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Workouts to boost your corporate performance

Professional athletes must train hard and smart to be at their peak for competition. There are periods of hard training interspersed with periods of rest and recovery to prevent injury. This demanding career forces the athlete to sacrifice everything for performance.   The typical executive, by contrast, devotes almost no time to training and must perform on demand 10-14 hours a day or more.     Athletes must have: – Good vision: Besides 20/20 vision, the eye muscles must be able to move efficiently, stabilize their gaze, and change depth. That will translate into a better ability to predict the environment, which is directly associated with lower levels of stress. – Good balance: Balance is how we deal with gravity. Poor balance increases the danger of falling, which results in a certain amount of stress that will impact the forward progress of the athlete regardless of his sport of choice. -Agility: Learning a variety of movement skills is crucial to enlarging the map of movement options. If you have never practiced catching a ball while jumping sideways while looking the opposite way, and landing on one leg, chances are that the first time you try you will not be successful and may even injure yourself. Practicing it will allow the creation of neural pathways that will recognize that movement as a viable (non-threatening) option.   -Integration Skills: On top of all that, athletes are often in situations where they need a mix of everything at the same time. They need to integrate those different types of information into one relevant piece (in a sensory/motor sense) at a specific moment... read more

Why back pain keeps returning: The Vestibular System | Part II

This is the second part of Dr Eric cobb’s article in ‘PT on the net”  from February 12th Meet the Vestibular System. (…)It is imperative to have a working knowledge of the human vestibular system because it plays a key role in the spinal movement symphony (Herdman & Clendaniel, 2014). Also known as your inner ear, the human vestibular system is one of the most brilliant bio-engineering marvels on the planet. It also happens to be one of the “oldest” portions of human anatomy and its pathways, because they are related to stabilizing our vision and body and orienting us against gravity, are among the first to undergo myelinization while we are still in utero (Tecklin, 2007). What does all of that mean? It means it’s a really, really important system! How Does It Work? The vestibular system has two primary “divisions:” The Semicircular Canals The Otolith Organs (Utricle and Saccule) Working together, these two divisions comprise 5 different receptors on each side of your head that work conjointly to keep you upright and moving through the world efficiently and safely. The semicircular canals are oriented at 90 degrees to one another (think X, Y, Z axes) and they are designed to respond to ALL head and neck movements. They are also in charge of an INCREDIBLY important reflex called the Vestibulo-Ocular Reflex. The otolith organs are designed to respond to linear accelerations in all planes of movement. The utricle senses horizontal linear movement (think railroad tracks) while the saccule senses vertical movements (think elevator). The Spinal Complaint Connection When you delve into the neurology of the vestibular system... read more

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