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Special Guest Saturday: How Isometrics Fit in with “Modern” Exercise and Rehab

Today’s guest post comes from Kevin Valcke, a physiotherapist working at the Allan McGavin Sports Medicine Clinic at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, BC). Kevin is one of my favourite up and coming physiotherapists as he possesses a unique ability to blend strength and conditioning and rehabilitation protocols that can be applied across a […]

Advancing Rotary Stability: Pushup Position Reverse Bird Dog

Rotary stability tasks are found in a vast majority of strength and conditioning training programs. Although the research is still up in the air regarding it’s use for improving performance or (lack of) correlating to potential injury risk, it still has it’s use in training programs from a movement pattern and training effect perspective. Rotary […]

Move More Weight Monday’s: The Lateral Sled Push

We all know the importance of training outside of the sagittal plane, not only for athletic development and strength, but as a means of promoting movement that we can tap into daily when we need it. Today’s ‘Move More Weight’ Monday looks at an excellent frontal plane exercise that can be utilized by a wide […]

Harnessing the Power of Imagery: What You See Is What You Get

Nicole Westlund Stewart, PhD (@NicoleWestlund) We’ve all been there. You’ve got an open shot and you blow it. You miss the shot. You’re upset. You can’t believe you missed such an easy shot! And what do you do in response? You replay that missed shot over and over in your head. “How could you do […]

What Should be Included in a Comprehensive ‘Shoulder Health’ Training Program

Scapular stability is one of the most popular things you will hear about when you walk into a strength and conditioning facility, especially if that facility deals with the overhead athlete population (ie. baseball, volleyball, swimming, tennis etc). But does it have merit? Let’s dive into the background and the evidence. What is it?  The […]

MISSING LINKS IN STRUCTURE AND PAIN Vol. 1: Disc Herniations and Back Pain

  When it comes to the public’s understanding of back pain, few words are as frightening as this one: DISC. Many people are led to believe that if they have a disc herniation somewhere in their spine, their backs will never be the same. HA! This could not be further from the truth. Let’s look […]

Mental Skills Training: Why so apprehensive?

Many performers do not realize that it is the psychological factors that primarily account for their day-to-day fluctuations in performance. I am sure we have all heard the common sayings: “Sports are 90% mental and 10% physical” or “Those who think they can and those who think they can’t are usually both right.” Even though […]

The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is NOT a predictor of injury (Mini-series Part 1).

Part 1 of a collaborative mini-series: The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is NOT a predictor of subsequent injury based on composite score. It’s time to stop beating a dead horse. This is not to say it doesn’t have it’s place, nor am I bashing the FMS, as it’s developers are fantastic clinicians who should be […]

How to Practically use Athlete Monitoring and Training Workloads in your Practice (Mini-series part 3).

Part 3 of a collaborative mini-series (check out Part 1 and Part 2): Just over a year ago, work brought forth by Tim Gabbett (2016) highlighted the importance, but also simplicity, of monitoring training workloads in athletes. His research has demonstrated fairly consistent relationships between athlete training workloads and soft-tissue injury development. The practicality of […]

An evidence-based ACL injury prevention training program

Strength and conditioning is no longer solely concerned with making an athlete stronger, more explosive or ensuring their energy system demands are up to par for their sport. Now more than ever, parents and coaches want to ensure that their athletes are training to prevent injury. After all, it’s hard to optimize your performance on […]