• 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...
  • How To Coach and Progress Jumping Variations – Part 1: Double Leg Jumping

    As I’ve mentioned in a few posts in the past I’ve been working with a lot of doctorate students finishing their clinical affiliations lately.  I mentioned in my last post about students not finishing their programs with much of an exercise arsenal to treat a wide variety of patients.  Now,...
  • Which Ankle Mobility Drill is Best for Me?

    https://youtu.be/auR8avcD1m4 Some time back I came out with this video showing an easy assessment for ankle mobility.  Ankle mobility is essential for technique during deep squats, pistols, lunge and step-up variations.  It’s also something that’s implicated in knee pain, potentially causing knee valgus in deep squatting movements.  ...
  • Shoulder Pain and Dyskinesia: Correcting Medial Border Prominence During Pushups

    I’ve been reading and listening to probably what is more than a healthy amount of scapular research and rehabilitation lately.  It’s great for me because I’m currently working with a few athletes with scapular dyskinesia and shoulder pain.  I wrote a bit about scapular dyskinesia some time back and...