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

Author / John

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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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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