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Blog Posts in 2015

After spending an amazing weekend in Boston, its clear that Art Horne and the Boston Sports Medicine Performance Group are in a class of their own when it comes to hosting a sports medicine and performance symposium. The quality of the experience for this year's Summer Seminar and the attention to detail was as good as it gets for both attendees and presenters. 

I was humbled to be invited to deliver both a keynote address on realizing tri-planar performance through the respiratory diaphragm and a breakout session where I talked about the relationship between the foot and ankle and the thorax. My keynote address followed Dr. Robert Sapolsky, one of the world's leading neuroscientists from Stanford University, who spoke on the topic of Stress, Disease and Coping. The other two keynote speakers were from England, Al Smith, a performance consultant for UK Sport World Class System and Dr. Vincent Walsh, a professor of human brain research at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London. 

Besides a host of great breakout sessions, we were all able to experience a group round table discussion with the Canadian National Basketball Performance Team. The group consisted of Sam Gibbs, Head Therapist, Charlie Weingroff, Strength and Conditioning Lead, Roman Fomin, Senior Scientist, Marc Bubbs, Sports Nutrition Lead and Jason Meehan, Assistant Therapist. Another certified PRI therapist, Allen Gruver, presented one of the breakout sessions on the topic of alternating and reciprocal thoracic integration for the overarm athlete.  

I was able to travel to Boston with my wife Karen.  We had a great time looking at the eclectic architecture of Boston on our way to Fenway Park and riding bikes as we followed the Freedom Trail.  We really enjoyed an impromptu VIP tour of the old Boston Arena thanks to Mike McKenney, Asst. Athletic Trainer at Northeastern University.

All in all it was an amazing weekend that adds to the many reasons I love Boston. Thanks again, Art Horne, I'm looking forward to the BSMPG Summer Seminar 2016.

Posted May 20, 2015 at 11:32AM
Categories: Clinicians

Sophia Lynn Rappl was born on Monday, May 20th! She weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces and was 20 1/4 inches long.

Bobbie and  family (including big sisters Addalyn & Ella, and big brother Owen) are doing great! We look forward to Bobbie's return part-time in a few months, and in the meantime we will enjoy their occasional visits and photos!

Posted May 20, 2015 at 8:50AM

We are excited to announce that several PRI courses have been approved for CEU's by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Association (CSCCa) Education Board! Listed below are the courses which have been approved, and the number of CEU's awarded for each course.

Myokinematic Restoration (live) - 7.5 CEU's
Postural Respiration (live) - 7.5 CEU's
Pelvis Restoration (live) - 7.5 CEU's

Myokinematic Restoration (home study) - 7.5 CEU's
Postural Respiration (home study) - 6.25 CEU's
Pelvis Restoration (home study) - 6 CEU's

Impingement & Instability - 7.5 CEU's
PRI Integration for Baseball - 7.5 CEU's

In addition, Strength and Conditioning Coaches (with SCCC Certification through the CSCCa) are eligible for the Postural Restoration Trained (PRT) credentialing process. If you have any questions, please email me!

Posted May 19, 2015 at 2:41PM
Categories: Courses

PRI Integration for the Home in Seattle, WA June 13-14 has been confirmed, the early registration date has been pushed back two weeks. To recieve the early registration rate of $445 be sure to register before May 29th. Click here to register.

Posted May 18, 2015 at 3:33PM
Categories: Courses

The second quarter PRC/PRT Update email was sent out yesterday. Please check your emails, and if you did not receive it, please email me to let me know! Also, if you are having trouble opening the links to attached documents in the email, it may be due to your email server blocking them for security purposes (this has occurred with a couple work/university domain emails). If this is happening, please contact me with a different email address that I can re-send the email to. Have a great weekend!
 

Last weekend I had the pleasure of teaching Postural Respiration at the Center for Neurosomatic Studies down in Clearwater, Florida.  I had a great time bringing this cutting-edge material to a group of eager and interested professionals.  My hosts Randall Clark LMT, BS and Kevin Wade LMT were more than kind and really rolled out the red carpet.  Thanks guys for a great weekend of fun and learning!

Posted May 15, 2015 at 10:54AM
Categories: Courses

James Anderson will be a keynote presentor at the 2015 Boston Sports Medicine and Performance Group Summer Seminar May 15-16, 2015. James will be presenting on "Realizing Tri-Planer Performance through the Respiratory Diaphragm" in his keynote talk, his breakout session is "The Lateralized Foot and Ankle Pattern and the Pronated Left Chest". Good luck James!

Posted May 14, 2015 at 10:17AM

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!

"Extension Powered People: Managing Self-Efficacy Through Integration"

Our 7th Annual Interdisciplinary Integration Symposium on April 16-17, 2015 brought together eight speakers from six different disciplinary perspectives who shared their expertise and experience on working with people who are driven to exceed, excel and excite at the expense of overextending their psychological and physiological systems.  The speakers reflected on the behavior of “extension powered people” and discussed and demonstrated operational treatmenst and intervention concepts and guidelines to reduce self-induced “need” for autonomic force.

Click HERE to view a slideshow of the speakers.

Posted May 11, 2015 at 3:23PM
Categories: Courses

I had the opportunity to attend the PRI Integration for the Home class in Bismarck, ND on May 2-3 taught by James Anderson.  Given my current patient caseload of approximately 50% home health patients and the remaining 50% in an outpatient setting, it was an excellent and immediately applicable course with my patients.  The class itself is useful for both first-time PRI attendees and veteran students and PRC clinicians.  The course started with an updated and concise review of PRI principles in an easy to read, narrative form.  It is a well-written summary of the left AIC and right BC pattern, respiration, alternating gait, and neutrality.  James does a good job of clarifying many difficult topics and as usual, is engaging and entertaining.  The assessment section outlines several new tests that are easily performed with the geriatric population in a seated or sidelying position, identifying their ability to reciprocally rotate their ribcage and identifying the position of the pelvis and torso.  As many PRI clinicians know, it can be difficult to position our older patients to properly assess position with standard PRI tests.  The seated tests remove those obstacles, allowing the clinician to identify position and the ability of the patient to find and feel the variety of reference centers.  Included in the assessment portion of the class is an excellent summary of the influence of the left AIC pattern on the foot and ankle.  Among the new tests is the Seated Eversion with Hip Abduction Test, which is an assessment of the ankle strategies on one lower extremity compared with the other.  The class then included specific non-manual techniques used to address alternating reciprocal movements, restoration of ZOA, and activities to restore left and right leg function to improve bed mobility, transfers, balance, and gait function.  The class manual includes over 80 pages of new and updated exercises for the geriatric population in numerous positions with simplified instructions using a geriatric model.  Overall, this was a great class for clinicians working with patients of any age.  While the class is targeted towards the senior population, the techniques are applicable to all patients.  The clear benefit is the modification of some exercises to improve ease for the patients.  I highly recommend this course for all clinicians who are passionate about the PRI science.       

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