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Dr. Fergus Connolly on the Resilient Performance Podcast

Dr. Fergus Connolly is the Performance Director for University of Michigan Football. Prior to joining UM, Connolly spent two seasons with the San Francisco 49ers as Director of Elite Performance. Connolly has also worked as a performance consultant for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Cleveland Browns, New York Knicks, and multiple English Premier League, Australian Rules, and professional rugby teams. He also served as sports science director with the Welsh Rugby Union and was Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Bolton Wanderers FC.

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Resources For Sports Clinicians

Sports-minded physical therapists and clinical students interested in movement often ask us what resources we recommend to compliment their formal education. Clinical programs generally do a commendable job teaching anatomy, biomechanics, medical screening, and rehabilitation protocols. Consequently, these subjects aren’t the focus of the list below. Entry-level rehabilitation and sports medicine programs are often lacking, however, in performance-oriented content. In sport, regaining “normal” function after an injury generally doesn’t constitute sufficient preparation, especially as normative standards for physical capacity continue to decline. The line between rehabilitation and performance is an arbitrary one determined mainly by political and financial incentives and educational limitations, not best practice.
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Jack Murphy on the Resilient Performance Podcast

Jack Murphy is an eight year Army Special Operations veteran who served as a Sniper and Team Leader in 3rd Ranger Battalion and as a Senior Weapons Sergeant on a Military Free Fall team in 5th Special Forces Group. Having left the military in 2010, he graduated from Columbia with a BA in political science. Murphy is the author of Reflexive Fire, Target Deck, Direct Action, and numerous non-fiction articles about Weapons, Tactics, Special Operations, Terrorism, and Counter-Terrorism. He has appeared in documentaries, national television, and syndicated radio.

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Physical Preparation Podcast with Trevor Rappa and Greg Spatz

Just last week, Resilient’s Trevor Rappa and Greg Spatz were guests on the popular Physical Preparation Podcast hosted by Mike Robertson. Click the button below to read more and listen to the episode…

Here’s the episode outline:

  • MR’s Monologue: You Get Paid for DONE
  • How Trevor and Greg originally met, and got into the world of physical preparation.
  • Their career paths, and how they ultimately came together (along with Doug Kechijian) to form Resilient.
  • The role of the physical therapist under the umbrella of “physical preparation.”
  • Why the next wave of physical therapists will focus not only on treatment, but an understanding of performance as well.
  • Their dynamic assessment process, and why they focus on getting their patients moving as quickly as possible.
  • Is there such a thing as “perfect movement?” And if not, what should we be striving for?
  • The realities of running a cash-based physical therapy business in New York City.
  • The BIG Question.
  • The always entertaining lightning round where we discuss how they make Resilient work (and Doug’s resemblance to every 80’s movie star), the books they’re into right now, the advice they’d give to someone who wants to go to PT school, and what’s next for the boys at Resilient (Spoiler Alert: BIG THINGS!!!)


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Why “Just Stretch Your Hamstrings” Is Bad Advice

There was a time- perhaps we’re still living it- when hamstring stretching was a panacea in physio.  Then research elucidated the motor control function of the hamstring at the pelvis and knee and hamstring stretching became “bad”; the implication being that stretching “weakened” the hamstrings.  Then physios came to the defense of hamstring stretching with histological data demonstrating that the duration and force required to “lengthen” and “weaken” the hamstrings is so substantial that hamstring stretching in isolation is unlikely to alter hip and knee mechanics.  Alas, the popular narrative in physio now seems to be “stretch anything as much as you want if you enjoy it”.  This advice is misguided.

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