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Video Tutorial #9 The Human Spring Approach In It’s Relationship To Hooke’s Law Of Physics

  We can apply some of the laws of engineering and physics such as Hooke’s Law Of Physics which states: The deeper that the spring is depressed the more energy it recycles back to the run, jog, walk or spring. Hooke’s Law of spring engineering states that we can push the human spring to its […]

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We can apply some of the laws of engineering and physics such as Hooke’s Law Of Physics which states:

The deeper that the spring is depressed the more energy it recycles back to the run, jog, walk or spring.

Force Of Impact/Energy Stored And Released

Hooke’s Law of spring engineering states that we can push the human spring to its limits to maximize its potential energy as long as we don’t exceed the elastic limit of the spring or the yield point.

Hooke’s law of elasticity is an approximation that states that the extension of a spring is in direct proportion with the forces added to it as long as this load does not exceed the elastic limit.

That is the trick!

When we jump down, gravity exerts a loading force on the spring of the body.

When we land, forces are loaded into the human spring. Remember that the force of the landing and the bodyweight with the speed of landing, determine the external forces of the landing.

Newtons Law of Physics

F = M x A

Mass of your body (no real change)
X Acceleration (Speed of Movement)
Force of landing

Determining the exact amount of external forces your body is capable of loading into the human spring determines your elastic limit. The elastic limit is the maximum capacity of tissue strength in the elastic elements in the spring suspension system that can safely spring you off the ground without causing damaging stress in your body.

This has to be evaluated instantaneously with one jump and also evaluated during multiple impacts incorporating the tissue fatigue factor, Muscle Or Joint Pain, Or Acute Injury.

The ability of you and your trainer to calculate elastic limit of one impact and with multiple impacts will determine your training for that day.

You should be training just below the elastic limit to take advantage of maximum positive tissue adaptation.

How much you progress and how much risk you take to maximize your progress is the fine line element which makes training interesting.

That is the balancing act of elite level training.

What does plyometrics do for your human spring?

Plyometrics develops the elastic properties of muscles, ligaments, tendons and joints, which means it develops your human spring.

The elastic energy produced by spring produces a quicker reactive movement than that produced solely by muscular contraction and since there is more speed and power is a function of speed it has more power too.

The combination of both produces maximum spring power.

If you remember, Hooke’s Law of physics states that the deeper the spring descends, the more energy it transmits back into the release.

In other words the more the body spring is stretched (extension springs) or compressed (compression springs) the more energy we get from the spring.

If we want to exceed high levels of performance in sports, it is required that we use the most advanced approach for evaluating, restoring and training the amazing human spring.

Hooke’s Law of Spring states that spring energy produces very rapid increases with the forces of increased speed from walking to running.

In fact as we go from walking speed to running we increase forces on the master spring from 1x bodyweight to 3 – 5x bodyweight.

F = M x A

The speed and over all power increase as well. If someone runs into you while walking vs full speed running the force will be felt much greater. Think about that same force on the single bare foot during running or barefoot running.

We can see a gradual increase in force from walking to running with step-by-step increases in speed.

For example

  • Walking is approximately 1.25 – 2x of body weight force
  • Jogging is approximately 2 – 3x force of body weight force
  • Running is approximately 4 – 5x of body weight force

Knowing how the spring mechanism loads is how I designed the Human Spring approach to examining the body during different speeds of movement of impact forces.

Doing a gait evaluation during walking is not going to tell you if your elastic capacity is exceeded causing an abnormal movement pattern in the human spring at speeds of jogging or running.

You have to test the patient (runner) running barefoot at these speeds to know for sure if the elastic limit is exceeded and at what speed.

A doctor can do this test at walking speed and a speed of fast walking in a 10 foot run in their office evaluating the video frame by frame checking for any abnormal movement patterns which show up as speed increases or the forces of the impacts increase.

The commands are simple:

  1. Walk towards me
  2. Turn around and walk back
  3. Walk towards me again as fast as you can and walk back.

The total time for the test is less than 30 seconds.

Retraining healthy spring back into the body in a safe and effective way:

How do we develop a stronger elastic limit to maximize safe spring loading capacity according to hookes law?

In order to develop spring strength to withstand running forces without the spring breaking down we have to attain a force of 450 pounds for a 150 pound person.

We cannot strap 450 pounds to our feet which also develops muscular strength which is different from spring strength.

The difference is one trains mostly muscles and the other trains tendons and arch ligamentus complexes.

We can train to increase spring elastic capacity by putting the spring through progressively faster speeds.

The next thing is to develop a routine that develops this strength in every movement that is required for safe and effective spring in every floor.

We train the body as a three dimensional object training it in multiple directions such as:

  • zig zag patterns
  • circular patterns
  • eight point jumps
  • and other plyometric like activities.

The Hooke’s law of physics in reference to the human spring mechanism:

Hooke’s Law of Physics and engineering states that the deeper we depress the spring to more energy returns back. That means that the deeper we bend the human foot arch leaf spring to increase the depth or capacity of the human spring the more force we can load safely into the human spring.

