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Dr. James Stoxen DC Has Been Appointed To Serve On The Global Advisory Board Of The International Sports Hall of Fame

  Dr. James Stoxen DC has been appointed to serve on the Global Advisory Board for the International Sports Hall of Fame. It is an honor to be appointed to serve on the Global advisory board of the International Sports Hall of Fame! “The International Sports Hall of Fame is a 501(c) Non Profit foundation […]

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Dr. James Stoxen DC has been appointed to serve on the Global Advisory Board for the International Sports Hall of Fame.

Dr. James Stoxen DC and Dr. Dr Robert M. Goldman MD, PhD, DO

It is an honor to be appointed to serve on the Global advisory board of the International Sports Hall of Fame!

“The International Sports Hall of Fame is a 501(c) Non Profit foundation established to honor the world’s greatest athlete legends in all sports. This is a global organization that believes recognition of these remarkable sports people should endure and be recognized long after their careers have ended. Just as important is what Hall of Fame candidates do later in life, in giving back to others and society, with charity work, and mentoring young people. The induction ceremonies are held annually every March at the Arnold Schwarzenegger Sports Festival, which is the world’s largest annual sports weekend, hosting 150,000 attendees and over 18,000 competing athletes. “

Dr. James Stoxen DC and Dr. Dr Robert M. Goldman MD, PhD, DO

Dr. Stoxen’s responsibilities as a Global Advisory Board member include assisting in making recommendations for potential candidates for induction into the the International Sports Hall of Fame.

Founder of the International Sports Hall of Fame, Dr. Robert M Goldman Md, PhD, DO;

Dr. Robert M Goldman MD, PhD, DO founded the International Sports Hall of Fame to honor and recognize the world’s greatest sports legends, not only for their sports achievements while competitive, but also what they have done to give back and help others.

Dr. Goldman, a former world champion strength athlete with over 20 world records. click here and listed numerous times in the Guinness Book of World Records, has for 25 years, been Chairman of the International Medical Commission, overseeing sport medicine committees in over 184 nations, thus is no stranger to interfacing with sports legends past and present globally. He is also Chairman and co-founder of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M), the largest Preventative Medicine medical society in the world, as well founder and international President Emeritis of the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). Dr Goldman was inducted into the World Hall of Fame of Physical Fitness, was awarded the Healthy American Fitness Leader Award from the President’s Council on Physical Fitness & Sports and U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and was the recipient of the ‘Gold Medal for Science, the Grand Prize for Medicine, the Humanitarian Award, the Business Development Award, and awarded the 2012 LifeTime Achievement Award in Medicine & Science.

Other distinguished members on the Global Advisory Board of the International Sports Hall of Fame include:

Dr Thomas Allen DO, MPH

Dr Allen is a Clinical Professor in the Center for Exercise and Sports Medicine at the University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine.  Dr Allen is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Pulmonary Medicine and holds a CAQ in Sports Medicine.

Randy Couture

Randy Duane Couture, is an American mixed martial artist, Greco-Roman wrestler, and actor. During his tenures in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), Couture became a three-time UFC Heavyweight Champion, two-time UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, an Interim UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, and was the UFC 13 Heavyweight Tournament Winner. Couture is the first fighter to hold two UFC championship titles in two different divisions (heavyweight and light heavyweight).

Dr Nick DiNubulie MD

Former Team Orthopedic Consultant-NBA Phillidelphia 76ers
Special Advisor-Presidents Council Physical Fitness & Sports
Nicholas A. DiNubile, MD serves as A4M’s Vice President. Dr. DiNubile is an Orthopaedic Surgeon specializing in Sports Medicine in private practice in Havertown, Pennsylvania. He is the author of the bestselling book, FrameWork- Your 7 Step Program for Healthy Muscles, Bones & Joints, and also is Executive Producer and host of the award winning national PBS television special, “Your Body’s FrameWork..” Dr. DiNubile serves as Orthopaedic Consultant to the Philadelphia 76ers Basketball Team and Pennsylvania Ballet.

Dr.Eduardo H. De Rose, MD, PhD

Member-International Olympic Committee Medical Commission
Past-president of the Brazilian Society of Sports Medicine (SBME)(two times), Honorary President of the Pan-American Confederation of Sports Medicine (COPAMEDE) and Honorary President, elected in Beijing 2006, of the International Federation of Sports Medicine (FIMS).

Dr.Rafael Santonja Gomez, Pharm.D

President-International Federation of Body Building & Fitness
President of the Spanish Association of Bodybuilding 1982/1990 Honour Medal of the Syrian Olympic Committee 1994 Honour Medal of the Pan-American Sports Organization Congress 1996 Honour Guest of the City of San Pedro Sula (Honduras 1997)

Master Alan Goldberg

Master Alan Goldberg is an American Martial Artist; he is one of the most respected individuals in the world of martial arts today. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York.

 

Stedman Graham

Graham is an entrepreneur and CEO of S. Graham & Associates, a Chicago-based corporate and educational marketing and consulting firm. He is also founder of AAD (formerly, Athletes Against Drugs), a non-profit organization that provides services to youth and has awarded over $1.5 million in scholarships since its founding in 1985.

Fairfax Hackley

Member-International Boxing Hall of Fame
Organizing Committee-Arnold Sports Festival

 

Mark Henry

Mark Jerrold Henry is a two-time Olympian, winner of national and world titles in powerlifting and weightlifting, world record holder in powerlifting, is a strength prodigy, and many experts in the field consider him to be the most naturally gifted strongman in history. His best lifts in weightlifting and powerlifting, added together, comprise a total which is the best in history.

Dr Ronald Klatz, MD, DO

Co-Founder-National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)
Dr. Ronald Klatz , who coined the term “anti-aging medicine,” is recognized as a leading authority in the new clinical science of anti-aging medicine. Physician founder and President of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine Inc. (“A4M”).

Dr. Klatz is the inventor, developer, or administrator of 100-plus scientific patents. In recognition of his pioneering medical breakthroughs, he was awarded the Gold Medal in Science for Brain Resuscitation Technology (1993) and the Grand Prize in Medicine for Brain Cooling Technology (1994). In addition, Dr. Klatz has been named as a Top 10 Medical Innovator in Biomedical Technology (1997) by the National Institute of Electromedical Information, and received the Ground Breaker Award in Health Care (1999) with Presidential Acknowledgment by William Jefferson Clinton from Transitional Services of New York.

Dr. Klatz has served as a contributor, editor, reviewer and advisor to Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Journal of Gerontology, Osteopathic Annals Medical Journal, Patient Care Medical Journal, Total Health for Longevity, and 50 Plus magazine. His columns on wellness and longevity have appeared in Pioneer Press (a division of Time-Life Inc), Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients, Spa Management Journal, The Wellness Channel, Fitness & Longevity Digest, Alternative Medicine Digest, Nutritional Science News, Healing Retreats & Spas, Skin Inc., and Longevity SA (for which he is served as Senior Medical Editor)

Dr. Klatz has co-hosted the national Fox Network television series Anti-Aging Update and served as national advisor for Physician’s Radio Network. He has appeared in interviews on CNN, USA Today TV, ABC News, NBC News, CBS News, Good Morning America, The Today Show, the Oprah Winfrey Show, Extra Daily TV News (partial list). Dr. Klatz has participated in articles appearing in the New York Times, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, Newsweek, Harper’s Bazaar, MacLean’s [Canada], Forbes Magazine, and Investor’s Business Daily (partial list).

Dr. Klatz is highly regarded by scientific and academic colleagues for his continuing medical education lectures on the demographics of aging and the impact of biomedical technologies on longevity. His scientific articles have been published in Resident and Staff Physician, British Journal of Sports Medicine. Medical Times/The Journal of Family Medicine, Osteopathic Annals, and American Medical Association News (partial list).

James Lorimer

Co-Founder-Arnold Sports Festival. Jim Lorimer was born on October 7, 1926 in Bristol, Pennsylvania, USA. In 1949, Jim married Martha Jean Whittaker. They have 3 children and 4 grandchildren.“When I was 13 years old, I wrote to FBI director J. Edgar Hoover and asked for advice on becoming an agent. Mr. Hoover’s response was that I should first become an attorney or an accountant.

Jim is a Certified Personal Trainer by the National Academy of Sports Medicine. During the administration of President George H. W. Bush, Jim served on the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.

In 2002, Jim received the “Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Lifetime Achievement Award” for his contributions to sports, his community and his nation. Iron Man Magazine presented its “Lifetime Achievement Award” to Jim in 2005.

Dr. Joseph Maroon MD

Team Neursurgeon-NFL Pittsburg Steelers
Vice Chairman Neurosurgeon Univ of Pittsburgh
Joseph C. Maroon, M.D., serves as A4M’s Senior Vice President. Dr. Maroon is a board certified Professor and Vice Chairman of Neurological Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and the Heindl Scholar in Neuroscience. A renowned neurosurgeon at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Dr. Maroon obtained his medical and neurosurgical training at Indiana University, Georgetown University, Oxford University in England and the University of Vermont.

James Manion 

Chairman-IFBB Professional League
President-National Physique Committee
James Manion is President of the National Physique Committee (NPC) of the USA, the American national affiliate of the 175-country-strong International Federation of Bodybuilding & Fitness (IFBB).

Dan O’Malley

Dan O’Malley is a coach, mentor, motivational speaker and businessman. He was a two sport professional athlete who competed in boxing and wrestling. During his athletic career, Dan faced many top contenders, Hall of Famers, and world champions, including former undisputed World Heavyweight Champion James “Buster” Douglas, the first man to knock out Mike Tyson. He was trained in the art of wrestling by Hall of Fame champion Buddy Rogers.

Dr.Thomas P. Rosandich, Ph.D.

President & Chief Executive Officer
United States Sports Academy
Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich, founder, president, and CEO of the United States Sports Academy, has been a prominent leader in sport for more than 50 years. As a coach and as an educator, Dr. Rosandich traveled extensively, creating sports programs around the world literally from scratch and building the United States Sports Academy into the largest sports educational institution in the world.

