Neurodynamics, Thorax and Pelvis, Scapula, and Muscle Activation

I recently had the opportunity at to do a Q&A session at Enhancing Life, the gym of my dear friends Lucy Hendricks and Dave Wilton. In this Q&A, personal training students from the Lexington Healing Arts Academy asked me a bunch of questions, to which I had to answer immediately. Topics include: Neurodynamics Infrasternal and infrapubic angles Pelvic tilt and rotation Pulling the shoulders down and back The myth of muscle activation Does the warmup transfer? This was an absolute blast, where we dove in deep into these topics. I hope you get a lot out of it. Enjoy! and the audio version Neurodynamics 101 The Relationship Between Infrasternal and Infrapubic Angles The Difference between Pelvic Tilt and Rotation Shoulders Down and Back The Myth of Muscle Activation Human resting muscle tone (HRMT): narrative introduction and modern concepts. Does the Warmup Transfer? Photo Credits Cover photo courtesy of Lucy Hendricks ūüėČ

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Hunching, Hip Extension, Stretching – Movement Debrief Episode 58

Movement Debrief Episode 58 is in the books. Below is a copy of the video for your viewing pleasure, and audio if you can’t stand looking at me. Here is the set list: Should narrow ISA people who have increased kyphosis reach forward? What should each reach be used to improve? What type of drills should I program when trying to improve hip extension? When should I choose an activity with the hip more flexed versus the hip more extended? Is stretching bad? Does stretching work? If you want to watch these live, add me on Facebook or¬†Instagram.They air every Wednesday at 7pm CST. Enjoy! and the audio version… ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬† Here were the links I mentioned: Sign-up for the Human Matrix in Seattle, WA on September 15-16th here Sign up for the Human Matrix in Kansas City, KS on October 27-28th here   Sign-up for the Human Matrix in Portland, OR on November 10-11 here Read here to learn more about Human Matrix   Here’s a signup for my newsletter to get nearly 3 hours and 50 pages of content, a free acute:chronic workload calculator, basketball conditioning program, podcasts, and weekend learning goodies: Bill Hartman Sign up for the intensive here. Below is a picture of the hamstrings from a lateral view.¬†The hamstrings do not have a direct attachment at the proximal hip, so create a levering action if used at terminal hip extension. Below is a picture of the attachments for the

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Ribcage Dimensions, Gait, Foot Arch – Movement Debrief Episode 56

Movement Debrief Episode 56 is in the books. Below is a copy of the video for your viewing pleasure, and audio if you can’t stand looking at me. Here is the set list: How does rib external and internal rotation relate to infrasternal angle? Why does the infrasternal angle measures present as they do? What are the anteroposterior and medial-lateral dimensions of the ribcage in these infrasternal angles? What are the thoracoabdominal pelvic cavity mechanics in gait? How does a collapsed arch impact movement variability? How do we treat a collapsed arch? Are custom orthotics a worthy solution? If you want to watch these live, add me on Facebook or¬†Instagram.They air every Wednesday at 7pm CST. Enjoy! and the audio version… ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬† Here were the links I mentioned: Sign-up for the Human Matrix in Seattle, WA on September 15-16th here Sign up for the Human Matrix in Kansas City, KS on October 27-28th here   Sign-up for the Human Matrix in Portland, OR on November 10-11 here Mechanics of the respiratory muscles Action of the diaphragm on the ribcage Below is the diaphragm picture I mentioned. Notice how from this angle, the diaphragm fibers would pull the ribcage inward.     Here is a bunch of stuff on the infrasternal angle. Human resting muscle tone (HRMT): narrative introduction and modern concepts. Paul Coffin, DPM (this is who I use to get orthotics) Here’s a signup for my newsletter to get nearly 3 hours

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Asymmetrical Infrasternal Angle, SI Joint Tests, and Imaginary Lat Syndrome – Movement Debrief Episode 55

Movement Debrief Episode 55 is in the books. Below is a copy of the video for your viewing pleasure, and audio if you can’t stand looking at me. Here is the set list: What is an asymmetrical infrasternal angle? What activities would improve an asymmetrical infrasternal angle? How do SI joint tests compare to an obers test for SI joint dysfunction or pelvic rotation? What is this testing really looking at? What is imaginary lat syndrome? What is the latissumus dorsi’s role in this syndrome? What can be done to impact imaginary lat syndrome? Are they any particular areas to consider cupping for a common movement pattern? If you want to watch these live, add me on Facebook or¬†Instagram.They air every Wednesday at 7pm CST. Enjoy! and the audio version… ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬† Here were the links I mentioned: Sign-up for the Human Matrix in Seattle, WA on September 15-16th here Sign up for the Human Matrix in Kansas City, KS on October 27-28th here   Sign-up for the Human Matrix in Portland, OR on November 10-11 here Here is a picture of an asymmetrical infrasternal angle Below is one of my go-to moves for an asymmetrical infrasternal angle Below is the Gillet Test (Courtesy of Physiotutors) Intraexaminer and interexaminer¬†reliability¬†of the¬†Gillet¬†test. Inter- and intra-examiner reliability of single and composites of selected motion palpation and pain provocation tests for sacroiliac joint Palpation of the sacroiliac joint: An anatomical and sensory challenge Use of an inclinometer to