Using this theory we increase the depth of the human spring with these approaches:

  • We would make the arch and entire flooring system of the human spring more flexible ONLY within the range of motion that was required to perform the activity of running
  • We would focus on increasing the depth or capacity of the foot spring to load as much force into the spring as possible by stretching the arch spring
  • We would focus on increasing the depth or capacity of the foot spring to load as much force into the spring as possible by making sure there are no indirect or direct muscle tension on the spring.

Direct spring tension – When you tense the muscles surrounding the spring loading system when you are stressed or fail to relax the limb prior to impact, decreasing the spring capacity to load the force into the mechanism. Why do you hear top coaches instruct their athletes to relax when swinging a tennis racket, golf club, in a sprint or boxing round?

Indirect spring tension – means you have examined the human spring for any muscle tensions or spasms that may be there without your knowledge. These muscle spasms are stimulated by the brain as tonic protective mechanisms attempting to protect you from some abnormal movement pattern during the execution of walking or running with poor form. These spasms can also develop from injury (stiffness) or sustained contraction from standing or sustaining the same joint position for a sustained period of time.

If you detect spasms in the muscles of the body there are spring release techniques to release the patterns of spasms that inhibit the maximum safe loading of the human spring mechanism.

See Video Tutorials #77-89

The more we stretch, relax and stimulate the muscles of the spring suspension system ended deeper we can safely load forces into our human spring, the more protective, efficient and powerful will be the human spring.

The more deformable it becomes and the more it dissipates shock and the more spring back it provides

Where and when do we break this important law?

We stretch all muscles and joints beyond the range of motion that is required for running.

This weakens connective tissue spring recoil. Recent studies of static stretching before workouts or competition suggest that stretching can increase the risk of injuries rather than reduce the risks of injury. The human spring theory can explain this. When the joint reaches end range of motion, connective tissue can enhance natural elastic spring recoil of the body part reducing the possibility of the body part to drift outside the safe range. Elastic recoil at the end range can spring the body back into the running cycle reducing muscular contratile effort thus improving efficiency of motion. Stretching the muscles beyond the range of motion required for running does nothing to improve running mechanics as the body will never get to that range of motion anyway.


Spreading The Toes Stretch

Scissor Stretch

Scissor Stretch

Click here to watch Dr james Stoxen DC Demonstrate Scissor Stretching

When we do not stretch the parts of the spring as a balance three-dimensional mechanism.

I constantly see runners stretching the quad by grabbing the front of their shoe and pulling their foot back attempting to get the heel of the shoe to touch their buttocks. This is the stretch they do. Also they lean forward with their foot on the ground stretching only the calf. The foot and arch spring mechanism never gets stretched yet this is the joints are the most restricted due to wearing shoes which confine the bones in an encasement for 8 – 12 hours a day. Also when we wear street shoes and running shoes the shoe binds the sole of the foot to a stiff platform that will not allow the foot to move in a position to increase the depth of the arch or depth of the human spring. The most important stretch is to stretch and manipulate the human spring to increase the depth of or the loading capacity of the spring to a accept more force safely in all directions

 

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Orthotics, arch supports and shoe supports that interfere with natural spring loading and rolling from supination to pronation

If the soul has an arch support other than this support it can get in the way of the maximum depth of the spring loading phase and of the landing of the human foot. We don’t stretch the foot to increase the loading capacity of the foot to take up more force but we do the opposite when we put something underneath the arch spring loading mechanism to keep it from ever allowing it to load any force safely into the spring. When you walk or run faster more force is loaded into the spring. If the spring loads more force it springs down deeper or with more spring. A support that inhibits the spring loading causes the body to load with an abrupt landing sending stressful and straining forces into the body leading to misuse injuries over time and obvious inefficiency.Page 43 of the book by Mel Cunningham Siff, Yuri Vitalievitch Verkhoshansky – Supertraining International (1999)

For instance, if a joint is subjected to constant low intensity loading or for extended period of time, slowed the information of the tissues occurs, a phenomenon known as creep and which is characteristic of viscoelastic substances in general. Furthermore collagenase tissue increases significantly in strength and sick diffidence with increased rate of loading there by emphasizing the intelligent use of training with high Excel ration methods one study found an increase of almost 50% in load of knee ligaments to failure when the voting rate was increased for four fold (Kennedy et al 1976)

Of further interest is the fact that that’s slow loading rates, the bony insertion of a ligament is the weakest component of the ligament–phone complex whereas the ligament is the weakest component at a very fast loading rates. These results imply that, with an increase in loading rate, the strength of bone with which also contains collagen increases more than the strength of ligament (Frankel and Nordin 1980). Of added relevance is the finding that tensile strength of healthy tendon can be more than twice the strength of its associated muscle, which explains why a ruptures are more common in muscles than in tendons (Elliot 1967)

1. The more deformable it becomes and the more it dissipates in pose shocks

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Video Tutorial #7 The Four Primary Functions Of The Human Spring Mechanism

What is it the Human Spring Mechanism and the theory behind it? 1. What the theory says is that the human spring stores mechanical energy therefore it is an efficiency mechanism. A spring is a structure that deforms its physical shape. During that formation process that spring stores potential energy. Then it reforms back to […]

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What is it the Human Spring Mechanism and the theory behind it?