Prof. Rano Izhar Rahmat

Prof. Rano Izhar Rahmat a world-renowned expert on anti-aging and fitness performance, is the CEO-Asia of International Fitness Professional Association, Special Advisor to the World Anti-Aging Academy of Medicine and President of the Singapore Bodybuilding Federation – 1st athlete to be elected as President in 49 years since the establishment of the federation. He is a leading health and science speaker across United States and Asia.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger

Austrian and American former professional bodybuilder, actor, businessman, investor, and politician. Schwarzenegger served as the 38th Governor of California from 2003 until 2011 and the most successful Chairman of the Presidents Council on Physical Fitness & Sports in history He also founded the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness & Sports.

Dr. James Stoxen DC

President, Team Doctors
Dr. James Stoxen, D.C., owns and operates Team Doctors Chiropractic Treatment and Training Center. Team Doctors combines chiropractic care, therapy, active rehabilitation and strength training to prepare athletes for competitions.

 Dr Jan Todd PhD

World Champion Weightlifter
Founder-Stark Physical Culture Museum
Dr. Jan Todd, the Roy J. McLean Fellow in Sport History, is a professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education at The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Todd is a member of the Sport Management faculty, and teaches classes in sport history, sport philosophy, and sport and ethics. An active lecturer, Dr. Todd was named the Seward Staley Honor Lecturer for the North American Society for Sport History in 2008.

Dr Terry Todd PhD

World Champion Weightlifter
Founder-Stark Physical Culture Museum
Dr. Terry Todd (born December 31, 1937), is a former Powerlifter, and Olympic weightlifter. Dr. Todd is co-founder of the H.J. Lutcher Stark Center for Physical Culture and Sports, co-editor of Iron Game History: The Journal of Physical Culture, and creator and event director of the Arnold Strongman Classic.

David P. Webster OBE

Scotland’s David Webster has one of the most remarkable bodies of work of anyone in the world of Physical Culture, which includes many competitive sports.

 

Mr Min Zhu

Deputy Chairman-China Collection Sports Committee
Deputy President-China General Chamber of Commerce Foreign Affairs Committee
Mr Zhu is well known to the China Olympic Committee and has one of the largest collections of International Olympic
and China Olympic Committee artifacts and memorabilia. He was very involved in the development and execution of the Beijing Olympic Games as Deputy of China’s government ‘Think Tank’/China’s International Studies Foundation.

The 2012 International Sports Hall of Fame inductees were:

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, 7 Time Mr. Olympia, bodybuilding champion, movie star and former Governor of the State of California.

Cory Everson, 6 Time undefeated Ms. Olympia, bodybuilding champion, & movie star.

Mark Henry, 2 time Olympian, winner of national and world titles in powerlifting and weightlifting, world record holder in powerlifting, His best lifts in weightlifting and powerlifting, added together, comprise a total which is the best in history.

Jack LaLanneAmerican fitness, exercise, and nutritional expert and motivational speaker who is sometimes called “the godfather of fitness” and the “first fitness superhero.

Randy Duane Couture, an American mixed martial artist, Greco-Roman wrestler, and actor. three-time UFC Heavyweight Champion, two-time UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, an Interim UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, and was the UFC 13 Heavyweight Tournament Winner.
James Lorimer A man of great vision, principle and loyalty. Jim is an extremely hardworking and dedicated professional whose passion for sport; in particular, bodybuilding and fitness, is clearly evidenced by the fact that the Arnold Sports Festival has become, under his stewardship, the largest multi-sport festival in the U.S.A. 

 

 

Video Tutorial #11 – Training The Stabilizing Muscles that Improve Running and Walking and How Joe Weider Provided the Insight

  In 1993, I was appointed to the editorial advisory board for ‘muscle and fitness‘ magazine, by Mr. Joe Wieder himself. I’ll never forget that phone call. “Dr. Stoxen, I really like your articles! and I would like to know if you would like to be on my editorial advisory board for my magazine.” Joe […]

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In 1993, I was appointed to the editorial advisory board for ‘muscle and fitness magazine, by Mr. Joe Wieder himself.

I’ll never forget that phone call.

Dr. Stoxen, I really like your articles! and I would like to know if you would like to be on my editorial advisory board for my magazine.”

Joe Weider 1993

Of course, you know I thought that this was a prank by some friend of mine.

I hung up the phone and went back to treating patients.

About an hour later I got to thinking that the prankster didn’t call me back laughing yet.

Could that have been Joe Weider?

I hope not…  because I kinda blew him off.

You know how you think when you think you goofed.

A couple months later I got my muscle and fitness magazine in the mail.

There I was… listed on the editorial advisory board.

Ill never forget my reaction…..   UGH!  Holy crap!   It waaaas him!

All I could think about for months was how I blew him off.

Joe Wieder was my idol at the time.

Dr. James Stoxen DC working out with Joe Weider in his home gym in Los Angeles, California

However, magazine after magazine I kept reading and looking for some new exercises.

All I kept repeating was “ahhh the same old song and dance‘.

It seemed that most of the articles would train the same muscles, just a different champion in the pictures.

I read there were 602 muscles in the body yet M and F magazine discussed less than half of them.

I kept thinking….

  • What are those missing muscles?
  • What do those muscles do?
  • Why aren’t we training them?
  • What are the consequences of not training them?

Most bodybuilders, people exercising just to loose weight or look good, The Hollywood group stick to a routine that trains the beautiful muscles.

But of course, Joe Weider was still working out with me in his home gym at 87 so you have to think all that bodybuilding and the Weider nutrition must be helping!!!!

A distance runner who has inadequate strength of his postural or stabilizing muscles will be more prone to premature exhaustion or injury no matter how efficient his cardiovascular or respiratory systems may be.

Why?

What causes the fatigue?

Let me explain…..

When the primary movers are the only muscles we train or what I call, ‘the take off muscles‘ then the body flies through the air faster than it did before, theoretically speaking.

What we need to do is to train the take off muscles and the landing muscles!

Think about how an engineer would design a jet plane.

If you add a faster engine, the faster the plane flies, the greater the force of the impact on the landing.

It’s the old newtons law!

Force of the landing is equivalent to the mass of the plane times the speed.

The same exact law applies to you!

Most injuries happen during the landings.

For most of you, your big move towards improving safety in the landings is to wear an artificial spring instead of building your natural spring.  You wear cushion shoes.

Some cushion shoes are better than others.  You read about gels, air, midsole bla bla bla forever and the high tech Madison Avenue slogans get you!

I spend no time reading about the braces someone says I need.

In the commercial they hint around that my natural spring can’t accept the landings and that is why I need an artificial spring they want to sell me.

Here is the fact!  If you’re not working on stabilizing your landing muscles, when you do land, the limb will fall out of the safe range for acceptable alignment tripping the stabilizing muscles.  Soon they will fatigue then spasms set in.

How do I know?

I find spasms all over the legs, feet, hips and backs of athletes who run faster and with greater impacts then their spring suspension system, landing muscles can handle.

1. Weak spasmed accessory muscles reduce loading capacity of the human spring therefore reduce the amount of free elastic energy you can store and release. This reduces running efficiency.

Tonic spastic muscles exert compressive force on the two structures that they span.

For instance a spasm of the tensor fasciae late… Many of you know the illio tibial band.  You roll the hell out of it with those foam rollers. Ive never seen anyone with this condition do adequate 3-dimenstional stretching of the foot.

This muscle-tendon extends from the pelvis to the leg bone or the fibula.

So when it is in a tense spasmed state, it will pull those bones together to compress the hip and knee joints at the same time.  That is what I call the preload on the spring mechanism.

Take a close look at this illustration   Look at the left and right sides. On YOUR right the human spring is compressed because the spring suspension system muscles are weak.

This is what I find in patients who have a weak, collapsed and locked spring suspension system.

The spring suspension system consists of:

  • foot-arch spring complex of 33 interlocking joints with elastic ligaments that form a leaf spring
  • the spring suspension system muscles and tendons which suspend the foot-arch spring complex that give it spring energy when loaded at impact
  • the cartilage of each joint that when impacted bounce the impact force by squeezing out fluid during impact then when the impact is over absorb oxygen and nutrients back into the cartilage giving it a steady flow of nutrients
In this illustration, there is no abnormal internal force acting on the spring mechanism on the right side.  We illustrated how the human spring is effected by a constant abnormal internal compressive force.

Internal External Forces Conditions

Weakness, Collapse and Lock of the Human Spring Leads to Inefficiencies 

Human Spring Inefficiency – Muscle Fatigue and Energy Depletion - The inability to load negative stress and strain free force into the human spring in the optimum center point can trigger muscle spasms (tense painful muscles)   These spasms are typically turned on 24 hours a day 7 days a week.  They are muscles that are contracting and working even in your sleep. This is an obvious drain of energy stores that leads to a lack of recovery of energy from sleep.

When the mass is not sprung back from the exact center of the spring mechanism you won’t get maximum free spring energy return. Think of how a mechanical spring responds when you squeeze it down from an angle. Any abnormal spring back must be corrected by the stabilizing muscles. This burns valuable energy leading to a more rapid fatigue. The more rapid fatigue causes further abnormal motion.

The Efficient Human Spring turns into a Inefficient Human Lever - Also it doesn’t allow for loading and unloading of spring energy within the structure so you have to switch to muscular contractions that push the body with lever mechanics to ambulate.  This is because the muscle spasms compress the spring mechanism reducing the access to free spring energy.

Left unchecked, your once efficient form and technique goes into a tail spin and soon you are in a high risk for an acute injury or chronic condition.

Over Reactive Nervous System – Also since the muscle spasms are controlled by nerves that are active all night this makes it difficult to sleep. You sleep deeper when your nervous system shuts down.

