Athletes and Body Work

Playing in the outdoors safely

»Posted by on Jan 13, 2012 in Athletes and Body Work | 0 comments

So many people are playing in the backcountry. But there is a lot to know to make sure there is a return trip. Learn about avalanche safety at this class in Tahoe City.

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How to train for a triathlon

»Posted by on Jun 17, 2011 in Athletes and Body Work | 0 comments

By Gale Bernhardt, Active.com Training for a triathlon is easier than you might think—even if you currently have zero fitness. Yes, that’s right, with no current fitness you can be ready to do your first triathlon in only 12 weeks. And you don’t have to give up your life, or your bank account, to make it happen. Read the whole story

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Cycling through rural El Dorado County

»Posted by on Jun 13, 2011 in Athletes and Body Work | 0 comments

Looking for a bike ride near Placerville? Check out this story on Lake Tahoe News.

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Cycling lecture in Tahoe

»Posted by on May 11, 2011 in Athletes and Body Work | 0 comments

Proper mechanics in cycling are important. You might want to think about attending this lecture: http://www.laketahoenews.net/2011/05/lecture-focuses-on-healthy-cycling/.

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Issues invovling the shoulder complex

»Posted by on Apr 26, 2011 in Athletes and Body Work | 0 comments

In an email from Erik Dalton, executive director of the Freedom From Pain Institute: The label “shoulder complex” appropriately describes the complexities encountered when dealing with pain in this commonly dysfunctional area. Comprised of three joints and one primary articulation, the bones are moved by a complex array of twenty muscles that, when functioning properly, permit the greatest mobility of any joint in the body. The three primary muscles supporting the shoulder complex are pectoralis minor, subclavius, and teres minor — but don’t let the names fool you. They are neither substandard nor minor in their effects on the shoulder. Clearly, these pivot muscles set the position of the shoulder so larger muscles with greater leverage (lats, traps, pecs, and delts) can perform gross movements at the shoulder and arm. However, when underlying core pivot muscles spasm from tension, trauma or poor posture, fascial contractures bind down associated joints leading to reflexogenic muscle guarding and formation of neurologic pain/spasm/pain cycles. This ultimately triggers a wide array of shoulder complaints whose exact nature depends on the individual’s pattern usage. Enhancing performance in sports and daily activity is determined entirely by neuromuscular efficiency and metabolic vitality. For maximum proficiency, a muscle’s reaction force must be effectively transferred through the kinetic chain at a velocity consistent with the requisite movement speeds of the activity. This is accomplished, in part, through neutralizing and stabilizing muscles that precisely control reaction force across joints and accelerate or decelerate movement to fulfill the desired outcome. For example, during a tennis serve, power generated by the shoulder must follow a kinetic chain beginning with energy produced by the legs, trunk and back. Since the muscle mass of the shoulder is relatively small, if inadequate momentum is generated by the preceding links in the kinetic chain, the shoulder has to play ‘catch-up’ and generate power rather than acting as a force regulator. Consequently, improving muscle/joint function in the four Spring Systems of the legs, lumbars and trunk stabilizers reduces the incidence of rotator-cuff, ligament, and joint capsule injuries. Bottom line: Efficient movement requires each muscle to produce, reduce, and amplify forces at any given joint through proprioceptive management of the action (including postural equilibrium). The reflexogenic relationship of muscles and joints is the core of the myoskeletal method. Biomechanical assessment of specific joints will help determine the presence of soft tissue injuries. In skilled hands joint mobilization combined with myofascial balancing provides crucial and effective modalities for injury prevention and sports...

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Issues involving the shoulder complex

»Posted by on Mar 2, 2010 in Athletes and Body Work | 0 comments

In an email from Erik Dalton, executive director of the Freedom From Pain Institute: The label “shoulder complex” appropriately describes the complexities encountered when dealing with pain in this commonly dysfunctional area. Comprised of three joints and one primary articulation, the bones are moved by a complex array of twenty muscles that, when functioning properly, permit the greatest mobility of any joint in the body. The three primary muscles supporting the shoulder complex are pectoralis minor, subclavius, and teres minor — but don’t let the names fool you. They are neither substandard nor minor in their effects on the shoulder. Clearly, these pivot muscles set the position of the shoulder so larger muscles with greater leverage (lats, traps, pecs, and delts) can perform gross movements at the shoulder and arm. However, when underlying core pivot muscles spasm from tension, trauma or poor posture, fascial contractures bind down associated joints leading to reflexogenic muscle guarding and formation of neurologic pain/spasm/pain cycles. This ultimately triggers a wide array of shoulder complaints whose exact nature depends on the individual’s pattern usage. Enhancing performance in sports and daily activity is determined entirely by neuromuscular efficiency and metabolic vitality. For maximum proficiency, a muscle’s reaction force must be effectively transferred through the kinetic chain at a velocity consistent with the requisite movement speeds of the activity. This is accomplished, in part, through neutralizing and stabilizing muscles that precisely control reaction force across joints and accelerate or decelerate movement to fulfill the desired outcome. For example, during a tennis serve, power generated by the shoulder must follow a kinetic chain beginning with energy produced by the legs, trunk and back. Since the muscle mass of the shoulder is relatively small, if inadequate momentum is generated by the preceding links in the kinetic chain, the shoulder has to play ‘catch-up’ and generate power rather than acting as a force regulator. Consequently, improving muscle/joint function in the four Spring Systems of the legs, lumbars and trunk stabilizers reduces the incidence of rotator-cuff, ligament, and joint capsule injuries. Bottom line: Efficient movement requires each muscle to produce, reduce, and amplify forces at any given joint through proprioceptive management of the action (including postural equilibrium). The reflexogenic relationship of muscles and joints is the core of the myoskeletal method. Biomechanical assessment of specific joints will help determine the presence of soft tissue injuries. In skilled hands joint mobilization combined with myofascial balancing provides crucial and effective modalities for injury prevention and sports...

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