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Sciatica, World’s Greatest Stretch, and Back Squat – Movement Debrief Episode 54

Movement Debrief Episode 54 is in the books. Below is a copy of the video for your viewing pleasure, and audio if you can’t stand looking at me. Here is the set list: What is sciatica? What methods can be used to treat sciatica? What is so special about the world’s greatest stretch? Is stretching the upper and lower body beneficial? What coaching cues do I use when coaching a back squat? Are there different coaching considerations for a narrow or wide ISA on the back squat? If you want to watch these live, add me on Facebook or¬†Instagram.They air every Wednesday at 7pm CST. Enjoy! and the audio version… ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬† Here were the links I mentioned: Sign-up for the Human Matrix in Seattle, WA on September 15-16th here Sign up for the Human Matrix in Kansas City, KS on October 27-28th here   Sign-up for the Human Matrix in Portland, OR on November 10-11 here Here is how you can palpate the sciatic nerve tract (some Yung Z right here) Here is how to perform the slump test Here is how to perform the straight leg raise Here is all you need on the thorax And a bunch of stuff on the hips Click here to read a bunch of stuff on neurodynamics Thoughts on Post-Workout Stretching Stop Stretching, You’re Wasting Your Time – Here’s What to do Instead Here is the world’s greatest stretch Pat Davidson Here’s a signup for my

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Rotation vs Tilt, Harrison’s Grooves, and Overhead Squat – Movement Debrief Episode 53

Movement Debrief Episode 53 is in the books. Below is a copy of the video for your viewing pleasure, and audio if you can’t stand looking at me. Here is the set list: What is the difference between pelvic rotation and tilt? What are the treatment considerations for each? What are Harrison’s Grooves? What are the treatment considerations for Harrison’s Grooves? Is the overhead squat test useful for determining movement limitations? What squat variations ought to be tested? If you want to watch these live, add me on Facebook or¬†Instagram.They air every Wednesday at 7pm CST. Enjoy! and the audio version… ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬† Here were the links I mentioned: Sign-up for the Human Matrix in Seattle, WA on September 15-16th here Sign up for the Human Matrix in Kansas City, KS on October 27-28th here   Sign-up for the Human Matrix in Portland, OR on November 10-11 here Harrison’s Grooves Definition Here are some pictures of Harrison’s Grooves Posture and body image in individuals with major depressive disorder: a controlled study Upright posture improves affect and fatigue in people with depressive symptoms. Infrasternal angles and more Fusionetics Here’s a signup for my newsletter to get nearly 3 hours and 50 pages of content, a free acute:chronic workload calculator, basketball conditioning program, podcasts, and weekend learning goodies:

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Breathing Mechanics 101 Preview

Below is a preview of a talk I gave in Costa Rica all about ribcage and respiratory mechanics. It’s a bit of a sneak preview for my upcoming seminar, The Human Matrix. Go ahead and give the talk a watch. If you want to see the full 80 minute talk, sign up for my newsletter below. If you really want to learn how to apply these concepts to help your patients and clients reach their goals, sign up for The Human Matrix Seminars below. Enjoy! (Warning, there are just a couple swear words here and there, no F-bombs though. It was a bro retreat, please be understanding) Sign-up for the Human Matrix in Seattle, WA on September 15-16th here Sign up for the Human Matrix in Kansas City, KS on October 27-28th here   Sign-up for the Human Matrix in Portland, OR on November 10-11 here Photo Credits Mike T. Nelson

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Breathing During Exercise, Femoral Anteversion, and Assessment Priorities – Movement Debrief Episode 49

Movement Debrief Episode 49 is in the books. Below is a copy of the video for your viewing pleasure, and audio if you can’t stand looking at me. Here is the set list: When should you breathe during exercise? Are there times in which breath holding is warranted? What is femoral anteversion? Is there a way to test for femoral anteversion? What treatment considerations must one make for femoral anteversion? In what testing order do I chase variability? If you want to watch these live, add me on Facebook or¬†Instagram.They air every Wednesday at 7pm CST. Enjoy! and the audio version…   ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬† Here were the links I mentioned: Sign-up for the Human Matrix in Seattle September 15-16th here   Sign-up for the Human Matrix in Portland, OR November 10-11 here Breathing During Weight Training – Lyle McDonald Concurrent Criterion-Related Validity and Reliability of a Clinical Test to Measure Femoral Anteversion Determination and Significance of Femoral Neck Anteversion FAI Investigation of Association Between Hip Morphology and Prevalence of Osteoarthritis Infrasternal Angle Overhead vs Quadruped Narrow Infrasternal Angle Training Modifications Using the Infrasternal Angle – Lucy Hendricks Restoring Shoulder Motion Shoulder External Rotation Hip Adduction and Abduction Explaining Hip Range of Motion Here’s a signup for my newsletter to get nearly 3 hours and 50 pages of content, a free acute:chronic workload calculator, basketball conditioning program, podcasts, and weekend learning goodies: Breathing During Exercise https://zaccupples.com/2018/05/24/movementdebrief49/#Assessment_Priorities Femoral Anteversion Assessment Priorities

