Brain Fuel

The 3 Ingredients of a Good Test

Are you testing _____?!  I think we’ve all had that discussion with a colleague or taken a stroll through social media that leaves a pit in our stomach.  Are we missing the boat by not including (insert assessment)? We rush into the clinic to add this new assessment only to realize you don’t have the…

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Inertia: A tendency to do nothing or remain unchanged

⁠Newton’s First Law of Motion: An object in motion stays in motion and an object at rest stays at rest. ⁠⠀ “Nothing happens until something moves”⁠⠀- Albert Einstein ⁠⠀ What is the initial state of your client? Are they simply sitting atop a hill awaiting for a nudge?  Or are they actively flying down a…

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Tolerance vs. Capacity

What’s the difference?! Terms like “tolerance” and “capacity” get thrown around a lot these days in the worlds of reconditioning and performance. Oftentimes, there can be quite a bit of confusion as they are often cited incorrectly or interchangeably. We pose the question: in this particular instance, do semantics matter? Providing clean definitions and examples…

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Pain + Reflection = Progress

In his book, “Principles”, Ray Dalio discusses the necessity of failure and frustration for improving problem solving abilities. He provides the simple equation Pain + Reflection=Progress to show the path to improvement when challenged. To instill this process in his employees, he created a “pain button” app. They are prompted to open the app and…

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Mentorship: Beyond Just Teaching

Just the word “mentorship” often means different things to different people. What exactly is mentorship and what do we expect to receive from it? It may convey the idea of teaching someone all the knowledge you possess. It may be taking someone under your wing and investing in their personal and professional growth. It may…

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The Slippery Slope of Resulting

As a coach or clinician we are results thirsty. Results are probably why we entered the field. To help others meet goals. To be better versions of themselves. We brandish our marketing with sayings such as “I get you results”. Our professional identity gets hitched to this wagon. And this works if the population is…

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Demystifying Return to Lifting

“When will I be able to get back to squatting?” “When will I finally be able to get back into deadlifting?” “I’ve been trying to get back into CrossFit for months, how do I know if I’m ready?” These are just a handful of questions that I hear from strength athletes on a daily basis….

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Are You Empowering Your Clients with Contingency Plans?

We all know the moment. A client who has been progressing well shows up for your session. You spot it immediately, their body language is a bit off. Is that a limp? You know what there going to say before they even say it…..⁠

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5 Keys to Maximizing Your Next Internship

Internships and clinical experiences can come in a broad array of packages — some great, some decent, and some just downright ugly. Students and interns are often placed in tough and unfamiliar situations.

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How 2 Speak Your Clients Language

“Take things as they are. Punch when you need to punch. Kick when you need to kick” – Bruce Lee  What is your primary professional language?  Where does your comfort lie?  Barbells? Pain science education? Yoga? Manual Therapy? Running? If we are more proficient and comfortable with a certain language we are prone to speak…

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