The Human Spring Theory

1. What the theory says is that the human spring stores mechanical energy therefore it is an efficiency mechanism.

A spring is a structure that deforms its physical shape. During that formation process that spring stores potential energy. Then it reforms back to its EXACT original shape and releases the energy back into the mechanism. Think about a spring when you squeeze it down it stores energy and when you let it go that releases the stored energy.

2. The human spring also provides the protective mechanism for the body. It is the principle mechanism that absorbs forces of the landings during foot to ground impact activities such as walking, running and activities like dance and other sports.

The human body impacts the ground 3.6 million times a year. The human spring absorbs the force of these impacts of the landings and protects you from these collisions.

This year I ran 300 more miles barefoot on solid concrete. That’s because I have an intact spring mechanism.

Watch Dr Stoxen Run Barefoot Below:


3. The human spring also allows us to land our bodies on uneven surfaces by adjusting the body weight over the spring mechanism so it can achieve optimum balance.

That’s why we have 26 bones and 33 joints in the foot and ankle That force coupled with the uneven terrain is distributed across this terrain through these 33 joints.  It spreads the force across each joint while still maintaining the mass balanced with the center of gravity over the spring mechanism.

4. The human spring is integrated into the biomechanics therefore it’s essential for stress and strain free motion.

If the spring mechanism is designed into the mechanical mechanism of the human body through human motion but if it’s not working the way it should then it will cause abnormal movement patterns that will lead to stress and strain, wear and tear, the release of information, silence and then painful.

Video Tutorial #8 Important Functions Of The Human Spring Mechanism To Recycle Energy From Impacts Enhancing The Efficiency Of Movement

  The Human Spring Theory says that: The human spring stores mechanical potential energy therefore it is an efficiency mechanism The human spring absorbs forces of landings therefore it is a protective mechanism the human spring allows the foot to land on uneven surfaces adjusting the body mechanics to the terrain. The human spring is […]

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The Human Spring Theory says that:

  1. The human spring stores mechanical potential energy therefore it is an efficiency mechanism
  2. The human spring absorbs forces of landings therefore it is a protective mechanism
  3. the human spring allows the foot to land on uneven surfaces adjusting the body mechanics to the terrain.
  4. The human spring is integrated into the biomechanics therefore it is essential for stress/strain free motion

Weakness or locking of the spring can lead to:

  • fatigue
  • increased risk for acute injury
  • an inability to heal
  • an accelerated aging of the body’s systems.

The human spring stores mechanical potential energy therefore it is an energy recycling mechanism.

Many of your patients who have chronic fatigue don’t have the energy to do as much. They don’t feel like exercising and they wake up tired and remain tired all day. They might think the answer is to drink a lot of coffee and they go to bed tired yet can’t get a lot of sleep at night because of insomnia or restless leg syndrome.

Those patients may have a locked human spring mechanism as part of their problem. The energy mechanisms of the human Spring recycle free natural energy. They’ve had this natural energy their whole life but it’s now depleted once the spring mechanism locks and it will not return until the spring is unlocked.  Abnormal movement patterns can trigger the brain to turn on muscle spasms that stiffen joints and reduce the natural elastic recoil or spring of muscles and tendons.  We say we are stiff.  The body is more efficient when it is moving according to the way it was designed to move, unrestricted by muscle spasms or joint stiffness.

Locked Spring, click here to enlarge

Why wouldn’t you evaluate the most common reason for fatigue or how the body ambulates? What other more common reason is there for why the body gets tired so quickly?

When the spring locks, the body has to ambulate with a different system. That is when it switches from the spring energy a more free source to a muscular contraction source of ambulation. That means that the body has to be moved by muscle contractions rather than bouncing off the ground. It impacts with a bang then pushes itself across the ground. This is why it is so important that the spring mechanism is in tact for efficient movement.

Video Tutorial #5 Anthony Field’s Recovery – The Key to his Suffering was Found in the Gait Evaluation

The Human Spring is integrated into the movement pattern therefore it’s built into the engineering. When the spring locks it alters the movement pattern and it gets in the way of the healing process. If you are having trouble getting relief from a herniated disc or back pain and you’re wondering why it’s maybe because […]

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The Human Spring is integrated into the movement pattern therefore it’s built into the engineering. When the spring locks it alters the movement pattern and it gets in the way of the healing process. If you are having trouble getting relief from a herniated disc or back pain and you’re wondering why it’s maybe because your focus is only on the back. You need to look at the entire kinematic chain and check the elastic recoil mechanisms or what I call the human spring function.

One day the tour manager of a very famous entertainer called my agent and asked if I would come down to the auditorium they were performing at and take a look at an individual?

This man who was in such chronic pain was Anthony Field from the ‘Wiggles”. Anthony was so sick of the chronic pain he had been having for the last 25 years that he was almost ready to quit the group.

Dr James Stoxen DC With The Wiggles.