Acute Injuries or Chronic Conditions 

Chronic Human Spring Failure - The compression of the hip and knee joint causes a preload tension on these joints which does not allow as much force to be loaded into the spring mechanism so it increases the likelihood of injuries to these areas.  The 3,650,000 impacts per year or 200,000,000 impacts you have by age 60 are more of a compressive grinding than a free spring loading of the joints which is what is theorized to cause the overall degeneration of the weight bearing joints leading to the necessity of knee and hip joint replacements.

Acute Human Spring Failure - This is what sets the human spring up for an acute injury when lifting or impacting.  The external force from lifting or impacting cannot be loaded into the human spring because it is already preloaded with compressive force.  The overload of compressive force is absorbed into the tissues in the form of a knee injury, back injury (herniated disc)

2. Tense, tight end spasmed muscles decrease unloading capacity

3. These muscle contractions that cause compression of these joints also creates a drag on the spring action which reduces efficiency and increases risk for impact related injuries. 

The landing muscles are missing from our exercise routine

I could remember as a kid reading that there were over 600 muscles in the human body!

I would read the muscle magazines that provided the latest and greatest information about building the muscles of the body.

The routines consisted of back and bicep exercises, chest and triceps exercises, legs, calves and abs. The routines seemed to be all the same.

Body building, body shaping and other routines makes you look like a world champion athlete.

It was so disappointing that something was definitely missing in these routines. What they were doing was training floors 3 – 7, or the ‘Hollywood Muscles‘ as I call them.

They totally neglecting floors 1 -3 or the spring suspension system or landing muscles.

It is important to note that the training programs given in popular bodybuilding magazines and weight training manuals focus almost entirely on developing the prime movers or (phasic) muscles involved in a given exercise but make little mention of the vital role played by the stabilizing or tonic muscles acting during the same exercise Since all motor actions involve a continual interplay between stability and mobility these simplistic training programs may be seen to be of limited value in serious sports training and the ability to walk for a lifetime. Supertraining by Siff Verhkoshansky

By leaving out the landing muscles and developing all the other muscles stronger you will be left with serious problems in ambulation during walking and running.

1. Train for appearance – only muscles we can see get trained leaving the landing muscles neglected. The body is eventually unable to land safely  leading to degeneration.

2. Train for performance -

3. Train for support of the human spring

Train like the champions before you!

Top athletes don’t do these incomplete training routines.

Many people look at the top athletes and mimic what they do.

I have treated almost 1000 national and world champion athletes.

You might think they have perfect mechanics.

If they did then why are they getting treated by me?

I looked at the physics and engineering as it applied to the human body and developed the most perfect approach to maintain that structure.

I throw out a lot of extraneous training approaches  using very logical and common sense reasoning.

If they don’t abide by the laws of nature, physics and engineering they arent worth doing.  I don’t care how good the guy looks.

When the foot lands the forces of landing are resisted by the spring suspension system or landing muscles.

Bang and Twist Walking VS  Spring Walking

If there is an imbalance in strength of these landing muscles there will be either:

  • over pronation – rolling too far inward
  • over supination – rolling too far outward
  • or just a bang and twist instead of a spring of the bodyweight through the foot.

These abnormal movements are what causes strain across the muscular linkage joint system that lead to the breakdown of the entire flooring system of the human spring.  For more information read this article:  What Is Foot Pronation And Foot Supination? Is It Good Or Bad?

The strongest links are developed together with the entire linkage system working as an integrated spring.

You only get imbalance of strength when you work the separate parts. How do you know that leg extensions with 140 pounds balance out the strength of 100 pound calf raises?

If the entire arch suspension system area is neglected day after day, month after month, year after year, the imbalance becomes more significant and the conditions, risk for injury and aging becomes more significant.

Am I saying that there is something missing with all forms of current training?

Yes, I am.

From a bio-engineering standpoint most people say, that makes sense.

You don’t have to take my word for it, listen to what the experts are saying…

With that let’s look at the support system of the spring mechanism and what training approach is required to maintain function in this area.

The muscles that provide a safe landing are in all 7 floors of springs

The body is a giant spring with 7 floors of springs:

  1. The arch
  2. The subtalar joint
  3. The ankle mortise
  4. The knee
  5. The hip
  6. The spine
  7. The head-neck

But the most important are in the arch-foot spring (see below)

Arch Spring/Tibialis Posterior

 

The landing muscles are important for 4 different functional strengths :

1. Static strength is the force that can be held in one place (force) – Standing for a length of time
a. Iron Cross (Gymnastics)
b. Tug-of-war
c. Standing

2. Dynamic Strength is the weight that can be moved through a distance (work), or the ability of muscle to generate force against a resistance. These muscles have to be able to resist forces for foot and body position in lifting or pushing
a. Powerlifting
b. Weight training
c. Lifting a box

3. Explosive Strength is the product of the force and speed (power). These muscles must be able to provide for a safe landing during more high impact  activities like running and jumping
a. Jumping
b. Sprinting
c. Plyometrics

4. Endurance Strength  is the strength to be able to resist forces for a safe landing for multiple landings as in long walks or runs.
a. Walking long distances
b. Running distances

Finnish researchers at the university of Jyvaskyla examined the characteristics of these three types of strength athlete using maximum squats, squat jumps, vertical jumps and dynamometers as part of the test battery (Hakinnen et al 1984) and found weightlifters possessed greater values for isometric and auxotonic strength per body mass than the other two groups as well as the highest rate of force production and greatest utilization of stored elasticity. Supertraining Siff Verhkoshansky

movement training

What I suggest is that you focus on working your tendons and connective tissue fibers from multiple joint angles. (see movement training above)

Try some new dance moves instead of the same old song and dance.

In fact dancing is an excellent way to develop muscles from all different angles which can help with your running.

My most favorite running drill is a zigzag run and of course I love to recommend multiple angle plyometrics to develop the landing gear or the spring suspension system muscles.

Watch above as Dr. James Stoxen DC trains 2 time USA Taekwondo Champion Christian Medina Barefoot Running with Zig Zag  Drills

For more information on this tutorial go to video tutorial #12,  How Does The Body Spring Back Safely From Impacts Of Running and Walking?, click here

as well as video tutorial #28 Self-Tests & Exercises To Reduce Over Pronation and Over Supination From Impacts During Walking and Running. click here

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PRESS RELEASE: Dr. James Stoxen DC Is Inducted Into The Personal Trainers Hall Of Fame August 17-18 2012 Dallas Convention Center

  PRESS RELEASE: Dr. James Stoxen DC Is Inducted Into The Personal Trainers Hall Of Fame, August 17-18 At The Dallas Convention Center. Dr. James Stoxen DC is inducted in the Inaugural Personal Trainers Hall of Fame at the Europa Supershow August 18th with legends, Ted Gambordella, Larry North, Dr. John Spencer Ellis and Scott Sonnon.  According […]

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PRESS RELEASE: Dr. James Stoxen DC Is Inducted Into The Personal Trainers Hall Of FameAugust 17-18 At The Dallas Convention Center.

Dr. James Stoxen DC

Dr. James Stoxen DC is inducted in the Inaugural Personal Trainers Hall of Fame at the Europa Supershow August 18th with legends, Ted Gambordella, Larry North, Dr. John Spencer Ellis and Scott Sonnon.  According to Ted Gambordella, only 5 to 10 personal fitness trainers were considered for induction in the hall of fame per year.  However, there were many awards given to personal trainers for various contributions to personal training.

After reviewing his schedule, Dr. James Stoxen DC advised Dr. Gambordella he had made previous commitments to the Australasian Academy of Anti-Ageing Medicine to lecture at the 6th Annual A5M Conference, Melbourne Australia August 18-19, 2012, the same weekend he was to be inducted.  click here  In addition, Dr. Stoxen made a commitment to Anthony Field to help him promote his book, How I Got My Wiggle Back, published by Harper Collins, in Australia and Wiley publishing in the US.

 

I want to thank Ted Gambordella for allowing me to be inducted into the hall of fame via satellite feed from Australia. Thank you, Ted!   I will be a major supporter of the hall of fame to assist you in growing the organization.” Dr. Stoxen

Watch above as Dr. James Stoxen SC gives his acceptance speech into the Induction into the Personal Trainers Hall of Fame!

Dr. Ted Gambordella

Dr. Ted Gambordella, President of the personal Trainers Hall of Fame is considered a living fitness legend. He has made significant contributions to martial arts, fitness, and training in America and the World during the last 63 years; 9th Degree Black Belt and has 47 Years of teaching experience.  Grandmaster Instructor of the Year 2000,  Martial Arts Weapons Hall of Fame 2001,  Martial Art Legends Hall of Fame 2001 and 2002, World Black Belt Hall of Fame 2003, Personal Trainers Hall of Fame 2007, Karate Masters Hall of Fame 2011, 3 Time USA Karate Sparring Champion and 2 Time USA Karate Weapons Champion.

Dr. Gambordella, fitness professional,  has Authored 42 Books, 38 DVD’s and over 400 videos. Dr. Gambordella invited me to appear as a guest on his TV pilot, Live 2B 100. click here  The show, hosted by Ted featured exercise, diet, nutrition and interviews with guest experts to educate and motivate people to live long, happy lives.

Larry North started his media career on talk radio where he performed for over 25 years. Shortly after that his best selling infomercial became one of the most popular weight loss infomercials ever. Three books, a chain of health clubs, and thousands of TV appearances and live presentations have turned Larry North into a household name in fitness, weight loss, and health.

 

Dr. John Spencer Ellis is the CEO of the National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association (NESTA), Spencer Institute for Life Coaching, International Triathlon Coaching Association (ITCA), and the Mixed Martial Arts Conditioning Association (MMACA). He created programs used by Cirque du Soleil, Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard, and consults the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championships).

