Emily and I leave for Italy on Wednesday for 10 days, but before we leave I wanted to let you know that Joe Heiler recently released the interview we did as part of his 2016 Sports Rehab to Sports Performance Teleseminar.

In the interview, we discussed a lot about the evolution of my training philosophy and preventing hip injuries, including:

  • How I first got interested in addressing movement quality in our training programs
  • How to balance movement capacity training with “performance” training
  • Why Tabata’s are stupid (or at least a misnomer)
  • Keys to building (physically and psychologically) resilient athletes
  • Common hip injuries and what we’re doing to prevent them
  • A case study of a NCAA D1 college player that cancelled his hip surgery

This is just a snapshot. Joe also posted an article I wrote on developing explosive power for hockey. All of this is available for FREE right now. I’m genuinely not sure when he’ll pull this down, so check out the link below to get access today.

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“Kevin Neeld is one of the top 5-6 strength and conditioning coaches in the ice hockey world.”
– Mike Boyle, Head S&C Coach, US Women’s Olympic Team

“…if you want to be the best, Kevin is the one you have to train with”
– Brijesh Patel, Head S&C Coach, Quinnipiac University

I say this every year, but once again my friend Joe Heiler from Sports Rehab Expert is putting together an awesome teleseminar series with some of the world’s top professionals in sports rehabilitation and performance training known as the 2016 Sports Rehab to Sports Performance Teleseminar.

Sports Rehab Expert

The series starts this coming Tuesday (March 8th) at 8pm EST, and will feature a new guest speaker each week. The best part is that the interviews are completely FREE.

Each Tuesday Joe will email you a link where you can catch the interviews. You don’t need to be online at the time of the call to get access to it. The interviews will be recorded and available for another 2 weeks from that point.

I like these interviews because they always dive into a lot of content; they’re not just glorified sales pitches. I actually have a playlist on my phone that has a lot of interviews from the last 7 years that I’ll return back to during my drive in from work or on flights.

Register for FREE here >> 2016 Sports Rehab to Sports Performance Teleseminar

Possibly because of my unbridled enthusiasm for this series, this year Joe asked me to be a guest.
In the interview we discuss:
  • Why a lot of people are missing the boat when training to prevent injuries
  • Training methods that have fallen out of favor in the last 8 years (including some of the limitations of concurrent periodization, and why tabata’s are ridiculous)
  • Why you should never ask if an exercise is “good” again
  • The biggest challenge I face in coaching athletes
  • The current research on hockey hip injuries, and a case study of how I helped a Division 1 collage player stave off surgery
  • How we set up our business to allow us to successfully implement individualized programs in a group setting
Check out the rest of this year’s line-up!

  1. Charlie Weingroff – developing training systems with Canada basketball, ‘one shot – one kill’ using the SFMA, and the benefits for PT’s and patients of developing an out-of-network practice.
  2. Mike Reinold – creating your practice around your core values, upper quarter assessment emphasizing shoulder elevation, and return to play criteria.
  3. Rob Panariello and Al Vermeil – athletic development hierarchy and discussions on developing movement efficiency, strength, elastic qualities, speed, and more…
  4. Quinn Henoch – mobility and stability requirements for weight lifting, injury prevention in a sport that focuses on loading, and the Jefferson Curl as a possibility for developing spinal resiliency.
  5. Zac Cupples – learning the PRI system, utilizing PRI in professional basketball, repositioning tricks with challenging patients, favorite manual and non-manual techniques, and more…
  6. Kyle Kiesel – Selective Functional Movement Assessment updates, keys to learning the system, finding the key dysfunction,  as well as an update on the research and his treatment of athletic low back pain.
  7. Mike Voight – developing the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) model, the role of the SFMA, mobility/stability requirements for swinging a club, common injuries and solutions, and more…
  8. Mike Robertson – growing IFAST and valuable lessons learned, finding that ‘sweet spot’ between hard training and injury prevention, as well as some favorite correctives and hard core lifts.

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Kevin Neeld
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“Kevin Neeld is one of the top 5-6 strength and conditioning coaches in the ice hockey world.”
– Mike Boyle, Head S&C Coach, US Women’s Olympic Team

“…if you want to be the best, Kevin is the one you have to train with”
– Brijesh Patel, Head S&C Coach, Quinnipiac University

One of my favorite things about the “Throwback Thursday” process is that I have an opportunity to re-read some of my older work. Aside from picking up some information that I may have forgotten about, it also allows me to reflect on where I was at in my education at the time of writing it, and what, if anything, has changed since.

Today’s post comes from 2011, when I was very early in my journey of digging into the Postural Restoration Institute’s information.

Nearly 4 years later, my assessment process has evolved significantly. Nonetheless, the pervasive predictable asymmetries discussed in this post continue to present themselves, and are one of the primary things I look at in designing training programs. I even reported some of the results of my “corrective” approach, particularly as it pertains to improving hip mobility in hockey players, in Ultimate Hockey Transformation.