On Page 83 of ‘How I Got My Wiggle Back’, By Anthony Field and Greg Truman, Anthony shares his experience when he met Dr Stoxen;  ”I was shuffling about, looking for an excuse to limp out of the room when the doctor said something that hit home; “You’ve taken ownership of your injuries and illnesses, haven’t you? I bet you remember the day you got that herniated disc or shin splint.” Remember? I could have told him the exact dates. You say to yourself: ” I used to be able to do this before this injury and that before that injury.” It’s like the life is broken down into before and afters. “Well it’s time to make a new date to remember__ the day when you started to get better. “Hmmm this guy wasn’t into band-aid treatments. “Do your worst,” I thought. After all, I was convinced I’d seen it all before.

As he walked towards me I said, “I know what’s wrong with you. He said, “How is that possible? You have not even sat down to do a history of me and you haven’t examined me yet but you say you know what is wrong with me?” I shared with him, “your human spring is locked and I can see why you are not healing. It will take me about two days and around 15 hours to restore it back near perfect motion.” Anthony looked at me like I was crazy.

On Page 83 of ‘How I Got My Wiggle Back, By Anthony Field and Greg Truman, Anthony shares. “Take your shoes and socks off,” he said. My shoes and socks? It was my back hurting, not my toes. “Your shoes and socks.” When I complied, he explained that he’d watched me walk around backstage, and form my gait could tell right away that I had serious problems. “But it’s my back! I protested as I walked around in bare feet. “What about the pain in your right knee, right foot, and right hip?” he responded. Amazingly, he could tell just from watching me walk, precisely where I was experiencing pain.

I watched him walk with a gait evaluation and I said, “What about the pain in your right knee? What about the pain in your right hip?” I spoke to him about how I knew what was wrong with him.

I used his gait evaluation as the way to determine his movement patterns and specifically how his mass was interacting with the earth during the impact.

Dr James Stoxen DC with Anthony Field

He said he spent a fortune telling doctors what was wrong with him and they were addressing the pain by treating only the pain, the area of highest amount of inflammation. Evaluating regionally what you have vs. what you got and how to restore it.

The spring suspension system muscles of his pelvis were weak and that’s why he had chronic lower back pain.

You see The human body is like a giant spring. The spring suspension system is the interconnected mechanism that governs and protects the way we move.

When the suspension muscles are weak the support is diminished. Gradually the spring deteriorates and the arch spring locks, meaning when you walk, every step produces a bang twist impact leading to stress and strain in every joint in the body.

On page 85 of ‘How I Got My Wiggle Back’ by Anthony Field and Greg Truman, Dr Stoxen states: “This abnormal motion keeps the joins in constant stress and in a strained state which, not only produces pain, but challenges the body’s natural ability to heal itself.”

 

In ‘How I Got My Wiggle Back’ Anthony Field explains that journey from start to finish!

Dr James Stoxen DC and Anthony Field Training Backstage

Video Tutorial #6 Important Functions Of The Human Spring Mechanism, To Protect The Body From Impact Forces

The functions of The Human Spring: The Human Spring recycles energy through the spring mechanism The Human Spring is a protective mechanism The Second important function of the Human Spring is that is absorbs the forces of the landings. Therefore it is a protective mechanism that protects you from the impacts. Kids fall down and […]

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The functions of The Human Spring:

  1. The Human Spring recycles energy through the spring mechanism
  2. The Human Spring is a protective mechanism

The Second important function of the Human Spring is that is absorbs the forces of the landings. Therefore it is a protective mechanism that protects you from the impacts.

Kids fall down and cry for a minute and then get up and run around like nothing ever happened. When we as adults fall down sometimes we have a hard time getting up. We don’t spring up from the fall sometimes. Some of us do a simple bend or slip and have chronic pain for 25 years.

Why do kids rebound so quickly and spring back from injuries?

The theory states that it’s because they haven’t had binding of their spring mechanism. We havn’t put the shoes on their feed to bind their feet so they don’t have a weakness in ability to absorb impacts.

Why do you think kids kick their shoes off when they are little?

Because it’s not natural. Footwear is un-natural.

We were born barefoot.

Click here to read ‘Why Barefoot,’ written by Dr James Stoxen DC

The story of why Dr Stoxen runs barefoot and why he recommends barefoot training to his patients

 

 

Video Tutorial #4 The Impact Resistance Mechanism (Human Spring)

Video Tutorial #4 The Human Spring Approach-Bridging The Gap Between What Athletes Need And What Doctors Can Deliver  By: Dr James Stoxen DC Presented At: The 2nd Annual Bangkok Congress On Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine, Bangkok, Thailand, September 4, 2010 Let’s say you have 30 women in an aerobics class and 15 of them break down with […]

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Video Tutorial #4 The Human Spring Approach-Bridging The Gap Between What Athletes Need And What Doctors Can Deliver 
By: Dr James Stoxen DC
Presented At: The 2nd Annual Bangkok Congress On Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine, Bangkok, Thailand, September 4, 2010

Let’s say you have 30 women in an aerobics class and 15 of them break down with plantar fascitis, knee pain, hip or back pain. They quit and go to the doctor.

The doctor commonly says jumping classes are bad for you. He/She might recommend  that you should discontinue and do the elliptical or swim.  If you said to a boxer or Olympic athlete that jumping rope is bad for you which involves impacts they will look at you like you’re crazy.