 

Scott Sonnon‘s array of patented equipment – such as the Clubbell, have become legendary in their unique effectiveness. His Circular Strength Training and TACFIT Systems can now be found in 58 countries worldwide and counting, earning Scott a place in the National Fitness Hall of Fame Museum, the International Martial Arts Hall of Fame and the Personal Trainer Hall of Fame. Black Belt Magazine named him one of the top six “Most Influential Martial Artists of the 21st Century” (February, 2011.)

 

Lou Ferrigno is an American actor, fitness trainer/consultant, and retired professional bodybuilder. As a bodybuilder, he won an IFBB Mr. America title and two consecutive IFBB Mr. Universe titles. He appeared in the film, Pumping Iron. As an actor, he is best known the title role in the CBS television series The Incredible Hulk. He has also appeared in European-produced fantasy-adventures such as Sinbad of the Seven Seas and Hercules, and as himself in the TVs The King of Queens, movie I Love You, Man and season five of the reality series, Celebrity Apprentice.

 

The point of the Personal Trainers Hall of Fame event is to honor the people in our communities that help to make us healthier and happier through their line of work. We believe that many qualified people, not just celebrities, deserve to be in The Personal Trainer Hall of Fame. Furthermore, we believe that by celebrating the contributions of the fitness community the members of our hall of fame will be able to enjoy greater success in their line of work.

The people who dedicate their lives to the world of fitness make a profound difference in the lives of the people they work with as well as their communities. There are very few professions which call for your undying loyalty and commitment, much less professions like personal training which literally change lives on a daily basis. Fitness Professionals in this world are long overdue for an organization that is dedicated to celebrating the work that they do, and the outstanding example they set for us all.

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He became a chiropractor at a young age of 24.  ”I did not want to just be a doctor.  I wanted to be a doctor AND a trainer of champions.”  The only way to learn the secrets of human performance was from the best of the best.  So, in his first 6 years volunteered his services at 60+ amateur and professional national and world champion sporting events at his own expense to work with and be a student of the worlds top athletes, coaches and sports doctors.

In 1991, he became one of the first chiropractors in the world to open a full rehabilitation and sports training center.  I found that the accepted approaches to training along with standard-of-care medical practices currently used just didn’t make sense to me. And they weren’t providing the long-term results I desired for my patients. There were conflicting schools of thought. For example, top trainers had athletes performing plyometric drills while doctors were telling patients that running, aerobics, jumping and other high impact activities, were bad for them.

I soon discovered that the conflicting information and advice I observed between doctors and trainers, and even among medical specialties, resulted from a misunderstanding of human mechanics. What’s more, I found these misconceptions could only be cleared up once we understand how the body functions in relationship to the world around it — a world governed by laws of nature engineering, physics and, most importantly, common sense.  The Team Doctors Training Center of Champions and my work with top athletes was the proving ground for the development of the Human Spring Model and Approach.

His insight into new and innovative examination, treatment and training approaches has earned him the reputation as a top speaker internationally in the fields of sports medicine, anti-aging medicine and other specialized areas of health. Dr Stoxen has organized and given over 1000 live presentations all over the world.  Dr Stoxen has lectured on treatment, training and progressive preventive approaches to over 50,000 doctors and scientists at medical CME / ACME accredited medical conferences around the world including China, Japan, Indonesia, UK, Germany, Monaco, Malaysia, Brazil, Spain, Russia, Australia, Thailand, Mexico, Columbia, South Africa and throughout the United States.

He has chaired medical committees for numerous international sports organizations and has personally trained more than 40 athletes to win national or world championships. Dr. Stoxen has spent years in the trenches working sometimes 16-18 hours a day for over 100+ days straight training and motivating his patients and athletes to become champions.  In the last 27 years it is estimated that he has consulted with almost 1,000 national and world champions and entertainers.

“What I learned is you cannot become a Personal Trainers Hall Of Fame member if you don’t challenge the system to improve. It means sticking your neck on the line knowing you may get hit a few times but if you want to be a champion then you have to take a few hits on your way up.” Dr. James Stoxen DC

JUST NEVER GIVE UP!

“I would like to congratulate Dr Ted Gambordella, Larry NorthDr. John Spencer Ellis and Scott Sonnon,  the other inductees. I am honored to be to be included with these legends.”

“It goes without saying that to be inducted into the Personal Trainers Hall of Fame is one of the highest honors that a trainer can receive. It should also go without saying that one does not come to accept this without the guidance, the direction, and the support of others. 

I would like to thank the following people for their ongoing commitment and support:

I want to especially thank my close friend, Dr. Robert Goldman M.D., Ph.D., D.O., FAASP; ”Dr Bob” for his years of friendship and support.  As you know Dr Bob Goldman is the President Emeritis of the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). He is also the co-founder and Chairman of the Board of the A4M and Chairman of the World Anti-Aging Academy of Medicine (WAAAM). Dr. Goldman serves as Chairman of the International Medical Commission overseeing sports medicine committees in over 184 nations. D

I would also especially like to thank my close friend, Dr. Ronald Klatz, M.D., D.O;, Founder of the National Academy of Sports Medicine He is the physician founder and President of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M). In his capacity as A4M President, Dr. Klatz oversees AMA/ACCME-approved continuing medical education programs for more than 100,000 physicians, health practitioners, and scientists from over 105 countries worldwide.

Id like to thank my close friend, John Abdo for his 25 years of friendship and support.  John Abdo is a World-Wide decorated authority on life motivation, health, fitness, nutrition and athletic conditioning. At age 25, Earnie Frantz the founder of the World Powerlifting Congress and the American Powerlifting Federation (APF) trusted me with the duties of the federations team doctor for the 6 years, 1986-1992.

I’d also like to thank my father, Dr Paul Stoxen DC, my mother, Lydia Stoxen and daughter, Paige Jordan.  Thank you to my hard working staff at Team Doctors, Diana Brant, Alma Romero, Laura Zamarripa and Tania Camarena.  Also, thanks to my education director, Debbie Wessman for helping me put out the 250 video tutorials and articles Ive written in the last 6 months.

I want to thank some special friends, Anthony Field, Paul Field, Dr Rich Gringeri DC, and Greg Truman for How I Got My Wiggle Back.  Also special thanks to the late Dr Ed Enos for trusting me in coordinating the second powerlifting team competitions in the former Soviet Union in 1988 and working with me to develop the historic first sports medicine course at the famed Central Institute of Physical Culture and Sports Sciences in Moscow when I was just 26 years old.

friends and colleagues, Irina Vdovets, the late, Dr. Bob Delmonteque, John Figarelli, Tamilee Webb, Kathy KaehlerPhil Broxham, Henry Love Vaughn, Fernando Hernandez, Paul Andrews, Michael Cherskov, Carrie M. Austin, Lemeul Austin, Victor Shenkin, Diane Frantz, Ed Coan, Dr. Bob Gajda, Shane HammanBill Dobbins, Joe Weider, Ben WeiderHelen Anton, Bill Anton, Dr. Jim Bell (IFPA), Jun Matsuyama (A4M Japan), Dr Paul Ling Tai, Dr. Nick Delgado, Dr Dato Harnam, Dr Selvaraj Y Subramaniam,  Bobby Chia, Kevin Lyman, Kerry Nicholson, Charlo Crossley, Dave Brown, Heidi Froelich, Kevin Trudeau, Natalia Trudeau, Janine Contursi, Lee Kenny, Glen Knoblauch, Jon Herington, Debbie Lane,  Sonny Burke, Vincent Corry, George Daniels, Cindy Chapman, Stephanie Kuo, Arny Granat, Mike Kline, Ken Bob Saxton, Deon Bolden, Michael Sandler, Jennifer Sandler, Tamara Gerken, Dan Weiss, Chris Weathers, Lois De La Haba, David Diaz, Miguel Macho Hernandez, Jason Robinson, Christopher Riley, George Hernandez, Dominic Pesoli, Sam Colona, Doreen Brown, Dr James Winterstein DC, Mario Martinez, Diamond Baier, Rudy Cisneros, Jaime Sandoval, Rocky Martinez, Andrei Arlovski, Shonie Carter, Leo Khorlonsky, Alex Dubovic, Alex Andyevsky, Dr Steven Press DC, Dr Scott Calzaretta DC, Dr David Pierson DC,  Dr John Petrozzi DC, Bill Scalise DCDr Rick Speizer DC, Timothy FuelingDr Amir Majidi DC, Donald Peterson, Garrett Cuneo, Lauren KennedyKent Greenawalt, Ramon McLeod, Dr. Fabrizio Mancini DC, Dr Howard Fisher DC, James Yiatras, Robert Haas, Mala Chandran, Jayagandi Jayaraj, Irene MichaelsDan Arguello, David Fisher ,Dave Deuser and John L Reese.

I will be adding many more to come.

Below are some of the pictures from the Personal Trainers Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony:

Dr. James Stoxen DC being inducted into the Personal Trainers Hall of Fame by Ted Gambordella at the Dallas Convention Center.

 

Personal Trainers Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony featuring Ted Gambordella, Dr. James Stoxen, Lou Ferrigno, Larry North, Dr. John Spencer Ellis and Scott Sonnon at The Dallas Convention Center

 

The Inaugural Personal Trainers Hall of Fame Europa Supershow

 

For more information about the Personal Trainer Hall of Fame Awards, click here

Video Tutorial #14 My 8 Secrets To Improving Walking and Running Efficiency Through Maximizing The Human Spring

My 8 Secrets To Improving Walking and Running Efficiency Through Maximizing The Human Spring Tips For Better Health Ask the doctor, Dr James Stoxen DC There are many causes of fatigue symptoms and reduced walking and running efficiency… During walking and running we burn most of our energy from muscle fatigue. So, if inefficiency in walking […]

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My 8 Secrets To Improving Walking and Running Efficiency Through Maximizing The Human Spring

Tips For Better Health

Ask the doctor, Dr James Stoxen DC

There are many causes of fatigue symptoms and reduced walking and running efficiency…

During walking and running we burn most of our energy from muscle fatigue.

