WHY: Pain might be one of the most misunderstood topic in the fitness industry. The old mentality of “if pain presents, a referral is warranted” falls short when applied in the real world. The reality is, a lot of people are dealing with persistent pain. Most of these people will present with pain during a movement screen, but they are already cleared to exercise, the bad things have been ruled out, and they don’t warrant a referral. Understanding how pain works and how to successfully work with these people could help an entire population who are in a desperate need for increase fitness and wellbeing.
When you start to dig deeper on this topic, you start to see how these people need the same thing as your fat loss client. – Lucy Hendricks
- Why Do I Hurt by Andriaan Louw $18
- Afflicted: How Vulnerability Can Heal Medical Education and Practice by Nicole M. Piemonte $31.50 (recommended by Michelle Boland and Zac Gabor)
WHY: Nicole Piemonte explores how changes to the medical education system to include empathy, compassion, and vulnerability will help both doctors and patients with existential suffering, mortality, and illness. This was a fantastic read with great insight into the biomedical model. The book also help you reflect on your interactions with clients and athletes to engage with them as people first.
WHY: This is a two hour presentation there Zac takes you through the basics of pain science. The biggest takeaway a coach should have after this presentation is the power of their words and how that can change someone’s perspective about themselves.
- Refer In: When Trains Can Work with Clients In Pain by Zac Cupples
- You’re Hurt: Now What? By Zac Cupples
- Is it Possible That You Are Ruining Your Patient’s Lives? By Jarod Hall
WHY: Maybe your client can’t seem to find anything that doesn’t hurt, and they keep having flare ups. A referral might be warranted but do you know the difference between clinician who is a fixer vs a facilitator? Not all clinicians are equal. When a client needs a referral, make sure you know who you’re sending people to.
- Stick and Stones by Dr. Jim Heafner PT, DPT, OCS and Dr. Jarod Hall PT, DPT, OCS
- Why You Can and Should Lift Weights with A Herniated Disc by Alex Kraszewski
- Non-Specific Low Back Pain Exist. You Just Don’t Want to Admit it by Greg Lehman
Websites & Social Media Resources/Mentors (recommended by Michelle Boland)
- Dr. Zac Gabor, DPT, CSCS @simplestrengthphysio and The Level Up Initiative
- Dr. Zac Cupples, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, PRC @zaccupples and at Zac Cupples.com
- Dr. Greg Lehman, BKIN, MSC, DC, MSCPT at greglehman.ca
- Seth Oberst @sethoberst
WHY: Seth is a brilliant individual who shares his thoughts often on the brain, autonomics, stress, trauma, and movement.
- Perry Nickelston, DC @stopchasingpain
WHY: Stop Chasing Pain is one of my favorite accounts to follow. He posts consistent content about health, movement, and unorthodox perspectives.
- Zac Cupples @zaccupples
WHY: Dr. Zac Cupples is a brilliant Physical Therapist who provides an unbelievable amount of free content relating to both rehab and performance. Check out his site: Zac Cupples
- Lucy Hendricks @lucy_hendricks
WHY: Lucy is establishing herself as someone who is creating a paradigm shift in the fitness industry. She recently created a website to share information between practitioners and fields. She provides an enormous amount of free, high quality content. Check out her site: Holistic Fitness Connector
- Bill Hartman/IFAST @billhartman_net
WHY: You need to follow him, go to seminars with him, subscribe to his email list, everything. Check out his site: Bill Hartman