Hola, "You can find me in St. Louis..."
Hope everyone has had a good first month of school.
The past weekend was a blast for me because it featured the
Shoulder Seminar by the Motion Palpation Institute in St. Louis.
I've been looking forward to this seminar since I heard about it in
the winter. I've played a variety of throwing sports and I have
previous injuries to my shoulder with pitching and catching in my
younger baseball days. In fact, I had to 'retire' from baseball in
10th grade because my shoulder couldn't hold up anymore. Thus, my
interest in being able to treat the shoulder and baseball/softball
athletes has always intrigued me.
Caleb, Kendall and I shared wheels down to St. Louis on Friday
night after a few epic games of sand volleyball at National. I
think long car rides with friends from school is a very underrated
portion of away seminars. Reasoning is we bounce ideas and future
plans off each other the whole car ride down. One of the big things
I took away was how I can change my setup on a seated CT
adjustment to get better cavitations and increase patient
comfort. Caleb explained he was watching Dr. King, arguably the
best adjuster in the world (Dr. Elder don't take offense!), and
noticed his non-contact hand was doing a motion they didn't usually
teach but nonetheless made the adjustment more effective. Awesome.
The seminar had been worth it and I hadn't checked in yet!
The 2-day seminar featured a variety of presentations from Brett
Winchester, DC, and Corey Campbell, DC, as well as special
presentations for an orthopedic surgeon, an ex-softball DC, and two
ex-MLB pitchers. This was apparently a Master's Series seminar, so
there was WAY more information than a usual seminar. I wish there
was a bit more chiropractic thrown in on the first day, but on the
second day, being able to complete functional screens on two great
college pitchers and improving their future performance was worth
It's going to be a great niche to now have the ability to go to
any coach and say, "I can screen your athletes and tell you which
ones are more at risk for anything from SLAP tears, rotator cuff
problems, and tommy john surgery."
If you put a gun to my head and asked me to tell you the top
three functional screens to run on any athlete they would be:
- Glenohumoral Internal Rotation Test
- Quadreped Test in both coronal and saggital planes
- 6-8in step-downs
Well, that's it for me. Hope everyone has a great homecoming
National University's swan parents welcomed
four new cygnets last week. Here they are!
You can also watch a video of the little ones on
our Facebook page.