So, if inefficiency in walking and running is an important cause of fatigue, then a logical first step to diagnosis fatigue would be to evaluate the reason why we could be burning too much energy so that we could arrive at a more precise fatigue diagnosis.

When you go to the doctor complaining that you are always tired with muscle pain, fatigue and body aches, most doctors just do blood tests as the only fatigue test. When they come out negative, they wonder why they cannot find the cause of your fatigue and exhaustion.

This article is important for you if you seem to be always tired but:

  • want to increase your fatigue limit and have more natural energy.
  • want more energy in the performance of activities of daily living such as simple walking.
  • want improved efficiency and to reduce weakness and fatigue in distance running and other sports.
  • want to reduce the fatigue weakness that causes fatigue failure during impacts called overuse injuries like plantar fasciists, shin splints, leg, hip and back spasms or herniated discs.

This is the key!

Muscles fatigue faster when you use your body as a lever mechanism instead of the more efficient spring mechanism.

By releasing and strengthening your human spring as well as learning how to best use your spring mechanism,  you may be able to increase your fatigue limit.  

In this post I will answer questions such as:

  1. How do I improve walking and running efficiency?
  2. How do I protect myself from impacts that lead to fatigue strain and overuse injuries?
  3. Why am I so tired and how do I prevent extreme fatigue like chronic fatigue syndrome?

In the walking or running game, many athletes, coaches and trainers site muscle fatigue as one of the leading causes of poor performance.

Muscle fatigue will leave the joints to fall out of the most efficient alignment leading to fatigue strain that increases the risk of painful walking conditions and running related injuries.

Muscle fatigue and connective tissue weakness of the spring suspension system muscles or locking of the human spring, effects proper walking form, running technique and fatigue in sports, leading to poor performance in competitions that are chalked up to having a “bad day”.

With extreme or chronic fatigue, those battling fatigue every day without relief in sight can slide into fatigue depression, which will serve to exacerbate the problem, immensely.

Understanding how your human spring uses FREE elastic spring energy from the elastic tissues instead of muscle will allow you to improve efficiency of movement.

This article will teach you my 8 secrets to improving walking and running efficiency through maximizing human spring as a fatigue fighter…

What is muscle fatigue and what are the causes of muscle fatigue?

You will definitely fatigue faster if your body relies on muscles to push you as a lever mechanism during walking and running instead of of your human spring mechanism, springing you.

The two main functions of your human spring mechanism are:

ENERGY RECYCLING – Whether you run, jog, walk, use running for weight loss, barefoot run or running for your life, the spring suspension system muscle group recycles energy, making ambulation more efficient. If left undetected, a weakness in the suspension system can lead to acute or chronic fatigue.   The Human Spring Model and Approach is a very simple, common sense model to study how the body stores, releases, and recycles energy for maximum efficiency.

PROTECTION FROM IMPACTS – The spring suspension system muscles (AKA landing muscles) protect you from the impacts of walking, running and sports.  So, any amount of muscle fatigue or preload tension on the spring suspension system can cause a potential injury.

Muscle fatigue can contribute to low energy levels and even extreme fatigue.  This can lead to pain and fatigue which can cause reduced performance and sport related injuries.

Chronically exhausted muscles fail to maintain the spring in the optimum alignment leaving the connective tissue in constant fatigue strain during simple movement causing constant daily damage to the bone, cartilage, tendons and ligaments.

Because we impact the earth 200,000 times by our 60th birthday this constant fatigue strain on the joints is what I feel is the primary cause of Degenerative Joint Disease (D.J.D) of the knee and hip that leads to preventable knee and hip replacements.

Sports related, overuse, impact injuries such as plantar fasciitis, shin splints, stress fractures,  knee injuries, hip injuries and of course herniated discs could be attributed to this breakdown in the spring mechanism.

If you have unexplained poor performance in sports and leisure activities and any of these conditions above, odds are you MAY have an inefficient spring mechanism.

In this article I am going to focus on improving your walking and running efficiency

WALKING EFFICIENCY – We will review what walking form and technique will allow you to walk with natural spring in your step.

RUNNING EFFICIENCY – Which conditioning or running program will allow you to maximize human spring potential so you can run fast, run faster and with improved running efficiency.

The best way to maximize walking and running efficiency is to learn how your human spring mechanism works and maximize its potential!  Understanding the engineering of the spring impact resistance mechanism can give you more detailed answers for your acute or chronic fatigue diagnosis. Dr James Stoxen DC

How does the human spring work to improve efficiency?

When you walk or run, the most efficient way to move is to load the forces of impacts into the elastic deforming tissues such as tendons and connective tissue structures and the least amount of loading forces into the muscles.

The way to understand how the human spring  functions best, is to first look at the laws of physics and second to look at the scientific studies. 

The key to understating how the body resists impacts and recycles energy is to apply the accepted laws of physics to the human body.  I believe that when there are discrepancies between what is predicted by the laws of physics and the results of studies, then the laws of physics trumps the results of studies. If the variances cannot be explained by these laws then I assume there is a flaw in the study or the results and or conclusions are misinterpreted.

Hooke’s Law of Spring Mechanics 

Hooke’s Law applies to spring mechanics.

It does not apply to lever mechanics.

Does a lever ever completely spring back to its original shape?

The body is not a lever. It is a spring

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 or yield point.

The bottom line is that the more deformable or elastic your body becomes the more it can dissipate shocks as well as store, release and therefore recycle free elastic energy.

This is the key to improving the efficiency of your performance.  

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

For more information on how Hooke’s Law applies to the human spring read these articles:

  • Video Tutorial #9  Hooke’s Law Of Physics, click here
  • Video Tutorial# 143 What I Learned From Javier Sotomeyer , click here
  • Video Tutorial #28 Reduce Over Pronation and Over Supination, click here
  • Video Tutorial #12 Does The Body Spring Back Safely From Impacts?, click here

Force Of Impact/Energy Stored And Released

The human body abides by the ‘Hooke’s Law of Physics’

This loading of spring energy into the elastic components saves or recycles energy and therefore it increases muscle efficiency and overall efficiency of movement. For a clearer understanding, see picture above.

The muscles that power vertebrate locomotion are associated with springy tissues, both within muscle and in connective tissue elements such as tendons. These springs share in common the same simple action: they stretch and store elastic strain energy when force is applied to them and recoil to release energy when force decays. Although this elastic action is simple, it serves a diverse set of functions, including metabolic energy conservation, amplification of muscle power output, attenuation of muscle power input, and rapid mechanical feedback that may aid in stability. Flexible mechanisms: the diverse roles of biological springs in vertebrate movement, Thomas J. Roberts and Emanuel Azizi 

This tensioning or rewinding of the tendon fibers burned largely isometric muscle contractions is achieved with very little change in the length of the muscle fibers themselves. Supertraining Yuri Verkhoshansky Mel C. Siff

The muscles contract to one length.  The tendons stretch to allow the movement of the joints. This elastic recoil of your elastic tissue is the most efficient method of ambulation. This is spring action and not lever action.  Therefore developing better spring strength is the key to maximum efficiency.  Dr James Stoxen DC

Essentially what this research found was that muscle contraction was not the primary mode of propulsion during running.  This explains the efficiency in running long-distance through the spring action or elastic recoil action of tendons and connective tissue fibers versus muscle contractions.

So how can you increase walking and running efficiency to reduce fatigue?

Here ya go….

Increase maximal “safe” loading of the force of impact into the elastic tissues by:

  • Maximize Spring Loading by Releasing the Protective Reflex Muscle Spasms that Preload and Compress the Human Spring.
  • Maximize Spring Loading by Increasing Flexibility of the Elastic Tissues. 
  • Maximize Spring Loading by Maximizing Joint Play of all joints of the Human Spring.
  • Maximize Lever Strength of Spring Suspension System Muscles and Tendons.
  • Maximize Spring Strength of the Spring Suspension Muscles and Tendons. 
  • Increase the Aerobic Endurance Strength of the Spring Suspension. 
  • Reduce Mental Stress that may cause a Preload Compressive Force on the Human Spring.

The first important step is to understand the anatomy and function of the human spring.

supportive cuff muscles

This is what I call the spring suspension system also known as the landing muscles or the pronator supinator cuff muscles (pictured above)

When you look at the structure of these muscles (above) they are primarily tendons with some muscle structure closer to the origin. The obvious long tendon length engineering tells you these muscles are more suited for elastic recoil or spring rather than muscle contraction or lever push activities as opposed to the gluteus maximus which is mostly muscle and less tendon.

My 8 Secrets To Improving Walking and Running Efficiency through Maximizing Human Spring

1.  Maximize spring loading by releasing the tonic protective reflex spasms that preload the spring

If you don’t do this before every walk or run, you could develop a locked spring.  What I’m finding during clinical diagnosis of patients who walk or run with a locked spring and have impact related injuries such as;

  • an inefficient or defective spring
  • plantar fasciitis
  • heal pain
  • shin splints
  • knee pain
  • hip pain and
  • low back pain
  • herniated discs that don’t heal  (they do heal you know)

How To Release Spasms from your Human Spring

2.  Maximize spring loading by increasing flexibility of the Elastic Tissues 

Sometimes when I see runners warm-up I see them stretching their foot while standing in an attempt to flex the knee until the heel approximates the gluteal muscles. Have you ever kicked your own ass with your heel when running?  NOOOOOO Why would you think you need to stretch your quad this far?

Meanwhile your foot takes up the majority of the impact forces and it is the only body part that is locked in a binding device all day.  You MUST stretch your bare foot in all directions AND separate the toes with the scissors stretch and my Mortons neuroma stretch.(see lower in this post for links)

The main impact force is primarily absorbed and stored and recycled through the connective tissue structures of the arch of the foot and the suspension system that is represented by the tibialis posterior, tibialis anterior, peroneus longus and peroneus brevis muscles.  Along with all the other muscles you stretch you must stretch the foot and ankle in the directions of inversion, eversion, adduction abduction, pronation, supination,

How to Stretch your Human Spring

I have evaluated a lot of top athletes and celebrities feet, as a doctor who has worked with Dancing With The Stars Tour, So You Think You Can Dance Tour, Michael Flatley’s Celtic Tiger Tour along with many more.  I have found that the elite level professional dancers’ feet, have had some of the strongest impact resistant and lower extremities of any athlete that I’ve ever examined!