Check out the post below and let me know if you have any questions in the comments section below!

The Myth of Symmetry

Over the last couple weeks, I’ve been doing a lot of hip assessments at Endeavor Sports Performance on our incoming hockey players before they start their off-season training programs. The results of these assessments have shed light on the significant variations in hip structure and range of motion within (side-to-side differences) and among (differences from one player to the other) hockey players. Last week, I also started to dive into the Postural Restoration Institute‘s Postural Respiration home study course.

Over/Under on number of weekends I can spend going through 16-hour PRI home study courses before I wake up and find my Facebook relationship status has changed to “single”: 2

An underlying assumption of many hockey training programs is that players are entering the program in a state of symmetry. In recognition of the idea that side-to-side imbalances are one of the greatest injury risk factors, most training programs have the same number of sets and reps for each exercise on each side of the body or in each direction (depending on the exercise).  Somewhat in contrast, in the past I would have said with great confidence that an underlying goal of a training program is to restore symmetry across joints and between sides of the body using asymmetrical programming. An illustration of this thought process lies in the idea that players rotate thousands of times more in one direction to shoot the puck than they do the opposite direction. As a result, doing horizontal rotation or “anti-rotation” exercises emphasizing the opposite direction will help restore symmetry across the involved joints and muscle groups. Still, this presumes that, in the absence of hockey, the players would be symmetrical.

Thousands of high velocity unilateral rotations result in structural and neurological asymmetries

In reality, there are a number of structural and pattern-driven asymmetries that affect hockey players that warrant improved awareness. This includes, but is not limited to:

  1. The left thoracic cavity houses the heart and pericardium; the right is wide open
  2. The right diaphragm leaflet is 2/3 larger than the left
  3. The right lung has 3 lobes; the left lunge has 2
  4. There is a liver on the right that is not on the left
  5. The vagus nerve extends longer on the right than the left

Note the side to side differences between the left and right hemi-diaphragms

From a movement pattern standpoint, we’re a very right-side dominant society. We have a greater tendency to shift weight onto our right leg, reach with our right hand, etc. (You’re probably in a state of left external thoracic rotation using your right hand to control your computer mouse, tracking pad, ipad or cell phone right now!). This leads people to a state whereby they:

  1. Are in a position of right weight shift, which can result in an increase in right foot supination and left foot pronation
  2. Are in a position of relative left hip flexion, external rotation, and abduction, and right hip extension, internal rotation and adduction
  3. Are in a position of right pelvic orientation and left thoracic rotation
  4. Present with a lower right shoulder compared to the left
  5. Have a left rib flare and decreased left zone of apposition with a concomitant chronic state of insufficient exhalation

The combined effect of these structural and patterned asymmetries has profound performance implications. To be clear, the structural asymmetries are built into our system and are necessary for proper function. The goal is never to “eliminate” them (which would be impossible), but rather to ensure that they remain in as close to a state of NEUTRALITY as possible. In other words, we aren’t symmetrical, but we can be neutral. The major paradigm shift here is that neutral is in a relative state of asymmetry and that the goal of systematic asymmetrical programming is to restore neutrality to the player, not symmetry.

A more comprehensive understanding of these asymmetries provides incredible explanatory power for why hockey players have such a significant prevalence of injuries such as CAM impingement, adductor strains, sports hernias, and SI joint instabilities. It also explains why we see more CAM impingements and sports hernias on the right side, and hip adductor/flexor strains on the left side. Most importantly, it provides a framework from which assessments can be designed to identify these non-neutralities and exercise progressions can be implemented to bring the player to a more optimal alignment.

If you’re interested in learning more about the Postural Restoration Institute or how structural asymmetries influence performance, I highly recommend you check out the interview with PRI founder Ron Hruska that Joe Heiler did as part of the 2011 Sports Rehab to Sports Performance Teleseminar. Joe is selling all of the audios as a package for $29.99, but you could always just grab a membership to his site for $1 (14-day trial then $9.95/month after) and listen to them that way (it’ll save you a couple bucks). Either way, it’ll be well worth the investment. I’ve listened to the Hruska interview at least 5 times and there are a few others that have received similar playing time. Click the image below to check out SportsRehabExpert!

Check back in a couple days for an easy way to assess for a structural hip abnormality that a lot of hockey players have, but don’t know about!

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Kevin Neeld
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“Kevin Neeld is one of the top 5-6 strength and conditioning coaches in the ice hockey world.”
– Mike Boyle, Head S&C Coach, US Women’s Olympic Team

“…if you want to be the best, Kevin is the one you have to train with”
– Brijesh Patel, Head S&C Coach, Quinnipiac University

As I’ve said in the past, this is my favorite time of year. For the 7th consecutive year, my friend Joe Heiler from Sports Rehab Expert is putting together an awesome teleseminar series with some of the world’s top professionals in sports rehabilitation and performance training known as the 2015 Sports Rehab to Sports Performance Teleseminar.

