The Importance of Isometrics

An isometric contraction is a static form of exercise in which a muscle contracts to produce force without an appreciable change in muscle length and without visible joint movement1 We learn these basic concepts in school and are told to provide these types of interventions during the early phases of rehabilitation, but do we truly understand the…

Evidence-Based Strength Training: Gluteus Maximus

To build upon my previous post regarding Evidence-based Strength Training of the Gluteus Medius, I wrote the following article for MedBridge Education... Pain and Gluteal Strength The gluteal musculature has been implicated in many different pathologies due to its potential impact on lower extremity biomechanics. During weight bearing, the femur moves about a fixed patella and therefore excessive…

Evidence-Based Strength Training: Scapulothoracic Musculature, Part 1

In the next installment of the Evidence-Based Strength Training Series for MedBridge Education, we are going to take a look at the often-neglected scapulothoracic musculature... Typically when considering the management of painful upper quarter conditions, local exercise and manual therapy interventions are employed judiciously. However, when utilizing a proper movement assessment or regional interdependence philosophy, impairments…