Why are the other 15 ladies are doing aerobics class for the next 20 years and having the benefits of this aerobics activities.

Plyometrics, is that bad for you?

Plymetrics, Speed Bound Jump

It’s the number one method of training elite athletes consisting of jump training like hopping and skipping to develop the human spring mechanism, which is vital to the performance of high-level sports.

We debated that for a decade or two.

Now it’s used in every college and university in every high school in the world to develop top-level performance in athletics.

The moral of the story is:

  1. Impacts aren’t good for people who’s bodies aren’t conditioned to resist impacts.
  2. For those who are conditioned to take impacts, impacts are good for us as we get stronger with positive adaptation.

 

One key thing we need to learn is how to treat, train and maintain our patients ability to resist impacts.  That is because with an average of 10,000 impacts or steps per day we add up 3,650,000 impacts per year which is 100 million by your thirties and 250 million before you die.   If you cannot resist impacts it makes running and especially barefoot running virtually impossible without pain.

I have focused on studying how our bodies resist impacts my entire life.  I am interested in sharing what I have learned over the years of study.  Please read on….

Video Tutorial #3 – The Human Spring Approach – Developed From Studying Yuri Verkhoshansky Plyometrics Training In Moscow 1987-89

The Human Spring Approach – Developed From Studying Yuri Verkhoshansky Plyometrics By: Dr James Stoxen DC Presented At: The 2nd Annual Bangkok Congress On Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine September 4, 2010 Bangkok, Thailand In the late eighties, as part of my quest to discover the secrets to human performance, I made numerous trips to eastern […]

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The Human Spring Approach – Developed From Studying Yuri Verkhoshansky Plyometrics
By: Dr James Stoxen DC
Presented At: The 2nd Annual Bangkok Congress On Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine
September 4, 2010
Bangkok, Thailand

Olympic weightlifter Victor Shenkin. Олимпийские тяжелоатлет Виктор Шенкин.

In the late eighties, as part of my quest to discover the secrets to human performance, I made numerous trips to eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. There, I served as the doctor for the US Powerlifting Team, the APF medical commission chairman, and Ed Coan’s personal chiropractor from 1986 – 1992, when he broke so many world records.

In 1987, when I was 25 years old, I was invited by Ernie Frantz as the team doctor for the first USA vs USSR powerlifting championships. It was located in the former communist Soviet Union in Moscow and Leningrad,  through AICEP and the auspices of the Soviet Sports Committee.

During this historic trip I made contact with Dr. Ed Enos, Director of Athletics at  Concordia University and Director of AICEP (Association International Cultural Exchange Programs). I suggested that we develop a course in the study of sports training and sports medicine in the Soviet Union with their top experts.

I organized the first sports medicine course with the help of Dr. Ed Enos of Concordia University in Montreal and the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS), at the famed National Institute of Physical Culture and Sports Sciences in Moscow.

After much negotiation with the Soviet Sports Committee, we developed a program for sports medicine at the National Institute of Physical Culture and Sports Sciences in Moscow, USSR. It was called REHAB 670, Soviet Sports at the National Institute of Physical Culture and Sports Sciences. In 1989, 70 doctors and

Dr. Ed Enos. Доктор Эд Енос.

experts attended my course.

It was the first sports medicine course for western doctors ever organized in the former Soviet Union.

Dr Enos asked me who in the Soviet Union I wanted to lecture for our group.

My main objective for visiting Russia was to learn the secrets to the treatment and training used by the Soviets to fine-tune the human body. Something had to be allowing them to produce so many champions.

I had read over 100 journals written by Russian doctors and trainers at that time and because I was the organizer and director of the course, I was able to select the experts who lectured.  I decided to focus our studies on the biomechanics of sports movement in hopes of uncovering some of the secrets to human performance.

The key lecturer I chose was Yuri Verkhoshansky, the founder of modern human spring training, called plyometrics. His teachings played a major role in my research and uncovering the secrets to elite level human performance.

Dr. James Stoxen DC (left) with Yuri Verkhoshansky (right). Д-р Джеймс Stoxen DC (слева) и Юрий Верхошанский (справа).

Dr. James Stoxen DC with Yuri Verkhoshansky and Dr. Steven Press DC. Д-р Джеймс Stoxen постоянного тока с Юрием Верхошанский и д-р Стивен Пресс постоянного тока.

I also requested that the top coaches and athletes give presentations about their experience, but there were not enough slots.  So we hired them as our guides and security for the conference delegates. I wanted to have them around so I could learn every secret of training they had.

This is where I met Sultan Rachmanov, David Rigert, Victor Shankin, and of course the father of modern plyometrics, Yuri Verkhoshansky. I even beat David Rigert 3 times in an armwrestling competition that following year, in a spirited battle on the top floor of the Sports Hotel in Moscow.  What a memory!

Dr. Ed Enos (left) arm wrestling Sultan Rachmanov (right). Доктор Эд Енос (слева), армрестлинг Султан Рахманов (справа).

I remember Dr Enos was very surprised that I knew so many of the experts and put together a very advanced curriculum for the Russian scientists and trainers to present.

