Getting upstream: shifting from reactive to proactive

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I must confess, sometimes I experience a sense of social media-induced frustration. This frustration is often easily remedied by not looking at social media, but sometimes it comes up regardless. What confounds this sense of frustration is that I know what I’m frustrated about and often struggle to find the words to explain what I’m frustrated about. Today, I found …

When are you going to stop doing your PT exercises? (part one)

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There’s a fascinating phenomenon that exists within the world of recreational circus arts and, depending on the background of the artist, it sometimes happens beyond the recreational level: people “do their PT (physical therapy) exercises” before they train. I realize that on the surface of it, that may not sound particularly fascinating, but there is an element to this phenomenon …

Training Equals Rehab*: My Movement Check-Up

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Sometimes, I think the gray areas are great. In this next installment in the ongoing diary of my “return to rehab” for my shoulder, I have officially entered a gray area. It’s that difficult to define space that exists between ‘traditional physical therapy (PT) exercises’ and ‘back to training’. What I love about the place where I’m at now is …

Squeeze your glutes! But what if you can’t squeeze your glutes?

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Recently, a friend’s post sur les médias sociaux began an important conversation about quality coaching and quality movement. It started with an open letter, of sorts, from an aerial instructor to the aerial students of the world: if you’re performing skills or movements inefficiently, using the wrong muscles, then you can expect the result to be an inefficient movement/skill that may or …

Hey bendy people! Managing hypermobility for circus (part two)

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“You mean push-ups don’t have to feel horrible?” She looked so relieved. Welcome back for part two! (Here’s a link to part one if you missed it) Circus is awesome. Circus also asks for people to make shapes and lines that require an above-average amount of mobility. (More often than not, people call it flexibility, but what we’re really talking …

My big takeaways from The Anatomy of Circus with Emily Scherb

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Last weekend, Emily Scherb—Physical Therapist for Circus Artist-Athletes and Anatomy Nerd Extraordinaire—was in Boston. That fact alone was amazing for those already acquainted with her awesomeness, however she took it up a notch and presented a series of workshops. I had the good fortune to attend a pair of her workshops: The Acrobatic Spine and Hip: At the Core of …

Injury Prevention in Circus Arts: an approach we need to talk about more (part three)

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The Performance Continuum In many sports, particularly at the higher levels, there exists a continuum of care, so to speak. At one end, we have an athlete’s entry point: the sports medicine team (orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists, chiropractors). They are the ones who perform the initial assessments and screens. From there, they hand the athlete off to the strength and …

Injury Prevention in Circus Arts: an approach we need to talk about more (part two)

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Functional movement represents the basic foundation for long-term health and performance in any athletic endeavor (and, I would like to suggest that living as a human counts as an athletic endeavor). It is also a term that is wildly misused and misunderstood and has become tragically buzz-wordy in the fitness world.