Long time since a post, so I will do my best to make up for such shenanigans with great content in the weeks to follow. We’ll have a few guest posts from some great strength coaches and some great manual therapists like Nate Shaw with the Arizona Diamondbacks and a few relative unknowns who reside here in Flagstaff will be on to discuss some manual therapy indications.
Today I’ll have just a few random musings.
1. I swear Peter Weyand–the guy who researches people who run fast and how and why they are so fast, is commonly cited in almost all strength coach discussions of speed training, and is an all around good guy–gets the spelling of his last name bastardized more than any other researcher. It’s not Weyland, Wayland, Weylan, or anything other than “Weyand.” I think more people correctly spell Panjabi or Kapandji than they do this gentleman when talking about his research.
2. Though I am currently knee deep in Clinical Application of Neuromuscular Techniques: Volume 1, I am anxiously awaiting my copy of Gray Cook, Lee Burton, Kyle Kiesel, and Milo Bryant’s new book, Movement.
3. Speaking of the FMS crowd, people are failing to grasp the pure simplicity the the FMS. The FMS is a simple screen to get a quick window into the CNS from a variety of positions and stances. It’s not testing positions in which you should load athletes necessarily, but simply something that provides a lot of information about the athlete’s current “preferred patterns” in a short period of time. It is no more complicated than that. With the results it is your job as the therapist or coach to use your critical thinking skills and your coaching to make things work well with appropriate loads.
4. That said, the FMS is only one piece of a good assessment. If you’re really seeking accurate information and a lot of information off of which to design programs, you’re going to want more than seven tests. Boddicker Performance’s assessment process lasts about an hour start to finish. The FMS only takes us about 8-10 minutes of that time leaving plenty of room to gather other information.
5. I’ve recently gone through SpiderTech’s online education module for a second time. If you’re looking for some high quality, free, continuing education stuff, I’d highly recommend checking it out. It goes into far more detail about the neurophysiology of pain, impaired motor patterns, and the effects of kinesiotaping (which, by the way, is far more broad than just redistributing stress). Check it out here.
Have a great weekend.