I see a lot of people stretching and holding the stretch for long durations thinking that this provides better flexibility. It certainly seems like you’ll get increased flexibility by taking your time to stretch the structures, however this is definitely not the case when performing the drills to increase dynamic flexibility and strength within the ranges.

Where did I learn a lot about flexibility and strength?

My close friend and former girlfriend, Irena Vdovets, USA National Team Coach USA Olympic Rhythmic Gymnastics Team, taught me a lot about flexibility and strength.

Irina Vdovets is Founder and Owner of  Illinois Rhythmic Gymnastics Training Center.

Irina Vdovets

Irina Vdovets, the only two-time U.S. Olympic rhythmic gymnastics coach (1988, 1992), was the coach for Olympians Michele Berube, Jenifer Lovell and Diane Simpson-Bundy. She coached the U.S. World Championships Team four times (1985, 1987, 1989 and 1991) and was a U.S. national team coach from 1985-95. In 1986-87, Vdovets was honored as the U.S. Rhythmic Coach of the Year. Vdovets currently lives in Chicago and is the program director at Illinois Rhythmics.

Right to left, Edwin Vdovets, Irina Vdovets, Dr. James Stoxen DC and dancers from the Ricky Martin Tour

Being educated in achieving the level of master of sports and of course the incidental fact that she was the national team coach for the US Olympic team in the 1988 and 1992 Olympic Games, she understood how strength training should be performed at maximum flexibility ranges of motion.

I remember how she had long elastic bands attached to the feet, specifically the arches of the feet of the gymnasts and had them go through incredibly flexible positions where the band was fully stretched at this maximum flexibility point, adding maximum strength at maximum ranges of motion.

Irina Vdovets two-time U.S. Olympic rhythmic gymnastics coach (1988, 1992)

This kind of strength training at the maximum range of motion is something usually only seen at the Olympic level. That is why they become champions and others do not.

Not only must you have maximum flexibility within the range of motion you are training at, but you must have maximum impact spring strength in the end range. You will also need maximum impact training at end ranges of motion of inversion, eversion, adduction, abduction, pronation, supination, dorsiflexion and plantar flexion within the spring suspension system to insure you:

  1. have maximum protection from impact forces in all ranges these muscles work.
  2. have maximum recycling of energy and efficiency from impact forces in all ranges these muscles work.

I do the same release stretch and dynamic flexibility training that I am recommending to you in this article.

Is there a difference between how long muscles take to strengthen vs tendons?

Before I run barefoot and before my athletes run, I spend 20 minutes stretching these muscles with these techniques:

3.  Maximize Elastic Spring Loading by Maximizing Joint Play of all the Joints of the Human Spring 

The spring loading happens in the foot. You must make sure all the 33 joints of the foot are released so the spring energy can be loaded and unloaded into the arch of the foot to maximize the slingshot effect of the suspension system muscle “snap” at toe off. So this could be considered a treatment of fatigue.

Muscles and tendons that connect to the 33 joints of the foot such as the tibialis posterior, attached to bones that must be able to move in the full range of motion of their design. If the muscle–tended complex can’t move the bones in the full ranges of motion of plantar flexion, dorsi flexion, eversion, inversion, abduction, adduction, pronation and supination than it’s impossible for the muscle–tendon to get maximum strength.

How does a locked spring feel?  

In some cases the foot feels like a piece of frozen steak that you just took out of the freezer. It’s not cold it’s just a rigid lever versus a springy wiggly spring mechanism.

The primary joints that I find that lock are the metatarsal cuneiform joints of the second and third digits (toes). It’s also interesting that these tendons of your spring suspension system muscles attach directly in these areas.  The area is around the blue tendon click here

4. & 5. Maximize Lever Strength and Spring Strength of the Spring Suspension Muscles.

In order to get maximum strength of the spring suspension system connective tissue structures, the ultimate training to:

  1. MUSCLE CONTRACTILE TISSUE STRENGTH –  This can happen in as early as 2 to 3 weeks - do resistance training which I call lever training of all the muscles of the spring suspension system.
  2. TENDON AND ELASTIC CONNECTIVE TISSUE STRENGTH – It takes approximately 20 weeks to strengthen tendons and ligaments. More importantly, do impact or spring training of of all the muscles of the spring suspension system to strengthen these elastic structures.

Over pronation and over supination are a result of a weakness in the muscles and tendons that maintain the foot within the safe range.

The majority of injuries are related to some inability to absorb the impact forces of the landings.

What that means is that when the impact force becomes absorbed into this pre-loaded structure there is no place for the impact force to go because it’s at maximum capacity. Therefore there is no other place but into the connective tissues or joint structures.

The result is, plantar fasciitis, heel pain injuries, shin splints, knee pain, hip pain and of course the most common pre-load force overload on the compression springs of the spine called the herniated, bulged or slipped vertebral discs.

Science has determined the optimum way to build tendon and connective tissue strength and muscle power is by minimum contact time on the ground during plyometric jumps etc

The ability to store elastic energy depends on the magnitude of the stretching, the loading of the mechanism and the transition time between the termination of the eccentric component which is the loading of the spring at foot plant and the concentric component or the unloading of the spring at toe off.  

If there is a delay between the loading and the unloading then there is less stored elastic energy because a more prolonged delay will allow fewer cross bridges to remain attached after the stretch (Edman Et Al 1976).

The ability to store elastic energy depends on the magnitude of the stretching, the loading of the mechanism and the transition time between the termination of the loading or the eccentric component and the toe off or the concentric phase of the movement.

This means that the longer the contact time the more plastic deformity happens.  

It has been noted that the greater the velocity of stretching during the eccentric loading of the force of the impact into the mechanism the greater the storage of elastic energy (Rack & Westbury 1974)

This means that movements must be quick to develop maximum spring strength.

Footwear with cushions slows the loading time.

What this also means is that your landing with no binding devices or cushions on the foot ie; barefoot during dynamic stretching drills may be optimum for developing maximum spring strengthen and optimum efficiency.

What is interesting is that scientists have found that the longer the contact time the more plastic deformity happens.  This allows for maximum elastic deformity with minimal plastic deformities.  

It also means that a job where an athlete is standing on his feet for a sustained period of time is not the optimum job if you want to maximize performance efficiency and reduce risk of injuries from a locked spring.  

I stand on my feet 12 – 16 hours a day sometimes 7 days a week for weeks on end doing pain exorcisms to release chronically ill patients from physical lockdown of the spring mechanisms.  You would think that I should always be tired or in some myalgic state from fatigue of connective tissue structures or in a state of exhaustion, but Im not.

So how do I accomplish barefoot running 5-6 miles on solid concrete 3 days a week without injuries or conditions?

I prepare all my athletes and myself for barefoot training with the steps listed in this article. 

We cannot just do high impact, quick spring movements on a cold, stiff, or locked human spring.  

What has been recommended by many top strength coaches is that we do a combination of tendons stretching during the dynamic movements of the warm-up before this high impact spring training (plyometrics).

Dynamic Stretching – Performing the movements of running while stretching at the same time.

This points to a training or running style that is common amongst barefoot runners. The stride length is shorter and the foot, ankle, and the rest of the lower extremities remains completely relaxed at impact. This achieves maximum depth of the loading of the force of the impact into the spring and allowing the momentum and the force of gravity pulling the athlete to fall forward to create the SnapBack or elastic recoil release of energy in the toe off.

Essentially what the theory says is that by getting maximum eccentric loading of energy into the elastic recoil mechanism of the muscle tendon unit you are also developing a stronger muscle tendon unit with primary action occurring in the elastic components versus the muscular components. The more a runner relies on the elastic recoil or spring energy the more efficient the runner will become.

 Examples of this connective tissue strengthening drills are:

  1. zigzag runs
  2. side shuffles
  3. carioca drills and
  4. one other interesting training method is freestyle or structured barefoot dance activities.

Watch above as Dr. James Stoxen DC trains 2 time USA Taekwondo Champion Christian Medina Barefoot Running with Zig Zag  Drills

For more articles on Human Spring Strengthening drills,

To better understand how the body springs your body off the ground and how to improve your ability to do this efficiently I highly recommend you read these two posts:

6. Increase the Aerobic Endurance Strength of the Spring Suspension 

I find clinically that patients with a chronically locked spring are always tired.

You can have a stiff or released aerobically weak human spring and still have injuries.  The injuries happen after the spring suspension system muscles get tired through overuse or great strain or stress over distances leading to muscle pain fatigue and a high risk for injuries.

The other reason why we have injuries during impacts especially when adding miles is from the fatigue weakness of the elastic recoil mechanisms of the spring suspension system muscles.

When the spring suspension system muscles are over worked, fatigued during long runs or extended runs, the muscles fatigue faster and are more apt to lose control of the loading forces causing injury to the tissues.

This could manifest itself as foot pain from long walks or running.  This body fatigue might feel like pain in the bottom of the foot, pain in the calf muscle, tendinitis of the foot, sprained foot, tenderness in the foot tendons, a bruised heel, bone spurs in the foot or calcaneus spurs and general foot pain and swelling.

By training in zig zag patterns during long walks and runs you can can increase the fatigue scale therefore reducing the time when you experience muscle weakness and fatigue of the spring suspension system muscles.
This could help to reduce the fatigue strain that makes your muscles tired leading to some kind of myalgic state that lead to injuries.

7.  Increased Mental Stress Reduces Efficiency By Locking The Spring

One of the effects of fatigue related to mental stress that leads to poor performance in activities of daily life and even injuries is what I call stress fatigue, brain fatigue, anxiety fatigue and the worst one, fatigue depression.