I had read every Soviet Sports Review translated by Dr. Michael Yessis from the 60′s, cover to cover.  Also, I had reviewed extensive literature on Russian training and read hundreds of books as background material for this information. In the index I have listed the best resources for further study on this subject.

It wasn’t until 1975 when the study of the spring training of plyometrics came to the United States. Then, we only got some pieces of it. We made mistakes and people got hurt because they didn’t know what they were doing. Finally, as the study of extreme mechanisms of the body has transformed to universities and colleges–top professors, trainers, and athletes have defined the spring mechanisms of the body.

Modern organized plyometric training was first developed by the Soviets, who used it in the late 1960’s to develop a new training approach called ‘jump training’, ‘spring training’ or as it was later named, plyometrics.   You know the results.   They broke most of the records and took most of the gold medals.

The Buzz

David Rigert weightlifting. Давид Ригерт тяжелой атлетике.

Plyometric exercises consist of fast, powerful movements performed in rapid sequence. The intent of plyometric training was (and still is) to develop the elastic recoil within the body (the human spring mechanism) by employing high impact training drills that enhance the effects of traditional resistance exercises. The result is improved sports performance. If you happened to have been following international sporting events in the eighties and nineties, you probably recall that the Russians dominated the world in most strength and speed sports.

Now you know why.

In those days, plyometrics were new on the sports training scene, or at least new to the world outside the Soviet Union.  When it was introduced in the United States in 1975, there was some controversy in regard of its safety. We made mistakes and people got hurt because American trainers and coaches didn’t fully understand this new form of training.

Fortunately, after years of research and further study, plyometric training has made its way into every university, college, and top professional teams — touted by top professors, trainers, and athletes as the most advanced training approach ever developed. Today, it is a popular and safe method of strength training for athletes, non-athletes, and even children.

Important Questions I Kept Asking Myself

If plyometrics or spring training develops a stronger spring, giving athletes more speed, quickness, balance, coordination agility, and efficiency then — are reduced performance levels, loss of balance, poor coordination, less agility and an overall weakened performance the result of weakened human spring strength?

If the spring mechanism serves as a buffer between joints, protecting the body from injuries and allowing for stress- and strain-free motion, then could it be that the reason some patients have injuries that won’t heal is because they have a locked spring mechanism?

If Spring strength is the secret to optimum performance then is the loss of human spring the secret to the decline of health?

If spring defines our youth does a loss of the spring define aging?

If we can restore the spring to the step can we then restore our youth?

It took two decades for me to find the answers to these and other mysteries of human performance.

A letter of recommendation written by Dr. Ed Enos for Dr. James Stoxen DC. Рекомендательное письмо, написанное доктором Эд Енос для д-р Джеймс Stoxen постоянного тока.

Keep reading these blogs and going through the video tutorials to learn how important the principles of plyometrics are to the understanding of how the human spring approach was developed and why I feel this approach must replace the current standard of care.

Video Tutorial #2 – An Introduction To The Human Spring Approach

Video Tutorial #2 An Introduction To The Human Spring Approach By: Dr James Stoxen DC Presented At: The Second World Anti-Aging Medical Conference February 4-6  2011 Mexico City, Mexico So many doctors and scientists say that running is bad for our knees. This is interesting in that I have studied biomechanics for 30 years and this […]

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Video Tutorial #2
An Introduction To The Human Spring Approach
By: Dr James Stoxen DC
Presented At: The Second World Anti-Aging Medical Conference
February 4-6  2011
Mexico City, Mexico

So many doctors and scientists say that running is bad for our knees.

This is interesting in that I have studied biomechanics for 30 years and this year, at age 48, I chose to run over 300 miles on solid concrete barefoot, and I improved my health.

In my model, every movement that you make is aided by an impact resistance mechanism (I call it the spring mechanism)

Once you learn the vitally important functions it serves, how it breaks down and locks, and how it affects so many aspects of your health, you will see how important it is in your patient’s health.

  • I will teach you how to check your body with a gait analysis.
  • I will teach you how to treat the bodies impact resistance mechanism (I call the spring mechanism) It is a three-step process of:
  1. Releasing The Tension around the impact resistance mechanism (I call the spring mechanism)
  2. Strengthening impact resistance mechanism
  3. Strengthening the impact resistance mechanism the way the Athletes do through Jumping Drills and Plyometrics
  • You will have a better understanding of why top athletes can run and jump without pain while some others cannot walk without pain.

What we’re experiencing is a painful misunderstanding of human engineering. We have to learn:

  • How the body protects itself with the impacts into this impact resistance mechanism
  • How it recycles energy through the loading and unloading of the mass of your body into this impact resistance mechanism

How it functions in the world governed by the laws of physics, engineering, and common sense.

 

The Doctor Says, “We Were Meant To Be Barefoot” Watch this to see why……..

