From Back Pain to the Winner's Podium

Dr. Stuart McGill

Success in restoring athleticism for the back pained athlete requires a thorough assessment to understand the cause, followed by a systematic and appropriate plan. I wish it were simple but it is not. Examples from many athletes are used to illustrate the process which is different for everyone, including pitfalls and unusual successes.

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Course Syllabus

The course is an amalgam fusing 30 years of investigating the issues of assessing pain pathways and limiters of performance with clinical work on a broad spectrum of athletes. Examples of pain pathways form the foundation for assessment approaches to reveal the best approach to remove the cause and then build a foundation for pain-free activity. Once the pain is under control, phase 2 begins where performance is restored by first identifying the demands of the sport and the current capabilities of the person. Then program design focusses on what they need but do not have for optimal resilience and performance.
The approach recognizes that every client-athlete is an individual with a defining injury history (back issues in this case), base athleticism, trainability and adaptability, and unique anatomy, neurology, psychology, to name a few. Specific topics will be discussed using examples that include densifying neural drive for more strength and speed, mechanostimulation to create specific tissue adaptation, selecting specific programs for specific subcategories of athletes (for example the endurance vs the explosive). Note that these training approaches are not for the average person who is not expert with understanding biological capacity, processes of adaptation, injury mechanisms, migration of stress with posture change, role of fascia and mental focus to name a few. They will get hurt.

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