Sports Rehab Expert

The series starts Tuesday, January 27th at 8pm EST, and will feature a new guest speaker each weeks. The best part is that the interviews are completely FREE.

Each Tuesday Joe will email you a link where you can catch the interviews.  You don’t need to be online at the time of the call to get access to it. The interviews will be recorded and available for another 2 weeks from that point.

The speakers always deliver great content, as Joe asks really good questions. In fact, I still have some of these interviews saved on my computer from years ago and re-listen to them pretty frequently.

Register for FREE here >> 2015 Sports Rehab to Sports Performance Teleseminar

Check out this year’s line-up!
  1. Charlie Weingroff – Motor skill acquisition and long term development, movement competency, and high performance programs
  2. Donald Chu – The foremost authority on plyometric training discusses potential benefits, progressions, injury prevention, and more
  3. Derek Hansen – Speed development qualities, hamstring injury mechanics and running rehab, front side vs. back side mechanics
  4. Mike Cantrell – Exploring the mechanics behind sports hernia, FAI, and shoulder impingement through the PRI lens.
  5. Rob Panariello – Single limb vs. bilateral training, Olympic lifts during performance training and rehab
  6. Phil Plisky – Injury risk/prevention research, the state of current prevention programs, UE stability testing, and what’s new with the SFMA.
  7. Gary Gray – Applied Functional Science (AFS) and it’s principles, functional soft tissue transformation, and functional movement screening systems
  8. Linda Joy Lee – Thoracic Rings Approach and the Integrated Systems Model, finding the meaningful task and primary driver
  9. Sarah MottramKinetic Control system, understanding the biomechanics of normal and abnormal function, and motor control retraining of uncontrolled movement
  10. Chris and Jennifer Poulin – PRI principles in sports performance and injury prevention programs

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Kevin Neeld
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“Kevin Neeld is one of the top 5-6 strength and conditioning coaches in the ice hockey world.”
– Mike Boyle, Head S&C Coach, US Women’s Olympic Team

“…if you want to be the best, Kevin is the one you have to train with”
– Brijesh Patel, Head S&C Coach, Quinnipiac University

It’s that time of year again! My friend Joe Heiler from Sports Rehab Expert puts together a yearly teleseminar series with some of the world’s top professionals in sports rehabilitation and performance training known as the Sports Rehab to Sports Performance Teleseminar. As I’ve mentioned to you in the past, this quickly became one of my favorite resources because:

  1. The speakers are amazing every year
  2. It’s completely free to listen

Sports Rehab Expert

My commute to work is significantly shorter than it used to be (commuting to South Jersey from Baltimore was a grind), but I still spend about 6 hours per week in the car. I was convinced very early in my career that if I was going to spend any appreciable amount of time in the car (in this case, ~300 hours/year…on work commuting alone), I would make the most of this time by listening to interviews, audio books, etc. so I could continue learning even while sitting in traffic. This teleseminar series features many of the world’s foremost experts in the full spectrum of performance enhancement. In past years I’ve picked up great tips about assessments, corrective exercise, exercise selection, and programming considerations in general. Maybe more importantly, there is inherent value in listening to how successful professionals approach their work. I’ve gone back to several of the interviews from years past and listened to them multiple times.

I don’t know if this series really gets better and better every year or if Joe just happens to pick a speaker line-up that closely follows my current interests, but the group he has for this year is unbelievable. Check out who will be on the calls:

  1. Ron Hruska – PRI philosophy, goals, and teaching/training the squat pattern
  2. Val Nasedkin – Omegawave technology and the sciences of recovery and readiness
  3. Andreo Spina – Functional Anatomy Seminars, Functional Range Conditioning, BioFlow Anatomy, and more
  4. Phil Plisky – Injury prediction and prevention, the Y Balance Test, and when to return to play?
  5. Mark Comerford – Kinetic Control system, understanding the biomechanics of normal and abnormal function, and motor control retraining of uncontrolled movement
  6. Gray Cook – the history of the Functional Movement Screen (FMS), research and injury prediction, and developing effective training programs
  7. Linda Joy Lee – the Thoracic Rings Approach and the Integrated Systems Model, finding the meaningful task and primary driver
  8. Kyle Kiesel – the evolution of the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), and the importance of a movement model to guide assessment and treatment.
  9. Kevin Wilk – Shoulder evaluation and treatment strategies, dynamic stabilization for the shoulder, and what does the research and clinical experience say about treating scapular dyskinesis and GIRD.
  10. Charlie Weingroff, Patrick Ward, and Nick Winkelman – Strength and Conditioning Roundtable: Advances in training and performance.

Typically there are a few talks that I’m especially interested in, but this year i can honestly say I’m looking forward to all of them. If you’re at all involved in rehabilitation, training, or coaching industries, I would encourage you to sign up for this series. You will absorb a ton of incredibly valuable information, and it’s 100% free!

Click here to register >> 2014 Sports Rehab to Sports Performance Teleseminar

The series starts next week (January 28th) so make sure you register today!

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Kevin Neeld
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