Every week, my newsletter subscribers get links to some of the goodies that I’ve come across on the internets.
Here were the goodies that my peeps got their learn on in December
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Biggest Lesson of the Month
I’ve been thinking a lot about generalism and specialism. Becoming a generalist involves implementing things with an individual that intend to have systemic effects, whereas the specialist implements things that intend to have a specific effect.
Think about encouraging your clients to sleep effectively, eat more vegetables, and move effectively. Implementing these three strategies will lead to system-wide effects first and foremost, and may impact a specific goal that you have. These are the tools of a generalist
On the flipside, consider a surgical procedure, medication, etc. These modalities have a higher likelihood of meeting a specific goal first and foremost, but the system-wide effect is less certain.
Though upon careful reflection on this thought, really anything we implement as a generalist or specialist is riddled with uncertainty.
Both types of practitioners are necessary to maximize health, longevity, and/or performance.
Quote of the Month
“Ego is about who’s right. Truth is about what’s right.” ~Mike Maples Jr
Ego is something I’ve been working on getting control of over the last year, and it has been most impactful in my overall happiness and well being. I just wish I took this quote to heart much earlier in life.
Hike of the Month
Hiking frequency has gone down a bit because it’s so…dang…cold, but I had a dope hike at Joshua Tree.
It wasn’t the most challenging hike, but had a wide variety of things to see. Whether it was an old mine, or climbing a mountain, you could definitely get your nature gains on point.
And the Joshua Trees themselves, Hyoooge. Way bigger than any of the others I’ve ever seen.
I was first made aware of the constrained theory of energy expenditure by Mike Roussell, and Joel Jamison takes the concept to another level. This article made me really think about how I am approaching building my own fitness, and just how important recovery is.
Excited to make it through the series as it comes out.
One of the most challenging aspects I had with sports science is getting buy-in from the coaching staff.
Here, Yan Le Meur boils it down to the most important aspects that a coach wants to know, as well as which variables are most actionable from an intervention standpoint. It’s an infographic I wish I had while in the league.
I love how Dean preached individualization in regards to the assessment process. Many times we seek models that place clients into buckets or patterns, but Dean reminds us to keep the client’s goals in mind. This cannot be emphasized enough.
Ever find yourself having a hankering to watch just one Youtube video only to find yourself watching 6 hours worth of cat videos? This app, which Tim Ferris exposed me to, nips that time waster in the bud by showing roughly how many days are left in your life. Like sand through the hourglass or something, fam (see what I did there?)
Turning 30 is all types of hell…
But my boi Seth Oberst makes the most of it.
Seth recently reflected on the 30 lessons he learned by age 30, and I found the post incredibly inciteful. I’d call it part rehab, part philosophical, part psychological, and full awesome.
Learning from a cat like Seth has made me a much more well-rounded clinician.
More great Robb Wolf podcasts. This time, it was my boi Chris Kresser. I absolutely love some of the solutions he presents to saving healthcare, as well as how salient he creates awareness of the problem of healthcare.
One of my favorite classes of the year, put on by my fam from Resilient. Here we learned all the fundamental keys to effective movement, how to perform the big lifts savagely well, and how to use specific movements to improve joint position in these lifts.
Follow these guys, they are some of the biggest stewards of the profession.
My thoughts on pain education have morphed a substantial degree over the past year. While I think my understanding of pain’s complexities have enhanced, I’ve worked on simplifying my education paradigms.
I’ve often found that going down the neurophysiological rabbit hole is completely unnecessary, and providing simple examples has led to substantial changes in buy-in and client understanding.
Check this talk out to understand the process, and get my updated thoughts.
Here, I outlined the entire treatment process and post-treatment reflections. You get a glimpse in terms of what presentations lead me to making particular clinical decisions. If you can understand what compensatory strategies to look for, and what movements can drive favorable change, you can accomplish a lot without even touching someone.
I guess you guys need some help with sleeping (don’t we all). This post was by far the most popular.
This article discusses my sleep problem that I had with my fellas in the NBA D League, and it was a big one. With early flights and poor travel conditions, sleep was a luxury.
How do you make the most of a terrible situation? Read on to find out, and see the amazing results.
I want to thank everyone for making my return to blogging a joyous occasion. 2017 was a mixture of failures and successes for me, and you wonderful people have made this transition back to the blogosphere so smooth.
I am forever grateful that you have decided to become fam to this blog, and I look forward to seeing you here next year!