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    How to Rehab Your Athletes Back to Kipping – Part 1

    A lot of my athletes are coming back from shoulder injuries where they couldn’t kip previously.  This could be after a major surgery like rotator cuff repair or a bad impingement syndrome / tendinopathy that leaves athletes unable to kip. Now, like any other shoulder patient we’ll need to have...
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    2 Easy Ways to Get More From Your Foam Rolling

    I like to use foam rolling a lot to help gain new range of motion for my clients.  It’s fast and easy to do.  It’s also a great option for people who have pain with stretching or at their end range of motion (think shoulder impingement or femoral acetabular...
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    The 10 Best Articles of 2016

    It’s that time of year.  Here are the most popular articles on fitnesspainfree.com from 2016 (In no particular order). 1: Quick and Easy TFL Stretch and Assessment Quick and Easy TFL (Tensor Fascia Latae) Assessment and Stretch 2: The Missing Key to Correcting Anterior Pelvic Tilt 3: 5 Common...
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    3 Common Misconceptions About Pain

    Today’s post comes from a bright therapy student named Kyle Thibodeaux.  Pain is a complex and frustrating thing for coaches and athletes.  It doesn’t have to be and Kyle puts things together in a nice easy to understand article below… More people in America experience pain than heart disease, cancer,...
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    Is Cupping Just Another Fad?

    This week’s guest post comes from author Kelly Crawford.   During the Rio Olympics last summer you may have seen athletes with large, red circles covering their skin.  Scattered all over their bodies were what looked like perfectly round bruises and welts.  No, these were not the result of...
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    How to Create Circuits for Strong Resilient Shoulders

    I see a lot of shoulder pain in my clinical practice.  It probably rivals low back pain with the most common injury I end up treating (Low back pain is more common in the general population).  For this reason I think it’s imperative that we take care of our...
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    6 Step Guide to Prevent and Treat Extension Based Lower Back Pain (Part 2)

    Welcome back.  So in the first installment we broke down: What extension based lower back pain is Which movements have the potential to cause it Compensations that lead to overextension and potential pain Training errors that can potentially lead to pain If you haven’t checked out part 1 of this...
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    5 Common Causes of Extension Based Lower Back Pain (Part 1)

    We all know that lifting with a rounded lower back can certainly cause some lower back pain.  What’s also important to wrap your head around is that many people don’t have trouble with lumbar flexion (lumbar rounding) but with the opposite motion called extension.  Lumbar extension is what this...
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    Is Weighted Mobilization for the Thoracic Spine a Bad Idea?

    Foam rolling for the thoracic spine is a good intervention for improving thoracic spine motion.  I use it for myself, patients and athletes regularly.  However, should we be adding weight to the movement?  My answer is that it probably depends. Now, if you’re rolling your thoracic spine properly it...