Archive for January, 2011
Filed under: corrective exercise, Manual Therapy
Test, Treat, Retest
by Carson Boddicker on Jan 30th, 2011
Recently I've had a few discussions about the frequency of assessment techniques. Depending on the scenario and specific motivations, assessment intervals vary, however, a systematic use of the Test, Treat, Retest principle is essential. The Test, Treat, Retest model is frequently used in athletic development settings using movement quality screens, strength, power, speed, and other various measures that are taken at specific intervals throug...
Filed under: Anatomy and Physiology
The Role of Retinacula
by Carson Boddicker on Jan 25th, 2011
The retinacula of the ankle has classically been considered as an autonomous organ that plays a key role in a pulley system including the peroneals, flexors, and extensors surrounding the ankle, however, this may not be the retinacula's reality. In 1984, Antonio Viladot and colleagues evaluated the embryology and ontology of the subtalar joint's function including anatomical and histological assessment of the retinacula. The authors determine...
Filed under: Uncategorized
Two Year Anniversary Thank You!
by Carson Boddicker on Jan 23rd, 2011
Today I passed the 2 year mark of blogging and what a great 2 years it has been. In that time there have been 315 posts, lots of great discussions in the comments, and a rise from 150 visits the first month to over 20,000 visits each month for three consecutive months. It's humbling that what started out as a place for me to establish my own thoughts has turned into a source of information, cognitive dissonance, and hopefully advancement. ...
Filed under: coaching
Power Balance Bracelets and the Placebo Effect
by Carson Boddicker on Jan 22nd, 2011
While I've yet to write about it a lot, the brain and psychology are able to express profound influence over outcomes of training and treatment, and is something that should be noted and exploited whenever possible to achieve more ideal outcomes and client successes. One such item that's done a fantastic job of exploiting expectancy, albeit potentially unethically, are Power Balance bracelets that claim to improve strength, balance, and flexibi...
Filed under: Article Summaries, Manual Therapy
A preliminary study of the effects of a single session of swedish massage on hypothalamic–pituitary–adrenal and immune function in normal individuals
by Carson Boddicker on Jan 18th, 2011
Rapaport MH, Schettler P, Bresee C. A preliminary study of the effects of a single session of swedish massage on hypothalamic–pituitary–adrenal and immune function in normal individuals. (2010). Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 10, 01-10. Rapaport, et al examine the responses associated with a single dose of traditional Swedish massage therapy against a “light touch” massage group as control. It was hypothesized ...
Filed under: Article Summaries, Manual Therapy, Program Design
Low vagal tone is associated with impaired post stress recovery of cardiovascular, endocrine, and immune markers
by Carson Boddicker on Jan 10th, 2011
Weber CS, Thayer JF, Rudat M, Wirtz PH, Zimmermann-Viehoff F, Thomas A, Perschel FH, Arck PC, Deter HC. Low vagal tone is associated with impaired post stress recovery of cardiovascular, endocrine, and immune markers. (2010). European Journal of Applied Physiology, 109(2), 201- 211. This article explores the associations between vagal tone measured via heart rate variability and various markers of cardiovascular, endocrine, and immune respo...
Filed under: Article Summaries, Manual Therapy
Moderate pressure massage elicits a parasympathetic nervous system response
by Carson Boddicker on Jan 5th, 2011
Diego MA, Field T. Moderate pressure massage elicits a parasympathetic nervous system response. (2009). International Journal of Neuroscience, 119(5), 630-38. This study examined the impacts of 15 minutes of chair massage with light or normal treatment pressures on cardiac vagal tone as measured using heart rate variability including high frequency to monitor parasympathetic tone and high to low frequency ratio to monitor cardiac vagal balan...
Filed under: Business, Uncategorized
Getting Things Done in the New Year
by Carson Boddicker on Jan 3rd, 2011
With the New Year comes lots of goals, which often present the unique challenge of being forced to handle new commitments on top of a person's pre-existing commitments. For example, the average man wants to exercise 5 times a week on top of going to work and taking care of his family or the fitness professional wants to write an extra blog post each week on top of a full slate of clients. It is at this juncture of doing "more" where failure ...
Filed under: Continuing Education
My Top Books of 2010: Part 3
by Carson Boddicker on Jan 1st, 2011
The final installment contains 2 books related to neuroscience that have my wheels turning hard as of late that I think is insanely applicable regardless of your profession or age. Finally, there is 1 book that fits the "miscellaneous" section. 1. The Brain that Changes Itself--Norman Doidge. This book delves into the incredible plasticity of the nervous system and a number of specific applications and case examples. It's written for t...