Random Thoughts on Core Training

3 States, 2 Countries and a Province

This article has gone a few miles. It did not take me long to write but I have been working on it for a few thousand miles.

A Favorite Spot of Mine

I first started it in Blaine, Washington, USA which is about 30 minutes from my house and is in another country and province (Surrey, British Columbia, Canada).

If I have to travel to the USA, I do what I can to leave a little earlier and visit Blaine. It is only about 30 to 60 minutes from Vancouver, Canada but it feels like a world away. It is a sleepy sea-side town and has a few of my favorite places there.

My favorite place is this coffee shop which looks over the Pacific Ocean and is in an old train caboose.  It very much reminds me of when I was a kid and had birthday parties at the old McDonald’s caboose.  Where have those things gone?  I like sitting on the deck, beside the caboose, looking over the ocean and doing a little writing – like this article.

Sadly, on this trip, the caboose was closed. I hope it is a temporary thing, but I had a plan “B”.

I headed off to the other coffee shop in town which is in the old heritage house. I was hoping I would be lucky and I would be able to get the table beside the front window which looks over to city hall and is right beside the coffee shop fireplace.

The coffee shop was abuzz this morning, which always makes writing easier.

While in the coffee shop, I worked on my presentation that I was doing this weekend in Orange County, California. It is always fun molding a presentation. It is amazing to take an idea, shape it and carve it into a specific message. I know people will learn a little and have a good chuckle.

Learning at 10,000 Feet

Next it was off to the Blaine airport and a flight down to Orange County.

This is such a cool photo but don’t know how to have it face up. Ugh.

What I have been doing of late when flying is using the time to learn. I will load up my iPhone with video presentations that I have, plus I will bring a few research articles (going through a great one on frozen shoulder.)

Let me share with you a few of the nuggets of information that I got from the 3 presentations that I viewed (I have a tough time watching one thing so I bounce around between a few).

Shatterproof Spine by John Izzo

  • John when through an example with an Oreo cookie that was priceless. Everyone talks about the discs of the spine being a jelly donut but John had a great example on how it was like an Oreo cookie.
  • John never highlighted this but he has done a lot of training with golfers and in his presentation he has a lot of great information relating to golfers and back injuries.
  • In one part of the presentation he talked about compression, rotational and shear/bending stress in golfers. He said the shear/bending stress in amateur golfers is 80% greater compared to the professional. In a traditional golf swing, there is 8 times the stress of body weight when it relates to compression stress. The greatest rotational stress in the golf swing is the transition from back swing to down swing. Very fascinating! All of these points are a great explanation of why golfers have so much lower back issues.

Post Rehab Essentials by Dean Somerset

  • Dean had a great slide on the thoracic and lumbar spine mobility which highlighted how much movement is in each of the areas of the spine.
  • He highlighted the importance of an individual’s hydration level, which can have an effect on disc space height in the spine. (Another great reason to stay hydrated).

Complete Core Training by Mike Robertson

  • Let me start off with this. I wonder how Mike sounds when he is angry? Every time I have a talk with him or watch one of his presentations, he is as calm as can be. During his presentations, he is the same way but is if full of great information.
  • He made a side comment during his presentation but I thought it was interesting. He talked about how to improve hip mobility. He suggested you work on 4 things in order to improve your hip mobility: foam roll your hip flexors, perform dynamic stretching warm ups, take your hips through full range of motion (based on your ability) when it comes to lifting (squats, dead-lifts, lunges, etc), and perform static stretching at night.
  • Mike also talked about the movement in the spine, especially rotation. He highlighted the rotation that the lumbar spine has is 10 to 15 degrees while the thoracic spine has about 70 degrees. If your client needs to improve spinal rotation, it is best to work on the thoracic spine and not the lumbar spine for rotational improvement.

There was a lot more in each of the presentations but those are a few things that stood out.

After about three hours, I was in Cali.

I was sad to have the learning end but happy to be able to squeeze out between two of the worst airplane passengers (Ms. Grumpy and Mr. Bumper).

I learned a lot on that flight and can’t wait for the flight back.

I think that is it.

It looks like my presentation time has changed and I will be talking Friday afternoon so I have to get working on it.

Have a great Friday and we will talk to you next week.

Rick Kaselj, MS