The bottom line is that people walk and run differently when they are tired, anxious, depressed or angry.  You can see they are not themselves in their walk.

This is when we are stressed or angry during our running program, leading to a tension of the lower extremities that puts a pre-load tension on the spring suspension system mechanism that causes our spring suspension system to reach a fatigue limit causing muscle aches and fatigue and what I call arthritis fatigue.

When you have stress and fatigue combined this can make you wonder, why am I so tired?

The body is moving in an inefficient way as your mental state overrides the spring mechanisms ability to maintain efficient impact spring action thus switching to more of a muscle lever action, which is ineffectual causing you to become fatigued to0 quickly.

8. Remove The Binding Device. SHOES!

When we bind the foot with shoes all day it inhibits maximum foot movements such as abduction, adduction, inversion, eversion, supination and pronation.  (see illustration above) That is why we cannot wait to get our shoes off at night.

Conclusion!! 

The bottom line is that the more deformable or elastic your body becomes the more it can dissipate shocks and in addition to that the more it can store elastic energy to improve efficiency of your performance.  Dr James Stoxen DC

So, as you can see, the spring is the thing when it comes to improving walking and running efficiency.

 If there was an owners manual that taught you that:

  • your body was a lever and a spring.
  • using the body as a spring vs a lever would allow you to improve performance, be more efficient and reduce risk of injuries
  • how to use your body as a spring vs a lever
  • how to fine tune your human spring so it doesn’t get broken or reduce performance over time
  • how to maintain your human spring so you can have it for a lifetime

This would be an important chapter in that human spring owners manual.

This video tutorial was taken from the lecture:

Title: Run For Life! Barefoot
Presented by Dr. James Stoxen DC
The Second World Anti-Aging Medical Conference
February 4th-6th 2011
Mexico City, Mexico

Thank you for your interest in my article!

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Dr. James Stoxen DC Interviews 13 Time World Champion MMA Fighter, Shonie Carter, Part 2 of 2

  Dr. James Stoxen DC Interviews 13 Time World Champion MMA Fighter, Shonie Carter, Part 2 of 2 At Team Doctors Training Center, Chicago IL July 20th, 2011. Shonie discusses his next fight and his total body weight suspension training routine. He also discusses his work as a chef, a master mechanic, and an architect […]

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Dr. James Stoxen DC Interviews 13 Time World Champion MMA Fighter, Shonie Carter, Part 2 of 2
At Team Doctors Training Center, Chicago IL
July 20th, 2011.

Shonie discusses his next fight and his total body weight suspension training routine.

He also discusses his work as a chef, a master mechanic, and an architect in the health industry.

He gives advice to men and women that are assured to make you more socially, culturally and aesthetically pleasing in a relationship.

Shonie announces his newest venture as a radio show host of MMA WEIGH IN on Chicagoland Sports Radio. He is also a published journalist for PRO MMA NOW published by USA Today.

Transcribed Interview:

Dr. James Stoxen DC Interviews Shonie Carter Part 2

Dr. Stoxen: Now your next fight could be the Titan Fighter Championship?

Shonie: yea, the Titan Fighter Championships… I don’t know how this will go because Im 40 and they want me to make 170. And…

Dr Stoxen: What is your weight now?

Shonie: Not 170

Dr Stoxen: I see

Shonie: Im like healthy. Look at that… (points to bicep) that’s the bad arm

Dr Stoxen: Yea, I see you are in shape

Shonie: Yea, Im doing total bodyweight suspension. All I use are dumbbells for bicep curls.

Dr Stoxen: Now didn’t we go over that suspended abb routine with you about 5 or 6 years ago?

Shonie: I am going nuts now. Doc, Im taking it to another level. Im doing TRX, Ripped 6, Rushfit

Dr Stoxen: Yes but wasn’t that total body suspension training something I introduced to you several years ago?

Shonie: Doc, Im going nuts now. Ive got two ton tow chains. Im talking about what you would find on a boat on navy pier a drift. Ive got these chains that I hang off an overhead apparatus of the ceiling of the health club and Im doin gymnastics.

Dr Stoxen: Do you have videos of that?

Shonie: Not yet. But Im doing it and I want to get someone with a cam recorder to film me.

Dr Stoxen: We could record you doing that

Shonie: yes because Ive got 40 exercises with plyometric boxes

Dr Stoxen: Would you share some of your exercises for our visitors on video?

Shonie: Sure

Dr Stoxen: That would be great.

Dr Stoxen: Now one very exciting thing I see is that you will be doing your own radio show. Tell us about that

Shonie: Yes, they are really… taking a risk.

Dr Stoxen: hahhahaha

Shonie: The world please stand by and put your seat belts on because Red Fox and Bernie Mac has now been introduced to MMA

Dr Stoxen: ah ha

Mr International Shonie Carter MMA Weigh-In Radio Show

Shonie:I’m me. The show is called MMA Weigh In with me and Lisa Aparati and me and this is recorded live at the Illinois Center forBroadcasting where Jerry Payton, he’s one of the dudes over there. Yea this is where they teach people to be radio DJs

Dr Stoxen: Isn’t that downtown right?

Shonie: Downtown

Dr Stoxen: Right by Grant Park

Shonie: exactly

Dr Stoxen: That’s a nice building

Shonie: Nice Nice

Dr Stoxen: So you are going to do a show there

Shonie: Im doing a radio show without any formal education

Dr Stoxen: Is it a weekly show?

Shonie: It’s going to be Sundays I’m on the web site www.chicagolandsportsradio.com

Dr Stoxen: You can google it and find it

Shonie: You can google me

Dr Stoxen: You can google Shonie Carter

Shonie: Nevermind those pictures of me in those gold speedos, Roberto Cavalli’s

Dr Stoxen: Do we need to take those photos like that of you down from our wall of fame? The pictures of you in the gold speedos?

Shonie: No keep those up to keep the women coming in

Dr Stoxen: People ask, who is that man? Now the other thing you are doing is very exciting is the USA Today column. You are a writer…. A writer

Shonie: Im a published journalist

Dr Stoxen: You will be a published journalist

Shonie: Yes

Dr Stoxen: But you have no formal journalist training

Shonie: No, I can talk to you about Kurt Vonnegut and stuff but I cant spell his name

Dr Stoxen: I don’t know if I could spell his name

Shonie: Most of my deals and shenanigans come from facebook and the guy sent me a facebook message and asked me if I would be interested in writing for Pro MMA now which is partners with USA Today

Dr Stoxen: Very good

Shonie: I said yes because I have done advice columns before and those were fight magazines.

Dr Stoxen: ah

Shonie: On the record, people that do MMA training and some fighters are just socially, culturally, relationship-wise, inept.

Dr Stoxen: Inept

Shonie: Yes

Dr Stoxen: And you are not

Shonie: I am not… Especially when it comes to the fairs of the hearts of women. I have a special place in my heart for women, especially latin women.

Dr Stoxen: Yes, and you can help them. You can provide special advice on how they can protect themselves from the goons and the creeps of the world.

Shonie: Yes I can help the women protect themselves and I can help guys… become more asthetically pleasing and relationship-wise acceptable.

Dr Stoxen: And gentlemanly

Shonie: And guys get up out your seat, don’t ask a woman her age, how much she weighs, don’t buy lingerie

Dr Stoxen: Don’t keep asking her what she does

Shonie: Don’t, she will tell you if she wants you to know.

Dr Stoxen: That’s right

Shonie: Im a trainer. I have to break all those rules but its for professional purposes.

Dr Stoxen: I see and also for research

Shonie: That’s what I do. Im a research development director. I am a mechanic. I am a chef. I am an architect.

Dr Stoxen: Ah, all those wrapped into one

Shonie: All within the health industry because I have to have the recipe like a chef. I have to be able to help fix or repair their bodies daily like a mechanic. Subsequently as an architect I have to be able to build from the recipe by having a technical proficiency of a mechanic to help people to be able to guide those to help them in reaching their health and fitness goals.

Dr Stoxen: An architect involves building something that is aesthetically pleasing and stands the test of time

Shonie: Right, and in an efficient manner Dr Stoxen: And that aesthetically pleasing body keeps out all that riff raff

Shonie: riff raff

Dr Stoxen: Listen it was great hearing about all of your adventures.

Shonie: Thank you

Dr Stoxen: Certainly everyone will want to know and would like to be as adventurous as you. They can take lessons now from your radio show and USA Today column

Shonie: Im hoping

Dr Stoxen: And you can teach them how to be more like you

Shonie: Im going to have you on the show

Dr Stoxen: That would be very nice

Shonie: Because you have helped me for years. Even now I come to you because Im waking up with numb feet falling to the left.

Dr Stoxen: We are going to try to fix that. It was great having you and we are going to put this up on our blog

Shonie: thank you

Dr Stoxen: and I know everyone will want to know. If you want to know more about what Shonie is doing you can hit him up on facebook. You are always accepting new friends

Shonie: Always. Listen ladies I will kick guys off to put you on

Dr Stoxen: There you go

Shonie: Fellows, don’t send any friend requests if your profile picture is when you are glistening, you know with your shirt off and you just did some situps and push ups with Vaseline and baby oil all over you with shades on like these. Look this is the un-famous Shonie. Don’t do that!

Dr Stoxen: No, no glistening bodies

Shonie: And you look like you are wearing Apple Bottom jeans for men or Baby Phats with the snaps undone almost don’t do that.

Dr Stoxen: That’s not aesthetically pleasing

Shonie: I will block you. I will block you.

Dr Stoxen: Its not an architecturally sound development according to Shonie Carter. Its your first lesson from Shonie.

