5 principles that influenced the Soft Tissue Release and Taping Technique used on some of the world’s best Athletes


SPRT (Specific Proprioceptive Response Technique) was developed by Dr. Brown while working with Pro Beach Volleyball (AVP) and Pro Surfing (ASP/WSL) Tour professionals to help dynamically heal, normalize and support injured, impaired, imbalanced and dysfunctional soft tissue structures.

Since the traditional soft tissue treatment and taping protocols worked by either utilizing deep, uncomfortable symptom-specific pressure or by locking down the area and restricting movement, the approached didn’t work to support functional movement with active athletes. Dr. Brown imagined a process by which you could work with the neuromuscular system using a more comfortable specific soft tissue treatment approach and multiple types of tape (with different properties), that would allow support for the injury or imbalance, but would also encourage pain-free movement to help stimulate the physiological and sensorimotor system.

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

(Please Register using the link below)


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 over 30+ years of working with some of the best athletes on the planet, as well as the challenging everyday patient/client.

Below are 5 of the important principles which helped Dr Brown innovate and evolve his treatment approach, which for over 20 years now has had the athletes lining up outside the medical tent…

Hilton’s law-

Hilton law[hil′tŏn] Definition- the nerve supplying a joint supplies also the muscles which move the joint and the skin covering the articular insertion of those muscles. -Stedman’s Medical Dictionary

Arndt’s Principle –

Weak stimuli activate physiological responses, whereas very strong stimuli inhibit physiological responses

Reciprocal Inhibition-

Reciprocal inhibition is the automatic antagonist alpha motor neurone inhibition which is evoked by contraction of the agonist muscle. This so-called natural reciprocal inhibition is a ubiquitous and pronounced phenomenon in man and must be suspected of playing a major role in the control of voluntary movements.

Phi, the Golden Ratio and the Fibonacci Sequence

The joints body moves in spiral patterns consistent with the math of the golden ratio

Muscles are set up around the joints to encourage efficiency and economy of movement and support.

The Human Body is based on patterns of 5, which is the basis for Phi as well

Another interesting relationship of golden section to the design of the human body is that there are:

  • 5 appendages to the torso, in the arms, leg and head.
  • 5 appendages on each of these, in the fingers and toes
  • 5 openings on the face.
  • 5 sense organs for sight, sound, touch, taste and smell.

Davis’s law

Is used in anatomy and physiology to describe how soft tissue models along imposed demands. It is the corollary to Wolff’s law, which applies to osseous tissue. It is a physiological principle stating that soft tissue heals according to the manner in which they are mechanically stressed.

If you want to learn more from Dr Brown, check out the upcoming SPRT courses:

Functional Soft Tissue Release and Taping Course
November 2-3 in Costa Mesa California at the Hurley Campus.
Registration link is below:

Functional Soft Tissue Release and Taping Course
February 8-9 2019 in Costa Mesa California at the Hurley Campus.
Registration link is below:

“SPRT development was initially created out of necessity. I was treating athletes and training to qualify for the AVP Tour, as well as working with a lot of pro surfers and traditional soft tissue, taping and bracing methods didn’t work as they do on courts and fields of play. I imagined working specifically on areas that CAUSED the imbalance (instead of focusing on the symptomatic site) and creating a healthy structure out of tape that I could use at any angle and would allow the injury to be supported but also would encourage healthy, quality, pain-free movement to help stimulate the physiological pump and sensorimotor system. As I was later asked to define what I believed was why the system having so much success, I was also guided by many of the principles taught by Vladimir Janda, MD, as well as the strong understanding of how alignment is the first step towards healing, health and fitness.”

 The Basics:

SPRT Taping- uses various tapes (such as leukotape, cover roll and kinesiology tape such as BodySport) and is positioned based on pain, severity of injury, location, direction of support and functional objective (sensorimotor and or mechanical support).


SPRT Taping also uses a unique tape tab, in some applications where more mechanical support is necessary, to approximate and compress specific soft tissue and joint structures. Simply approximating alignment of the underlying injured tissue(s)/structure(s) improves the support and healing process.

SPRT Soft-Tissue/Myofascial Release – SPRT soft tissue work is based upon stimulating the sensorimotor system to reconnect/restore and improve normal nerve, fascia, muscle and joint function to improve quality of movement.

SPRT helps stimulate the body’s natural healing process to create alignment, mobility, proprioception and control through comfortable, specific soft tissue techniques and by aligning, compressing and supporting soft tissue structures in the direction of relief and correction though taping applications

Over the years, Dr. Brown taught SPRT to thousands of doctors both inside and outside the sports medicine field, including chiropractors, physical therapists, athletic trainers, massage therapists, medical doctors and other health and fitness professionals and healers.

In the 2008 Beijing Olympics, professional beach volleyball player Kerri Walsh attracted a lot of attention when she won a gold medal while wearing a version of SPRT for an injured shoulder. During that time, Dr. Brown had moved on from the AVP and was working and traveling with the ASP (Association of Surfing Professionals – currently the World Surf league) World Tour, as his SPRT soft tissue treatment and taping systems continued to gain recognition with athletes around the world.



After decades working with countless elite and professional athletes from the NBA, NFL, MLB, AVP, ASP/WSL, Boxing, X Games, Olympics and NCAA…Dr. Brown currently serves as the Co-Medical Director for the WSL (Word Surf League), while being a Head Sports Medicine and Performance Consultant for both Hurley and RedBull athletes.

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