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Today's Quick Links come from Chris Johnson, Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy, and LEAF Lifestyle via youtube.

Chris Johnson, PT specializes in treatment of athletes using an evidence lead and eclectic approach. No wonder we get along! Check out this video he posted on his youtube channel on hurdle stepping. Just like the HS test, it is a movement pattern that is difficult to perform correctly. Chris makes it look easy with his smooth, machine like movement!

Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy is a brand new PT blog started by John Snyder, SPT, CSCS, a student at the University of Pittsburgh. He asks a very good question that I often wonder, Manual Therapy...Why the Apprehension? He goes on to write a post with some of the same references I use in my spinal manip courses. Great job and great blog! We need more PT blogs out there!

Caught this video by Leaf Lifestyle on youtube while I was looking for kettlebell exercises. It's a fun variation on presses using multiplanar movements and incorporating thoracic rotation. When I get a matching 35 and 45# bell, I'm going to incorporate these in between my swing intervals!


  1. critterchristopherAugust 17, 2012 at 12:38 PM


    Thanks so much for the shout out. I really enjoy all of the content that you put out and the contributions you have made to the field. Keep up the great work. I have also been using the EDGE and really like it too (I owe you a testimonial too which I haven't forgotten about).

    With re: to the drill that you reposted, it's one of those movements that seems trivial until you try it. I use this all time for to address injured runners and it is one of my criteria before I can safely return someone to running...balancing through the big toe in a balanced manner. It calls on arm and leg synchrony, adequate great toe dorsiflexion (at least 40 degrees needed for the running cyle), takes advantage of the windlass mechanism, and challenges postural stability. Happy weekend and always look forward to what you are gonna post next.


  2. What percentage of runners do you find unable to perform this? I'll be sure to feature more of your videos!

  3. critterchristopherAugust 17, 2012 at 3:54 PM

    Anecdotally, ~75% of runners fail to properly execute this drill. What's really interesting is that most of them tend to flex the ipsilateral hip and shoulder rather than exhibit proper arm and leg synchrony. It's amazing what happens to motor patterns at different velocities. I always learn a lot when slowing things down with runners. It's amazing to see the extent of postural stability issues in this group of athletes. Then again, when we think back to junior high and high school and consider the cross country runners, most of them were not motor control masters right? Hope you are about to start your weekend if you have not already done so.

  4. When I got this reply we were in the middle of packing up after being at Disneyworld for a week, so I had to stop and ask myself, start the weekend? I have one day off tomorrow, but I will be screening my latest lat shift case as she is back to running while I was gone. Thanks for the idea!