Presented at the 8th Malaysian Conference and Exhibition on Anti-Aging, Aesthetic and Regenerative Medicine and 1st International Congress on Anti-Aging, Aesthetic and Regenerative Medicine April 30, 2011 at 9:00am – May 2, 2011 at 12:00pm Shangri-La Hotel, 11 Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   Today we are going to talk about the impact of […]

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Presented at the

8th Malaysian Conference and Exhibition on Anti-Aging, Aesthetic and Regenerative Medicine and 1st International Congress on Anti-Aging, Aesthetic and Regenerative Medicine

April 30, 2011 at 9:00am – May 2, 2011 at 12:00pm
Shangri-La Hotel, 11 Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


 

Today we are going to talk about the impact of walking and running and specifically I’ve made my topic barefoot running or run for life, barefoot. Tomorrow is International Barefoot Running Day. May 1st is the International Barefoot Running Day.

 

It is interesting that we have to say barefoot running because in reality barefoot running is real true running. Anything other than barefoot running is something that has been invented since we have had shoes.

 

In fact, we have new studies that show the difference between the effectiveness or the health benefits of running with shoes versus barefoot running. It seems that barefoot running is always on the defense or the hot seat as to whether it is the proper way to run when in reality running with shoes should be on the hot seat.

 

The reason why I say that lies in the perspective of looking at running or walking or anything that involves ambulation or is connected to or affecting the human body. Anytime you attach anything to the human body that alters the movement pattern then you’re creating an abnormal movement pattern.

 

Anytime you ingest a pill or a food in the body it alters the body. So natural is barefoot. If you put any shoe on the human body then that is abnormal.

 

When you’re exercising or perhaps doing some bench presses you don’t have a binding device or movement altering device on your elbow to alter the movement pattern. Regardless of what the person who designed thinks is right this binding device does not allow the body to function.

 

The body should function naturally without anything to alter its natural path.

 

Look at it this way, when you go to the health club we wear loose fitting clothing and we don’t put a binding device on any area of the human body during exercise. So why do you think that the wearing of footwear should be normal and not wearing footwear is abnormal?

 

 

Hari ini kita akan bercakap mengenai kesan berjalan kaki dan berlari dan saya telah membuat secara khusus topik saya iaitu berlari berkaki ayam atau berlari untuk kehidupan, berkaki ayam. Esok adalah Hari Kebangsaan Berlari Berkaki Ayam. 1 Mei ialah Hari Kebangsaan Berlari Berkaki Ayam Adalah menarik bahawa kita perlu meneruskan berlari berkaki ayam kerana dalam realiti berlari berkaki ayam adalah makna larian yang sebenar . Dan apa-apa jua yang selain berlari berkaki ayam adalah sesuatu yang telah dicipta dan oleh kerana kita mempunyai kasut. Malah kami mempunyai kajian baru yang mengkaji perbezaan di antara keberkesanan atau faedah kesihatan berlari dengan kasut atau yang bersepatu berbanding berlari berkaki ayam. Nampaknya yang berlari berkaki ayam sentiasa dalam pertahanan atau topik hangat yang mendapat tentangan tentang sama ada ia adalah cara yang betul untuk dijalankan walaupun dalam realiti berlari dengan kasut hendaklah dijadikan topik hangat yang mendapat tentangan. Dan sebab mengapa saya mengatakan yang terletak dalam melihat perspektif berlari atau berjalan atau apa-apa yang melibatkan berjalan secara perlahan atau apa-apa jua yang berkaitan dengan atau memberi kesan kepada tubuh manusia untuk perkara itu. Bila-bila masa anda memasang apa-apa kepada tubuh badan manusia yang mengubah corak pergerakan maka anda mencipta corak pergerakan yang tidak normal. Bila-bila masa anda menelan pil atau apa-apa makanan di dalam badan ia mengubah badan. Jadi yang asli ialah berkaki ayam. Jika anda meletakkan sebarang kasut pada badan manusia itu adalah tidak normal. Ia adalah kerana apabila anda bersenam melakukan beberapa juak baring, anda tidak mempunyai peranti yang mengikat atau peranti yang mengubah pergerakan siku untuk mengubah corak pergerakan. Tanpa mengira orang yang telah mereka peranti ini fikirkan betul ini peranti mengikat membolehkan badan fungsi, yang secara semula jadi tanpa apa-apa untuk mengubah laluan semula jadi. Apabila anda melihat cara itu, apabila anda pergi ke kelab kesihatan, kita sesuai memakai pakaian yang longgar dan kita tidak meletakkan peranti yang diikat pada mana-mana kawasan tubuh manusia semasa bersenam. Jadi mengapa anda fikir bahawa memakai kasut adalah normal dan tidak memakai kasut tidak normal?

Can Running Cause Injuries? Watch this to see….

Presented at the 8th Malaysian Conference and Exhibition on Anti-Aging, Aesthetic and Regenerative Medicine and 1st International Congress on Anti-Aging, Aesthetic and Regenerative Medicine April 30, 2011 at 9:00am – May 2, 2011 at 12:00pm Shangri-La Hotel, 11 Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   As you know running can cause acute and chronic injuries. […]

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Presented at the

8th Malaysian Conference and Exhibition on Anti-Aging, Aesthetic and Regenerative Medicine and 1st International Congress on Anti-Aging, Aesthetic and Regenerative Medicine

April 30, 2011 at 9:00am – May 2, 2011 at 12:00pm
Shangri-La Hotel, 11 Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 

As you know running can cause acute and chronic injuries. Certainly running can cause injuries by people that fall down and get injured but we are not necessarily going to talk about that. Even though it is a fact that running can cause injuries.

