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. […]

Prehab Your Groin

If you have played ice hockey or soccer before you are probably familiar with tweaking your Groin (Adductor). A groin strain is an injury to the muscle tendon unit of the adductor tendon or its insertion onto the pubic bone. The reason groin strains are so common during hockey and soccer is because it requires such a strong eccentric contraction of the adductor musculature. Other sports that require twisting, turning, kicking, and sprinting including tennis, rugby, football (American), basketball, and running have also historically caused groin strains.  This Article will give you actionable exercises on how to Prehab your Groin Strain. […]

Perfect Your Bridge

The Bridge is a versatile exercise that can be used for developing great Gluteal muscle function. Individuals with back and hip pathologies are often taught to perform bridges in the hook-lying position, elevating the pelvis off the floor. This exercise is particularly useful for facilitating pelvic motions and strengthening the low back and hip extensors. In Read more about Perfect Your Bridge[…]

Exercises To Improve Your Thoracic Spine Mobility

Sedentary lifestyles are an undesirable hallmark of modern society, affecting a significant proportion of the population. Prolonged sitting (a form of sedentary behavior) has progressively become the norm with computerization in the work place. These developments are not only detrimental for physiological health and well-being with rising levels of obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease, but also musculoskeletal health. Recent research findings have found association between prolonged sitting (>8 hours a day) and increased neck-shoulder and low back pain. Sedentary behaviors may induce a relatively stiff thoracic spine contributing towards the dysfunction in the adjacent spinal regions. This article will provide you exercises to improve your thoracic spine mobility!

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PAIN SCIENCE

Pain Science

Americans consume a large majority of the world’s opioids. Approximately 80% of the global opioid supply is consumed in the United States, a country that represents a mere 5% of the global population. There were approximately 300 million pain prescriptions written in the US in 2015 equating to a $24 billion market. While we seem to know a fair amount about pain from the financial side, the actual science behind pain is still somewhat of an enigma. Let’s take a closer look at pain science.

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Climber's Prehab

Climber’s Prehab – Training Tips For The Most Common Rock Climbing Injuries

Rock Climbing Rock climbing is a sport that has been gaining popularity over the last few years. The diverse range of movement, mobility, and strength the sport requires makes it appealing to everyone from the weekend warrior to the most serious and dedicated athlete. This fast-growing allure has helped catapult climbing into the 2020 Olympic Read more about Climber’s Prehab – Training Tips For The Most Common Rock Climbing Injuries[…]

Hip Mobility

4 Exercises To Improve Hip Mobility!

The hip is a ball and socket joint with 27 muscles that cross it to control its many planes of movement! Some muscles act as primary movers while others act as dynamic stabilizers of the hip. When the hip capsule is hypomobile or tight, your body may compensate from either up or down the kinetic chain to gain mobility. This has been shown to lead to pathologies in the lumbar spine (Reiman 2009, Devin 2012, Burns 2011) and lower extremity (Reiman 2009, Cliborne 2004, and Currier 2007). This article will show you 4 exercises to improve your Hip Mobility! […]

Prehab Low Back

Best Prehab Exercises for Your Lower Back

Low back pain is the leading cause of activity limitation and work absence throughout much of the world and is associated with an enormous economic burden. This called for Preventative measures! Here are 10 exercises from the leading Rehab and Fitness professionals that may help reduce your risk of injuring your lower back!

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Top 6 Exercises to Reduce Risk of an Ankle Sprain

Ankle sprains are the most common injury in sports and physical activity, estimating to be about 25% of all injuries across sports. Of all ankle injuries 85% involve the lateral ankle ligaments. There is strong evidence suggesting you increase risk of re-spraining your ankle two fold within the first year of spraining your ankle. Every year in the US, lateral ankle sprain affects 2.15 of every 1,000 people which results in $2 BILLION of healthcare costs. (Waterman, Owens, Zacchili, & Belmont, 2010). All these costs are primarily from NON-INVASIVE treatment. We know that athletes today benefit from the BEST available rehab techniques and here is a statistic that proves my point: in the NBA there are approximately 100 ankle sprains per season, and in the last 11 years there have only been 4 that require surgical intervention. With high incidence of ankle sprains and the associated economic burden/negative chronic consequences, this calls for PREVENTITIVE measures. […]