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Bridging the Gap From Rehab to Performance

I’m really excited to announce that the online version of the Champion Bridging the Gap From Rehab to Performance seminar that we had up in Boston last month is now available! We see so many people at Champion that have rehabbed elsewhere for months and are still doing 3x10 of straight leg raises. It’s no wonder that studies show persistent weakness after rotator cuff repair, ACL reconstruction, and other surgeries. We aren’t bridging the gap! That’s why we wanted to put this together to show how we focus on acute rehab, but understand the process to transition them to performance-based activities. On the flip side of the equation, the assessment process and program design for someone recovering from an injury that wants to transition to strength and conditioning is also different and important to understand. We’ll show how we integrate strength and conditioning concepts into our rehab programs, and how we assess and design strength and conditioning programs for people follow injury. To me, this is the future our professions need to head towards. We can’t just perform quad sets, straight leg raises and mini squats!
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Integrating Performance Based Physical Therapy

The latest Inner Circle webinar recording on Integrating Performance Based Physical Therapy is now available. I wanted to share this with Inner Circle members as I feel the topic is important as performance based therapy is definitely the future of our professions. Performance therapy is something that is performed to help people optimize themselves and improve performance, no matter what performance means to you. You don’t need to be injured to benefit from performance therapy. This is a lot of what we do at Champion and something that I really wanted to share.
An Easy Drill to Enhance Thoracic Extension
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An Easy Drill to Enhance Thoracic Extension

One of my big principles of rehabilitation and corrective exercises is that you follow up mobility drills with some sort of activation or strengthening drill. You want to use the body in this newly gained mobility. For some reason, I feel like this is often ignored with thoracic mobility. In the video below I show an extremely easy way to start working on thoracic extension endurance. Certainly not groundbreaking, but an important drill that is often overlooked.
enhancing thoracic mobility
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Enhancing Thoracic Mobility

Limited mobility of the thoracic spine is a common finding and something that tends to get worse over time. To me, it's one of those "use it or lose it" types of mobility in the body. Several issues can occur from limited thoracic mobility, such as shoulder, neck, and even low back pain. Thoracic mobility drills are common, but only part of the puzzle. I have a new presentation where I'll be reviewing some of the self mobility, manual therapy techniques, and corrective exercises I use to enhance thoracic mobility.

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