What is Function? Part 3

by Gary Gray |  Date Released : 01 Jan 2004

The Litmus Test for Function – Tests 4-6.

  • Bodyweight/Free Weight vs. External Load 
    •  “The Tweak of Loading”
    • Defining function based on the function of activity
    • Pulley Pitfalls – Are we confusing gravity?
    • If you let it go… it should hit the ground!
  • Stabilization – Static vs. Motion
    • Safety vs. Function – when to stabilize, when not.
    • How functional are sit-ups?
    • Pilates – Beneficial? Maybe. Functional??? Maybe not.
  • Subconscious vs. Conscious
    • Is the activity subconsciously “reactive”?
    • Paralysis by analysis – Want to ruin a golfer? Get them to think about their golf swing.
    • Goal: Become conscious of what’s going on… so we can guide our clients in subconscious ways!
    • VMO, Pelvic tilt, TVA training… Dangers of the conscious mind.

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Gary Gray

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Gary is the originator and developer of many nationally acclaimed educational programs, including the “Chain Reaction” series of seminars. He is the recipient of the prestigious 2002 John Maley award which recognizes an individual for innovation in physical therapy. Referred to as the leading pioneer and authority in rehab and training, Gary is a respected physical therapist, trainer, educator, author, coach and successful inventor. He has transformed his functional and biomechanical understanding of the body into the most effective performance-enhancement, injury prevention and rehabilitative applications. Gary’s passion for education and sharing, along with his innovation and desire, allows him to translate the complexities of human function into simple and effective techniques. Gary’s goal to enhance the lives of professionals and the lives of those they treat and train.

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