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Neck Strength, Narrow Infrasternal Angles, and My Joint Went Out! – Movement Debrief Episode 46

Movement Debrief Episode 46 is in the books. Below is a copy of the video for your viewing pleasure, and audio if you can’t stand looking at me. Here is the set list: How can we best train the neck for grappling or head impact sports? What are the mechanics behind the narrow infrasternal angle? What is the treatment strategy for a narrow infrasternal angle? Do joints go “out?” If you want to watch these live, add me on Facebook or¬†Instagram.They air every Wednesday at 7pm CST. Enjoy! and the audio version…   ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬†   Here were the links I mentioned: Sign-up for the Human Matrix September 15-16th here Here is a video of the neck bridge (courtesy of Expert Village) Action of the Diaphragm on the Ribcage Respiration Revisited Here are some exercise I give to people with a narrow infrasternal angle. My top is the diamond lazy bear: The toe touch to the squat the dorsal rostral squat and the sidelying pec twist Systematic review and meta-analyses of the difference between the spinal level of the palpated and imaged iliac crests Content validity of manual spinal palpatory exams – A systematic review Reliability of Physical Examination for Diagnosis of Myofascial Trigger Points The Mechanisms of Manual Therapy in the Treatment of Musculoskeletal Pain: A Comprehensive Model Neurophysiological effects of spinal manipulation Here’s a signup for my newsletter to get nearly 3 hours and 50 pages of content, a free acute:chronic workload

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Variability, The Problem of Transfer, and Gymnastics – Charlie Reid

¬†I recently had a great conversation with my dear friend, Charlie Reid. Charlie is a very successful trainer in the San Francisco Bay area, and a wealth of knowledge when it comes to a variety of fitness domains. He reached out to me to help audit his thought process, and it turned out we had an incredible conversation. Here were a few topics we discussed: Where does variability training fit when chasing fitness? What do certain variability tests theoretically look at, and what are the relevant mechanics? How well does variability training transfer to higher level activities? and many more ¬†Click below to check out the video, and read along with the modified transcripts. I’ve linked some helpful pictures and links throughout. Enjoy. or if you’d rather, here is the audio version: Modified Transcript Charlie:¬†I’m always looking for people to to audit my own thought process on things and help with shifting my paradigm. I’ve had these conversations with Joe Cicinelli regularly about interjecting PRI-based things with with fitness. It’s not even PRI, it’s just looking at like the body with this neuro-pulmonary/neuro-mechanical lens that I want to move towards and understand more of, but I’m also a pragmatist. I want to be as practical as I possibly can within the context that I’m working. That’s always a challenge. How do we take this information and make it as practical as possible? I’ll start with a confession first. I don’t I actually have a strong prejudice against PRI clinical exercises.

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Self-Testing, Postural Evaluation, and Shoulder Impingement – Movement Debrief Episode 41

Movement Debrief Episode 41 is in the books. Below is a copy of the video for your viewing pleasure, and audio if you can’t stand looking at me. Here is the set list: Can you self diagnose why a muscle feels tight? What are some good self tests to assess variability can you appear “flexed” in one area but actually be extended? Can we make accurate assessments regarding posture? Why does impingement occur? How does shoulder testing relate to the infrasternal angle? What each of the shoulder tests I look at are attempting to assess? If you want to watch these live, add me on Facebook or¬†Instagram.They air every Wednesday at 8joc:30pm CST. Enjoy! and the audio version… ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬†   Here were the links I mentioned: Manual Muscle Testing Debrief Here is the toe touch to squat Infrasternal Angle Overhead vs. Quadruped And the active midstance test Posterior Tilt Pelvic Tilts and Lordosis Check out the Apley’s Scratch Test (don’t mind the adhesions portion) If you want to see trunk rotation, check out Respiration Revisited Illmatic by Nas Usain Bolt Debrief Here is the diamond bear exercise Here is the sidelying pec twist Here is the cable hang courtesy of Lucy Hendricks Bill Hartman   Here’s a signup for my newsletter to get nearly 3 hours and 50 pages of content, a free acute:chronic workload calculator, basketball conditioning program, podcasts, and weekend learning goodies: Self-Testing Postural Evaluation Shoulder Impingement

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February Links and Review

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 February. If you want to get a copy of my weekend learning goodies every Friday, fill out the form below. ¬†That way you can brag to all your friends about the cool things you’ve learned over the weekend.

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