| Ep 484 – Tendon Tensegrity & Rec Sports w/ Dr. Matt Zanis

Author / Cali Hinzman

30 Min Listen

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

Hey John and Tex. My name’s Alex. I’m from Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. 5 months ago, I suffered a knee injury playing basketball. Basically, the guy went for my pump and the post and while I was in the air, he decided that my back was good Landing place to to catch his balance under his weight my knee ended up caving down and then I went to the my PCP and chiropractor. They both evaluated the need and assess no major structural damage to my knee or any of its tendons or ligaments. I never received any specific diagnosis of the knee injury.

However, when I dynamically load the knee in agility drills, it’s as if my brain starts throwing up huge road blocks. I’ve been getting stiffness behind the knee and into my upper calf area anytime I try to push it with any type of the jumping sprinting. It’s not unbearable but consistent and it shows up after every time I try to do these types of exercises. My question is how do I begin to bridge the gap back sports?

It is important to remember that aging and growing old are not necessarily the same.

Plenty of benefits of getting after it in Rec Sports:
1) disguising conditioning as competition
2) quoting Danny Glover from Lethal Weapon once a week
3) letting loose the wolf inside you were hiding from your family

What ruins this experience is the person who pretends this is their Super Bowl or when someone uses your body to break their fall, like this week’s Power Athlete Radio caller.

Dr. Matt Zanis joins John and Tex to discuss the movement compensation patterns for the 30+ athlete, biopsychosocial components of returning from injury, plus training through rehab into the weight room, and eventually back to the social sport arena. Excellent discussion aimed at understanding knee injury mechanisms, what rehabilitation movements to avoid, and which ones to integrate to enhance the tensegrity of the lower leg. No, we’re not making up words, but we’re still having fun.

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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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