 

If The Shoe Fits Should You Wear It? Watch this to see Dr. James Stoxen DC answer…

Presented at the 8th Malaysian Conference and Exhibition on Anti-Aging, Aesthetic and Regenerative Medicine and 1st International Congress on Anti-Aging, Aesthetic and Regenerative Medicine April 30, 2011 at 9:00am – May 2, 2011 at 12:00pm Shangri-La Hotel, 11 Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Another reason why my presentation is titled “Run For Life, Barefoot”, […]

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Presented at the

8th Malaysian Conference and Exhibition on Anti-Aging, Aesthetic and Regenerative Medicine and 1st International Congress on Anti-Aging, Aesthetic and Regenerative Medicine

April 30, 2011 at 9:00am – May 2, 2011 at 12:00pm
Shangri-La Hotel, 11 Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Another reason why my presentation is titled “Run For Life, Barefoot”, is because the shoe industry is promoting the various different high-tech implements and the adjustments to the human foot.

The foot is perfect when we’re born and they’re making these claims that wearing their shoes will make you a better runner, it is safer and you will be able to run a for a lifetime. They market the shoes as some sort of anti-aging device or something that will allow you to prevent injuries.

In reality 30 years ago they recommended all of these cushioning devices and now they are backtracking backpedaling and you see these new barefoot running shoes, if there is such a thing. I am promoting barefoot running and people going back to nature.

So in reality, what is right?

As doctors we have determined that because we have not advised our patients properly. Patients should not be advised by the person that sells the shoes in the stores because they don’t have medical training. The people doing research should advise patients and we must conduct more research. We need to look at this very carefully.

 

Satu lagi sebab mengapa pembentangan saya bertajuk Larian Untuk Kehidupan, Berkaki Ayam adalah kerana industri kasut mempromosikan pelbagai peralatan berteknologi tinggi yang berbeza dan pelarasan untuk kaki manusia. Kaki kita adalah sempurna semasa kita dilahirkan dan mereka sedang membuat dakwaan-dakwaan ini bahawa memakai kasut mereka akan membuat anda seorang pelari yang lebih baik, ia adalah lebih selamat dan anda akan dapat berlari untuk seumur hidup. Mereka memasarkan kasut sebagai sejenis peranti anti-penuaan atau sesuatu yang akan membolehkan anda untuk mengelakkan kecederaan. Dalam realiti 30 tahun yang lalu mereka mencadangkan semua peranti kusyen ini dan kini mereka mundur mengayuh ke belakang dan yang anda lihat ini baru kasut berjalan berkaki ayam, jika ada perkara seperti ini. Anda tahu menggalakkan berlari dengan berkaki ayam dan orang akan kembali ke alam semula jadi. Jadi dalam realiti, apa yang betul? Jadi, sebagai doktor, kami telah menentukan itu kerana kami telah menasihatkan pesakit kami dengan betul bahawa Pesakit tidak harus dinasihati oleh orang yang menjual kasut di kedai-kedai kerana mereka tidak mempunyai latihan perubatan. Orang-orang yang melakukan penyelidikan perlu menasihati pesakit dan kita perlu menjalankan lebih banyak penyelidikan. Kita perlu melihat perkara ini dengan berhati-hati.

Video Tutorial #1 – The Human Spring Approach And It’s Place In Anti-Aging Medicine

Video Tutorial #1 The Human Spring Approach and It’s Place in Anti-Aging Medicine By: Dr James Stoxen DC presented at: The 8th Malaysian Conference and Exhibition on Anti-Aging, Aesthetic and Regenerative Medicine April 30, 2011 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia How does the Human Spring Approach align with the field of Anti-aging Medicine or progressive preventive medicine? […]

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Video Tutorial #1
The Human Spring Approach and It’s Place in Anti-Aging Medicine
By: Dr James Stoxen DC
presented at: The 8th Malaysian Conference and Exhibition on Anti-Aging, Aesthetic and Regenerative Medicine
April 30, 2011
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

How does the Human Spring Approach align with the field of Anti-aging Medicine or progressive preventive medicine?

Anti-aging medicine is the EARLIEST detection, allowing the earliest and most effective intervention and prevention of age related diseases.

Most doctors agree that 90% of age related diseases are preventable if we catch them soon enough.

If we catch these problems before they become conditions patients can then continue with living long, happy, active and healthy lives.

This is an example of what can happen when we don’t do our job and evaluate our patients for these abnormal movement patterns.

After millions of impacts and movements over 60 years that is over 200,000,000 impacts causing a degenerative cycle in the hip or knee area.

Many doctors don’t think this is important enough and that is why over 400,000 people have either their knees or hips replaced

What is embarrassing is if that is your patient, then why didn’t you do something for them when they were in their 20s and 30s so they could have prevented that.

That’s anti-aging medicine, early detection, intervention and prevention of age-related diseases.

When patients are recommended a hip joint replacement and I ask them what was the reason the doctor said this?  Many say the doctor said “it is just NORMAL wear and tear” or “your hip was just getting old” and I say what about the other hip, its the same age.

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