Not only has a lack of sleep been linked to many big bad diseases, it also contributes to poor performance.
Behavior change through education and persuasion is hard enough as is. We are all resistant to change, namely because our current habits and routines require Herculean willpower efforts to break. This problem is especially true in non-conducive environments.
It’s hard to eat healthy when your family cooks fried foods and orders pizza for dinner every night.
It is these situations where we just have to make the most with what we have, and that’s exactly what I spoke about on one of my best friend’s podcasts, Doug Kechijian.
Before we go into the content, let me tell you a bit about Douglas, my younger-older brother.
I was the first person who arrived in town, and it was up to me to take care of the rental car.
We had five bros to get to the class, so I needed to find something cozy that could fit everyone and their luggage to and from the class and Phoenix airport.
So I’m looking at some midsize SUVs, a couple sedans, trying to find the right car that I could fit everyone in.
Then I saw this:
Doug and I had never met before, and he was the first person I had to pick up. He asked “what will you be driving?”
I said “you’ll know.”
So there I am, picking Douglas up in this Dodge Challenger flarin’, hip hop blarin’, shade-wearin’, and straight up stuntin’ in that AZ heat. The car was a great ice breaker towards realizing how likeminded we both were.
All the other guys we had to pick up were flying into town every couple hours. For the hell of it, we made the 20 minute drive back and forth to the airport in that Dodge Challenger. We ended in clown car fashion, but it was totally worth it…Well, for me at least. I got to drive that beast!
It was in those hours, that weekend, that coziness, that these two cats who didn’t know each other developed a long lasting friendship. I am fortunate to say that about every single one of those guys in that picture.
Doug is simply one of the most intelligent, grittiest, interesting, and eloquent individuals I know. He is without a doubt a thought leader in the fields of physical therapy and performance. Each time we hop on our 2+ hour call to catch up, I always become a better clinician, coach, and person. He is a wealth of information, served our country with distinction, and a great human being. I am honored to call him my friend, and you guys should know who he is.
He’s also a really good agent, as he’s gotten me two of my most recent jobs!
So please, check out his site, follow his killer twitter, watch him demonstrate exercises shirtless on Instagram, see him in NYC, and do all you can to learn from this guy.
Why am I pointing this one out? Because I’m going to be there. I want to learn all that I can from these guys. As should you.
So if you are a reader of mine, go to this seminar and we can get together for some grub and discussion. I plan on being around the Bay Area for a little while (there’s National Parks to be hiked after all), so please attend and support my dear friends.
To me, the most important aspect of patient care is knowing who you can and cannot treat. Stratifying your patients based on who needs to be referred out, and who you can help is essential to providing the best care.
Quite simply, there are few better resources out there that outline how to do this than Scott’s ebook.
In it, he delves into what relevant questions to ask, tests to perform, and establishing a relevant diagnosis. Often underlooked, yet exceptionally important components of the clinical examination.
Again, I cannot recommend Scott’s ebook and site enough. It’s a great resource for many things PT, including many of his eclectic and unique manual therapy techniques. Definitely check this guy out.
Rehabbing a 5th Metatarsal Fracture to High Level Basketball
In this podcast, I outline a case I worked on back when I was in the NBA D League.
This kid suffered a distal 5th metatarsal fracture with only a couple minutes to spare in a game. It was a brutal injury after one of the worst games in my life that I experienced, namely because we had three guys go down in one game.
Talk about awful.
I outline my entire process and every detail of what I did to get this kid back to high level basketball. A process that started with a fracture and ended with him establishing a franchise rebounding record the last game of the season. Pretty spectacular to say the least.
I feel very fortunate to have worked with such a driven and hardworking guy, and ultimately that was what his success hinged upon. Though minor, it was an honor to be this guy’s guide back to high level performance.
In this podcast, we dive into the following topics:
It is hard to find a better fundamental exercise than the deadlift. A time-tested move that ought to be learned by all—whether you’re a professional athlete, bodybuilder, fitness client, or grandma with back pain.
What if you don’t know how to deadlift? Or maybe you just want to get better at coaching it?
A 16 game losing streak. Worst record in the league. 8 rookies. We were in dire straights.
Could we fix it in 2 hours?!?
The NBA travel schedule is one of the hardest in pro sports. 82 games in a season plus playoffs. Several back-to-back games that require time zone changes, late nights, early mornings, and playing nightly at a high level.
And a high level of sleep deprivation.
Fortunately, many NBA teams, including the one I worked for, take whatever measures possible to ensure our guys get enough sleep. They modulate flight times, stay in the best hotels, and use their unlimited budgets to improve sleep quality.
We call that soft where I come from.
My domain—the NBA D-league. Home of the worst schedule in professional sports.
I can’t even call it a nightmare because you don’t sleep enough to hit your REM cycle.