| Ep 460 – The Grift of Injury w/ Dr Matt Zanis

Author / Cali Hinzman

50 Min Listen

In this episode the Crew dials the voicemail to answer a question from a loyal Power Athlete Radio listener:

Hello, my name is Jack. Some background: I’m 6’4″, 210, 27 years old. I’ve been following third monkey and JohnnieBOD since about March. I got a spondy on my back around the L5 S1 area. I was never really flexible at 6’4″ , I couldn’t dunk. My back is a lot better. I’ve been really enjoying the third monkey programming but I’ve always been dead. I’m still poor at squatting and deadlifting. I only because of my size but because of my back injury history and I’m just not that flexible or good at it yet.

So the question I have for you is what do you do with athletes who have that kind of back injury history? And how do you get them better under the bar or with a kettlebell or what?

I know you’re a big fan of the one-legged seesaw and dead bugs to help train that posture in position. But I really struggled taking those movements off and then moving them from a single leg to bilateral or from the floor to the the standing up. One thing is if you’re asking what Primal movement in the worst at it’s the step-up. My knee immediately caved in and going and descending doesn’t look good at all. But I really appreciate your guys and thoughts on how you take how you take athletes with back injuries and get them under the bar. Thank you guys so much. This is really great.

The Grift of Injury

The chronic pain treatment industry is a 100 billion dollar industry selling pseudo-interventions putting a hurting on our wallets! The relationship between pain and movement is super intriguing. Influences on pain are widely varied, ranging from social context, belief systems, blood flow, anxiety, inflammation, and in the case of this podcast’s caller, freaking Spondylosis!

Pain is complicated, so John and Tex send a lifeline to Dr. Matt Zanis to explain Spondy and discuss movement solutions for athletes training with chronic back pain. This Crew episode is loaded with movement solutions, programming, and ‘just tell me what to do’ training advice for anyone dealing with back pain.

Read Now: How Pain Affects Movement by Dr Matt Zanis

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Cali Hinzman

A strength and conditioning coach since 2009, Cali has worked with numerous athletes spanning from rugby players to cross country skiers. Almost immediately after finding CrossFit in 2010, she was introduced to a program that better suited her athletic goals. With her existing background in powerlifting and football, she became a natural devotee to CFFB/PowerAthlete and testament to it's effectiveness. In 2012, she left D.C. and headed for the state named after her to be a part of the CrossFit Football Seminar Staff and a Jedi of Power Athlete HQ. Cali currently resides in Seattle where she works full time in law enforcement.


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