was was great information which needs to be shared with professionals working in athletic performance", "very applicable course which helped me understand how to apply PRI principles in my settings more than any other course",  "loved the discussion around breathing and gait", "totally enhanced my perspective of pillar strength and incorporating more core work into my programming". My favorite comment actually was a text message I received the next day from an attendee that said "my obliques and glutes are so sore!" - I think those are pretty good muscles to know you worked in a weekend of continuing education!
All and all, it is wonderful to help PRI nation grow and help people connect with the science better.  I felt especially good walking away from this course because this group was full of very high-level thinkers and I know they have taken A LOT of other courses! Though it was a smaller group, each attendee seemed very engaged with the material presented!
This course continues to evolve and truly gets better each time I teach it. We were able to discuss various breathing patterns and tie in important gait muscles into various upright fitness movements and continue to emphasize three dimensional training principles. 

Only 3 courses left for 2016!! Early registration for the August course at EXOS will end soon and there are some seats left! Register under Affliate Courses

Also we are looking for host sites for 2017 so let us know if you are interested! Next year we should be able to start teaching internationally! #prination #needtogetapassport 😊

Posted June 29, 2016 at 8:57AM
Categories: Courses

There's a change coming...

The storm of change has blown across our conference table at the Institute (as evidenced by the sea of journal articles strewn in its wake). Jen Platt, Jen Poulin and I are on a mission, and with the help of our other faculty members, we are revising and updating the Myokinematic Restoration manual, power point and class. So....hunker down and brace yourselves and when the storm passes, enjoy the blue skies, tranquil calm and fresh smells of the new and improved Myokinematic Restoration class!

Posted June 27, 2016 at 10:14AM
Categories: Courses Science

This is the first video of a series that Ron will be doing on questions that course attendees have asked during courses. Each course we have asked the faculty members to write down a question that was asked so that we can help you grow your knowledge with some topics that can be tough to grasp. Ron will be doing these videos and written responses weekly.

Posted June 21, 2016 at 3:49PM

Are you attending the 67th Annual National Athletic Trainers’ Association Clinical Symposia & AT Expo in Baltimore, MD?

Be sure to stop by the PRI Booth in the expo hall  (booth #7116) to see Hannah and Matt. We will be giving away prizes along with a coupon card that can be used for 10% off of a primary course!

Posted June 21, 2016 at 11:43AM

Ryan Holleman and the staff at NC State outdid themselves once again, hosting a course that became more of an event than a course because of the high quality of everything they did all weekend. We had plenty of space on the very open and very comfortable Club Level of the beautiful Carter-Finlay Stadium, home of Wolfpack Football. There were over 60 attendees in the course, but it only seemed like about 25 because everything was so nice and because the course attendees were so great. Thank you Ryan, Murph and all the rest of the NC State folks for being such great hosts and for making such a supportive and professional #statement.

Since we all had such an awesome view of the 60,000 seats in Carter-Finlay Stadium, we started the day talking about the influence of the roughly 20,000 diaphragm contractions we experience per day. These persistent and consistent breaths directly affect the posturing of our core axial frame in three planes and also the size and shape of the pelvic cavity, the abdominal cavity, the cranial cavity and especially the thoracic cavity. It may have even been a segway into one of my favorite jokes about The Police's well known ballad, "Every Breath You Take". You know me, anything to make a memorial point and get a laugh from the crowd.

A big thank you to Kentaro Ishii, MS, ATC/L, PES, CES, PRT for the opportunity to collaborate with you as as you work to translate the course content into Japanese and as we both work together to become better instructors. It is my pleasure to be your mentor and I want to thank you for spending part of your 31st birthday with us before heading back to Kansas City to be with your family. I've known you personally for nearly 9 years now and I must say its an honor to have you as a good friend, a protege and a peer. Thank you for representing PRI so well as we expand our reach and our presence in your home country Japan. Also, thank you to Lisa Mangino, Jennifer Smart, Josh Olinick for your help as lab assistants. I appreciated all the help. North Carolina is one of the areas of the country where PRI has had a strong influence for a long time. In fact, there are rehab professionals in the Raleigh/Durham area who have been a part of this institute nearly since its inception. I think I counted 13 people who have had over 10 courses, many of whom are now certified in PRI as either a PRC or a PRT. It was a great experience presenting this institute's flagship course, Postural Respiration, to such an experienced and PRI savvy group. And I'm especially grateful that so many of them reported that this course gets better and better each time they take it. I hope thats true, because I know I loved getting into all the neurology, the breathing and thorax mechanics and the treatment interventions with such a great group. Thanks North Carolina, I can't wait for our next chance to get together.

Posted June 16, 2016 at 11:45AM

Last weekend I was welcomed in to the Herbert L. Cushing Coliseum by Scott Unruh and Kathy Denning at the Athletic Training Lab. I enjoyed learning about the history and future of athletic education in at UNK as well as working with an enthusiastic group of learners engaged in the science of Pelvis Restoration.

We had an engaged discussion regarding pelvis inhibition as it relates to integration of lower extremities as it relates to a thoracic cage and discussed some key principles of speeding a pelvis treatment paradigm with the consistent use of PRI objective testing. It was my pleasure to meet Stuart Nichols, ATC, a long time friend of our science and helpful agent during the class--we all felt safer with our friendly bouncer on hand! Scott Woodward, PT, ATC and Julie Woodward, PT (day one favorite shirt) along with Jena Christo, PTA and 'young Michelle' Brabec, PTA were among the motivated learners first introduced to the science of PRI last weekend.

Thoughtful questions and spirited involvement was prominent throughout the course. Thank you 'experienced Michelle' Spicka, DPT for your contributions and clinically relevant information about the populations you see. Gail McCorkindale, PT, DPT, ATC and Aaron Wenburg DPT, SCS, CSCS were front row clinicians who brought their A-game to the Pelvis Restoration plate this weekend. Great appreciation for Michael Short, DPT from Ortho Advantage in Dayton, OH for making the trek to Nebraska after learning about PRI in search of treatment techniques on the mystical intertron! Great to meet you and enjoyed your sense of humor throughout the course. Christopher Steege, PT was a champion of attention to detail of each quadrant of facilitation and a fine trivia aficionado in addition! Jed Mazion, SPT, CSCS and Rob Lynde, DPT provided important feedback with integrated thought and kept the speaker on his toes!

Thank you "lights out Wendy" Rickard, DPT for your help and again Scott "inverse truth" Unruh and Kathy Denning for being such gracious hosts! Pelvis Restoration at UNK with this crew was a blast--hope to see each of you down the line!

Quick shout out to the Holiday Inn on 2nd Avenue--fastest indoor waterslide I've been down!

I returned to Boston to Northeastern University to teach Postural Respiration. Nearly 60 professionals present including PT's, ATC's, chiropractors and strength and conditioning specialists learned about the amazing role of the diaphragm. Katie Delude ATC was very helpful in getting the course put together and was a superb host. I was assisted in lab by Michael Mullin ATC, PTA, PRC, Donna Behr PT, MS, DPT, PRC and Louise Kelly DPT, PRC. The group was engaged and very interactive and I was treated to thoughtful questions from folks who were truly interested in understanding how to develop programs to help manage the brachial chain and compensatory patterns like the Superior T-4 syndrome. Thank you to all at Northeastern for your kindness and welcoming attitudes!

Posted June 13, 2016 at 2:22PM
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