• 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 3 Great Lower Trapezius Exercises You’ve Never Thought Of

    So the scapulae are kind of a big deal.  They help us do cool stuff in the gym and help keep our shoulders healthy.  What goes on in the shoulder blade is very important from a shoulder impingement perspective.  One overlooked but important muscle in this whole ordeal is the...
  • How To Coach and Progress Jumping Variations – Part 4: Advanced Single Leg Jumping

    In Part 3 we covered advanced double leg jumping and progressions.  In part 4 we’ll focus on advanced single leg jumping and progressions.  These are the progressions I like to use after athletes have mastered the basics of single and double leg jumping. Part 1 – Double Leg Jumping Part 2...
  • How To Coach and Progress Jumping Variations – Part 3: Advanced Double Leg Jumping

    In part 3 we’ll focus on more advanced double leg jumping and progressions.  These are the progressions I like to use after athletes have mastered the basics in part 1.  Before moving on, here are the other installments in case you missed them: Part 1 – Double Leg Jumping Part...
  • How To Coach and Progress Jumping Variations – Part 2: Single Leg Jumping

    In Part 1 we covered double leg jumping and progressions and explained how to progress jumping with athletes.  In part 2 we’ll focus on single leg jumping and progressions.  I generally start single leg jump variations once double leg jumping looks symmetrical and an athlete has adequate strength to perform...