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Plank Challenge: Good idea for patients?

Dr. Stuart McGill, former spine researcher at the University of Waterloo for 30 years, says there is “no utility to this kind of activity other than claiming a record.” Instead, patients should focus on holding the position for shorter intervals and do more reps. Dr. McGill believes that for a healthy spine, you should be practicing the “Big 3” daily …

John Pecora

Dr. John Pecora

MeyerPT Vice President, Managing Editor, Communities and Education

FREE webinar on High Power, Clinical PEMF Therapy

The link below will take you to recorded webinar on High Power, Clinical Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF) Therapy. Through this roughly 50-minute presentation by Josh Silver, president and CEO of Pulsed Energy Technologies, you will learn: The history of PEMF and how the technology has evolved of the last 150 years. The science behind PEMF: how and why it works. …

Psychological Measures for Return to Play Following ACLR, Part 5

Last post we discussed the correlation of kinesiophobia (fear of movement) to shift of weight over to the non-involved limb. Noehren et al Am J Sports Med 2018 highlighted this in a recent study that showed how athletes unload the involved limb during bilateral jumping tasks. As stated in our previous blog post, we discussed how we see a similar pattern …

Trent Nessler PT TheraBand ACL Kits

Dr. Trent Nessler

MPT, DPT, Founder/Developer the Athletic Movement Index™ and Developer TheraBand CLX ACL Kit

Recorded Webinar: Elite Athletes to the Everyday Patient: Treatment and Manual Therapy Tips from World Surf League Medical Director Dr. Tim Brown

From Elite Athletes to the Everyday Patient/Client Treatment and Training Tips from World Surf League Medical Director Dr. Tim Brown When: Thursday, September 20, 2:00 pm ET DESCRIPTION: Original Medical Director of the Pro Beach Volleyball Tour (AVP) and the current Co-Medical Director of the Pro Surf Tour (ASP/WSL) Dr. Tim Brown will discuss tips, tools and what he’s learned …

Dr. Tim Brown

Dr. Tim Brown

Co-Medical Director for the World Surf League (formerly the ASP)

Avoid patient drop-outs, maximize treatment results

Patients have better results when they stick to their care plans and complement their in-office care with a home exercise program. Unfortunately, many patients miss appointments, don’t follow their HEP or even drop out of care altogether. These patients will likely be frustrated with their results. They may start to question the value of your care, and they will probably …

Dr. Kevin Wilk

Dr. Kevin Wilk

PT, DPT, FAPTA

Step outside the world as you know it…and Thrive

The journey of true discovery lies not in finding new lands but in looking through new eyes.   – Marcel Proust Whether we realize it or not, we exist within mental constructs. Albeit invisible, they dictate our thoughts, feelings, actions and, consequently, results. All psychological problems, suffering, and unfulfilled desires are the byproduct of these invisible mental constraints. To create an …

Psychological Measures for Return to Play Following ACLR, Part 4

Over the course of this blog series, we’ve been discussing Kinesiophobia (fear of movement) that is sometimes associated with athletes who have an ACL reconstruction. In the last installment, we pointed out some objective measures we see in our athletes who demonstrate higher levels of kinesiophobia. The two main things we see are: An increase in lateral shift or shift …

Trent Nessler PT TheraBand ACL Kits

Dr. Trent Nessler

MPT, DPT, Founder/Developer the Athletic Movement Index™ and Developer TheraBand CLX ACL Kit

What can jumping teach us about muscle growth? Part 2

In Part 1 we discussed misconceptions that present a barrier to the understanding of muscle growth of even the most well-read strength coaches and personal trainers, which is how the degree of motor unit recruitment affects subsequent hypertrophy. Fortunately, we can fix this problem by comparing the effects of high-velocity strength training programs, such as those that involve jumping or …

Chris Beardsley

Christopher Beardsley

Director of Strength and Conditioning Research

What can jumping teach us about muscle growth? Part 1

The mainstream fitness industry is plagued by myths and superstitions about how muscle growth happens, and about how we should structure workouts to maximize gains. In contrast, the serious bodybuilding and professional strength and conditioning communities are far better educated, and very well grounded in the science of hypertrophy. Even so, there is still one misconception that creates a barrier …

Chris Beardsley

Christopher Beardsley

Director of Strength and Conditioning Research

Circadian Rhythms and Your Immune System, Part 2

Part 1 of this article was posted on Sept. 11. http://news.meyerpt.com/physical-therapists/for-your-patients/circadian-rhythms-immune-system-part-1/ We discussed cortisol production and its relationship to Circadian Rhythms. In Part 2 we’ll discuss Inflammation … Noon to 5 p.m. – The Rise of Inflammation The afternoon hours see a steady decline in cortisol along with the most intense hours of sunlight (Vitamin D). Research tells us it …