Quad Sets for Quadriceps Activation

Quadriceps inhibition or the inability to feel/activate your quadriceps after major knee surgeries like ACL reconstruction can be a very frustrating early on in the rehabilitation process. How is it possible that you can’t squeeze your quad?! Luckily for you, we’ll show you our top 7 cues and expert tips to increase your quadriceps activation and get it firing again!

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Step Ups (And Down) Variations

Step ups and downs are amazingly simple, yet truly effective in lower extremity rehab. Adding variability to the classic step ups and downs is key to movement proficiency and developing a well-rounded athlete. Have you tried these step up variations before?!

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Posterior Shoulder Mobility Drills

Got shoulder pain? A tight posterior cuff is associated with a handful of shoulder dysfunctions like subacrominal impingement syndrome, posterior impingement, anterior instability, etc. And thus, increasing posterior shoulder mobility is part of the treatment protocol for many with shoulder pain. There’s a high probability increasing your posterior shoulder mobility will help, and we’re going to show you some of our favorite posterior shoulder mobility drills that you can perform NOW to give you some relief!

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Serratus Anterior

Serratus Anterior, which is also known as the “Big Swing Muscle” or “Boxer’s muscle” due to it’s effectiveness of protracting the scapula. Not only does this muscle have a cool name, it is needed for a plethora of arm movements; weather open chain (punching/grabbing something out of cabinet) or closed chain (pushups, planks, downward dogs, or handstands). Due to it’s large role in stabilizing the scapula,  inadequate strength here is often the culprit of Scapula Winging. This article will demonstrate a few exercises to improve activation and control of this Scapula Stabilizer in open kinetic chain. […]

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You are NOT your MRI – MRIs for Low Back Pain Can Cause More Harm Than Good

If you haven’t seen the videos of me (Mike) recently, I’ve been treating patients in China these past few months of early 2017. Sadly, the people here have an extremely low level of education and understanding of their health. Everyday in the clinic, we battle not just construed cultural enigmas (“my back hurts because of the cold wind”), but also improper education/advice  (“my doctor told me if I do anything more vigorous than walking my nerve will impinge and I will be paralyzed”). One of the biggest reasons why Craig, Arash, and I started The Prehab Guys’ in the first place was to inject some truth and science into the fitness and health industries. Proper education on your movement system, from why you experience pain to self-management strategies, GO A LONG WAY in making this world a much better and happier place. Education is power. Without further ado, fact #1… […]