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Controlling Extension: Is it really all that bad?

One of my distance clients from outside of the country asked a really, really good question in between his thesis working hours. The concept is so important that I thought it warranted its own article.

How do you know what positional errors to allow your client to make? How do you know what you should write in their program? You have to know about controlling extension.

His original prompt was:

What is actually the concept of controlling extension? Is it when someone is still extended and tries to not let it get worse during an exercise? Will this not feed into this pattern?

Let’s dive into it.

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Weekend Reads: Brain Stimulation and Rationalization

I feel like most of these “weekend reads” tend to not be reads at all. But they’re still good! This week we have a listen and a read for you. Pick your poison.


9-Volt Nirvana

One of my professors at IUPUI used a lot of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) in his motor control lab. This talk show discusses a similar topic. They use Transcranial Direct-Current Stimulation (TDCS) for training: learn quicker, see better, things like that. Very interesting idea.


Rationalizing Your Diet

I’m not as up on nutrition research as I am on movement-related stuff, but I enjoyed this post from Pat Davidson where he outlines what he eats and why he eats it.

The reason I share this is not for the accuracy or inaccuracy of his science. I could care less about that. What I want is the justification of your decisions.

I just had a talk the other day with my co-workers about this. Three years ago, we were sure we were right. Then we learned some new stuff, and now we’re sure we were wrong three years ago. Not completely wrong, but enough.

But are we helping people? You bet. Are we doing it better than most? You bet. Will we continue to grow? You bet.

Your short-term duty is to provide rationale. Your long-term duty is to refine your rationale.

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