Anatomy of the Shoulder: from structure to function

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In the world of circus arts education, it is taken as a given that an understanding of anatomy is important. I couldn’t agree more. For the past nine weeks (ten weeks, if we count the week where The Mega Cold had me laid low), I had the extreme pleasure and privilege of gathering on Wednesday mornings with a group of …

Exercises Every Circus Artist/Athlete Should Do: Bear Crawls

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In case you missed it on Instagram…before I accidentally deleted it, here’s another installment of “Exercises Every Circus Artist/Athlete Should Do”. View this post on Instagram Exercises Every Circus Artist-Athlete Should Do: Bear Crawl!⠀ —————————– Bear crawls are packed with goodness! ⠀ ⠀ * Rotary core stability and control ⠀ * Dynamic scapular stability and control ⠀ * Serratus activation, …

My Movement Check-Up: Pain and the Magic of Movement

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There were a handful of things about how my body was feeling that prompted my return to physical therapy—but I would not describe any of them as injuries. My shoulder is four years post-op, so it certainly doesn’t count as a recent injury. I do think, however, that most of the complaints on my list could be traced back to …

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 …

What’s On Your Preflight Checklist?

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Before pilots take their planes into the air, they run through a preflight checklist. The basic—yet critical—premise is that it’s better to check the condition of the plane on the ground so that you can minimize the chances of discovering undesired surprises in the air. Having a checklist is handy, but more than that, it’s vital for the pilot to …

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Exercises Every Aerialist Should Do, part two: thoracic mobility

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You know, there’s a piece to this expanding and wonderfully complex puzzle that is the healthy flyer/aerialist/circus artist that has been nagging at me for the past couple of months because I realized that I haven’t included it and yet, it’s such a foundational and important piece. (Wow. That was quite a long sentence.) The thing of it is that …

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The Desk Job Double Cross, Part One: Why Sitting Is Horrible For Flying

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Here’s a fun paradox for you: one of the main goals of this blog is to provide you, dear flyers and aerialists, with some knowledge that will, ideally, lead to you becoming more aware of your body and how it works so that you might learn how to take better care of it as you pursue your ever growing passion …

Things I think about… how you should really be training your rotator cuff

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The world of elite gymnastics has been well acquainted with the world of sports science for some time. This relationship is something that (ideally) serves the larger gymnastics community well, providing it with a sound, scientific basis for improving performance and implementing injury prevention measures. For example, there have been multiple studies that have examined the forces exerted on the …