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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 […]

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 Lengthen the IT Band: Break a leg (quite literally)

Here are some fun facts about your IT-Band: It isn’t a band at all. Rather, it’s a thickening of connective tissue called the fascia latae that encases the musculature and other tissues of your thigh. (Think compression gear with a denser ‘strip’ running down the outside of your leg). The IT-band is ADHERED to the […]

Changing of the Guard: How strength and conditioning has helped to evolve rehabilitation, and vice versa.

When the words “physiotherapy” or “rehabilitation” get muttered around a strength gym, it traditionally hasn’t been words of praise. Often times, it is riddled with criticism and mockery. As a young physiotherapist, I can certainly see why. Decades of disconnect between the two professions has seemed to leave a sizeable gap between the rehabilitation and […]

Fact vs. Fiction: Does Anterior Pelvic Tilt actually cause (or predict) back pain?

Anterior pelvic tilt: it’s that SCARY angle formed between the heights of two bony landmarks in your iliac crest. A lot of health, exercise and rehabilitation professionals (myself included…just not anymore) will try to assess this through touch/measurement as a potential indicator of increased lumbar lordosis (more arch in your lower back) and extrapolate this […]