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

Author / John

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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John Welbourn is CEO of Power Athlete and Fuse Move. He is also creator of the online training phenomena, Johnnie WOD. He is a 9 year veteran of the NFL. John was drafted with the 97th pick in 1999 NFL Draft and went on to be a starter for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1999-2003, appearing in 3 NFC Championship games, and for starter for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2004-2007. In 2008, he played with the New England Patriots until an injury ended his season early with him retiring in 2009. Over the course of his career, John has started over 100 games and has 10 play-off appearances. He was a four year lettermen while playing football at the University of California at Berkeley. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Rhetoric in 1998. John has worked with the MLB, NFL, NHL, Olympic athletes and Military. He travels the world lecturing on performance and nutrition for Power Athlete. You can catch up with John as his personal blog on training, food and life, Talk To Me Johnnie and at Power Athlete.

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