McGill Method 3 - High Level Performance Training: Progressing backs from pain to performance


Course objectives

Global Objectives:

To update delegates on some recent developments in enhancing the performance of formerly pained and injured backs who are restored and back on the podium. To give practice and technique development with workshops throughout the day.

Course Outline

This one day course is for advanced clinicians and performance specialists. Mechanisms and training techniques used with world class athletes will be introduced and discussed. The development of movement/motor patterns, endurance, speed, and power within the principles that minimize back injury, or exacerbation of existing injury are work-shopped. Quantifying the athletic demands together with the current capabilities of the individual, influence program design. Specific topics include building resilience, training capacity, and strength and speed techniques within pain-free progressions. The day comprises of 3 lectures and 3 hands-on workshops.


Part 1: Foundation

 The code of elite clinicians
 Normal and injury mechanics
 Tolerance and Capacity
 Stability (and mobility)
 Injury (and Pain) mechanisms
 Creating a client – building training capacity
 An algorithm from pain to performance

• Pristine movement (Engrain motion patterns, motor patterns, corrective exercise)
• Build whole body and joint stability
• Increase endurance
• Build strength
• Pull
• Push
• Lift
• Carry
• Torsional Buttress
• Specific isolationist and integrative exercises
 Develop power, agility

Workshop 1: movement patterns sparing the spine
 Basic Strength skills
• Composite strength
• Joint positions

Power breathing
• Twitch and relax
 Mobility
 Basic motions
 torso control with hip function
 Movement skills


Part 2: Assessment

Many approaches – When?
 Intake
 Tune each training cycle
 When to increase load (or decrease)
 Presence of Pain
• Yes:
• Provocative tests will reveal pain mechanism
• Motions, postures and loads
• Specific tissues
• No:
• Assess general competency & movement choice
• Assess demand of task/sport
• Assess these as capabilities of the individual
• Train the difference
 Programing
 Interview
 Personality
 Anatomy

Workshop 2: assessment


Part 3: Tricks of the super athletes

 Features of excellent performance
• Tradeoff of fitness variables
• Rate of muscle activation and relaxation
• Power Breathing
• Mindful training
• Core stability and hip mobility
• Athletic progressions
 Superstiffness
• Technique #1 Rapid contraction and then relaxation of muscle
• Technique #2 Tuning of the muscles

• Technique #3 Muscular binding and weaving
• Technique #4 Directing neuronal overflow
• Technique #5 Eliminate energy leaks – Make the impossible, possible
• Technique #6 Get through the “sticking points”
• Technique #7 Optimize the passive connective tissue system
• Technique #8 Create shockwaves
• Always: Proximal stiffness for distal explosiveness

Workshop 3: Enhancing performance
 For each exercise
• Is it the best tool for the goal?
• Incorporates assessment and training
• Coach corrections (good form)
• Create progression (or regression)
• Enhances injury resilience and performance
• Optimizes stability mobility continuum
• Skill development
 Workshop List:
• Qualifying tests
• Warmups
• Patterns of movement
• Relaxation rate
• Double peak
• Power breathing
• Strength tricks
• Tuning mobility, stability and unleash speed power
• Squat
• Bench
• Pullup
• Jump
• Strongman techniques
• Turkish getup
• Sled drag
• Speed power
• Foot work
• Sport specific