Shonie: The first step is the most important step

Dr Stoxen: None of those aesthetically unpleasing photos

Shonie: Don’t be looking like the last Chip and Dale dancers. They are all in Vegas. God bless those boys but I just don’t need that in my life

Dr Stoxen: So we have learned there are rules to being a friend of Shonie Carter on Facebook…. Please abide by the rules. With that Shonie we are going to wait to hear about your next fight. We are going to post the news of your next fight on our blog. Stay tuned

Dr. Stoxen: Thank you again Shonie

For more information on Shonie Carter click here

Video Tutorial #82 Dr James Stoxen DC Demonstrates Self-Help Deep Tissue Treatment Under The Big Toe And Second Toe

Most of the weight is felt over the Big toe and the second toe. The force or mass of the Human Spring impacts these two areas the greatest. Today we will focus on the Big toe and the second toe. See Below the Deep Tissue Point:   click here to go to the next self […]

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Most of the weight is felt over the Big toe and the second toe. The force or mass of the Human Spring impacts these two areas the greatest.

Today we will focus on the Big toe and the second toe.

See Below the Deep Tissue Point:

Deep Tissue Release Point Between The Big Toe and The Second Toe, Underneath

 

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Contraindications:
There are times when you should refrain from massage or deep tissue massage because it may adversely affect a health condition.
Contraindication is the medical term for these conditions. “Contra” means against, as in contrary, and indications are things that tell you what to do one way or the other. Therefore, contraindications are things that are telling you not to do something.

  • Fever: When you have a fever, your body is trying to isolate and expel an invader of some kind. Massage increases overall circulation and could therefore work against your body’s natural defenses.
  • Inflammation: Massage can further irritate an area of inflammation, so you should not administer it. Inflamed conditions include anything that ends in itis, such as phlebitis (inflammation of a vein), dermatitis (inflammation of the skin), arthritis(inflammation of the joints), and so on. In the case of localized problems, you can still massage around them, however, avoiding the inflammation itself.
  • High blood pressure: High blood pressure means excessive pressure against blood vessel walls. Massage affects the blood vessels, and so people with high blood pressure or a heart condition should receive light, sedating massages, if at all.
  • Infectious diseases: Massage is not a good idea for someone coming down with the flu or diphtheria, for example, and to make matters worse, you expose yourself to the virus as well.
  • Hernia: Hernias are protrusions of part of an organ (such as the intestines) through a muscular wall. It’s not a good idea to try to push these organs back inside. Surgery works better.
  • Osteoporosis: Elderly people with a severe stoop to the shoulders often have this condition, in which bones become porous, brittle, and fragile. Massage may be too intense for this condition.
  • Varicose veins: Massage directly over varicose veins can worsen the problem. However, if you apply a very light massage next to the problem, always in a direction toward the heart, it can be very beneficial.
  • Broken bones: Stay away from an area of mending bones. A little light massage to the surrounding areas, though, can improve circulation and be quite helpful.
  • Skin problems: You should avoid anything that looks like it shouldn’t be there, such as rashes, wounds, bruises, burns, boils, and blisters, for example. Usually these problems are local, so you can still massage in other areas.
  • Cancer: Cancer can spread through the lymphatic system, and because massage increases lymphatic circulation, it may potentially spread the disease as well. Simple, caring touch is fine, but massage strokes that stimulate circulation are not.Always check with a doctor first.
  • Other conditions and diseases: Diabetes, asthma, and other serious conditions each has its own precautions, seek a doctor’s opinion before administering massage.
  • Pregnancy: No deep tissue work. Be aware: danger of triggering a miscarriage by strong myofascial work is greatest during the first 3 months (especially through work around the pelvis, abdomen, adductors, medial legs, or feet)

Video Tutorial #79 Dr James Stoxen DC Demonstrates Self-Help, Deep Tissue Treatment Of The Gluteus Medius Muscle of the Hip

One of the most common injuries or cause of injuries in runners that I see is Gluteus Medius weakness, resulting in the gluteus medius muscle becoming strained, tightened and/or leading to a specific Gluteus Medius injury or compensatory injuries down the kinetic chain such as knee joint pain,  foot pain and ankle pain. Releasing and […]

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One of the most common injuries or cause of injuries in runners that I see is Gluteus Medius weakness, resulting in the gluteus medius muscle becoming strained, tightened and/or leading to a specific Gluteus Medius injury or compensatory injuries down the kinetic chain such as knee joint pain,  foot pain and ankle pain. Releasing and Strengthening this important stabilizer will help decrease running or walking overuse injuries. Releasing and Strengthening the Human Spring is one of the more important active components to helping improve biomechanically efficient running technique.

The gluteus medius maintains the pelvis level during walking or running.  The left gluteus medius lifts or stabilizes your pelvis so your right leg can swing through when you walk or run.

So if you stubbing your toe or scraping your shoe on the left side a lot when walking or running you MAY have a weak gluteus medius on the opposite side.

I know when a patient has weakness or spams of the gluteus medius muscle or muscles when it is difficult for them to rise from a seated position without pushing off the arm rests of the chair or without assistance.  If you have lower back pain and it is difficult for you to get up out of a chair then you may have spasms or weakness in your gluteus medius muscles.

The test we do to determine if you have weakness more thoroughly is a modified trendellenburg test

Trendelenberg Test

The true trendelenberg test is to determine if you have weak or paralyzed abductor muscles of the hip namely the gluteus medius and minimus.

You perform this test by standing up facing a mirror with a line in the middle or the crease of two mirrors as a reference point.  Stand so your body is directly in the middle of this line.

Now without moving the planted foot, lift the opposite hip to 90 degrees maintaining your thigh at 180 degrees from the ground and a 90 degree angle in your knee.  Your foot should not twist but be loose and you must keep your leg straight.  Don’t cheat.

If your body sways off the midline or leans to the side of the panted foot then you can assume you have a weak gluteus medius.   If you cannot perform the test at all you should see a doctor right away.  You may have a paralysis.

So, when standing on one leg, if the pelvis drops on the side which is opposite of the planted leg you have a weakness you need to address. This is because the muscles are not able to position the center of gravity on the planted leg.

Normally the gluteus medius can keep your body in the midline pretty well so you can perform walking, running and sports activities without a significant drop in the pelvis.

If the pelvis drops too much this could twist your spine.

See below for the deep tissue release points

Deep Tissue Point For The Gluteus Medius Muscle of the Hip

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Contraindications:
There are times when you should refrain from massage or deep tissue massage because it may adversely affect a health condition.
Contraindication is the medical term for these conditions. “Contra” means against, as in contrary, and indications are things that tell you what to do one way or the other. Therefore, contraindications are things that are telling you not to do something.

  • Fever: When you have a fever, your body is trying to isolate and expel an invader of some kind. Massage increases overall circulation and could therefore work against your body’s natural defenses.
  • Inflammation: Massage can further irritate an area of inflammation, so you should not administer it. Inflamed conditions include anything that ends in itis, such as phlebitis (inflammation of a vein), dermatitis (inflammation of the skin), arthritis(inflammation of the joints), and so on. In the case of localized problems, you can still massage around them, however, avoiding the inflammation itself.
  • High blood pressure: High blood pressure means excessive pressure against blood vessel walls. Massage affects the blood vessels, and so people with high blood pressure or a heart condition should receive light, sedating massages, if at all.
  • Infectious diseases: Massage is not a good idea for someone coming down with the flu or diphtheria, for example, and to make matters worse, you expose yourself to the virus as well.
  • Hernia: Hernias are protrusions of part of an organ (such as the intestines) through a muscular wall. It’s not a good idea to try to push these organs back inside. Surgery works better.
  • Osteoporosis: Elderly people with a severe stoop to the shoulders often have this condition, in which bones become porous, brittle, and fragile. Massage may be too intense for this condition.
  • Varicose veins: Massage directly over varicose veins can worsen the problem. However, if you apply a very light massage next to the problem, always in a direction toward the heart, it can be very beneficial.
  • Broken bones: Stay away from an area of mending bones. A little light massage to the surrounding areas, though, can improve circulation and be quite helpful.
  • Skin problems: You should avoid anything that looks like it shouldn’t be there, such as rashes, wounds, bruises, burns, boils, and blisters, for example. Usually these problems are local, so you can still massage in other areas.
  • Cancer: Cancer can spread through the lymphatic system, and because massage increases lymphatic circulation, it may potentially spread the disease as well. Simple, caring touch is fine, but massage strokes that stimulate circulation are not.Always check with a doctor first.
  • Other conditions and diseases: Diabetes, asthma, and other serious conditions each has its own precautions, seek a doctor’s opinion before administering massage.
  • Pregnancy: No deep tissue work. Be aware: danger of triggering a miscarriage by strong myofascial work is greatest during the first 3 months (especially through work around the pelvis, abdomen, adductors, medial legs, or feet)

BEIJING NEWS: Interview: Dr James Stoxen DC – Incorrect Walking Form May Cause Back Weakness And Pain (English Version)

Incorrect Walking Form May Cause Back Weakness And Pain Interview with American sports medical professor, Dr. James Stoxen DC Dr James Stoxen, D.C., has directed Team Doctors Chiropractic Treatment and Training Center.Dr Stoxen has developed very unique approaches to caring for patients who suffer from acute and chronic back problems and other serious musculoskeletal conditions […]

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Incorrect Walking Form May Cause Back Weakness And Pain

Interview with American sports medical professor, Dr. James Stoxen DC

Dr James Stoxen, D.C., has directed Team Doctors Chiropractic Treatment and Training Center.Dr Stoxen has developed very unique approaches to caring for patients who suffer from acute and chronic back problems and other serious musculoskeletal conditions – conditions that others feel surgery is the only cure. Stoxen’s treatments have received worldwide interest in both the chiropractic and medical fields.

“Take off your shoes and socks, and roll up your trouser legs, and then walk. I can tell what problems you have on your walk posture.”

“Problems from the foundation will lead to pain in the upper body.” Incorrect walking posture will cause silent inflammation.”Dr. James Stoxen DC Beijing News Interview

Feet actually are the weakest part of you body, although people usually take it as the strongest part for bearing the whole bodyweight.. Many people feel back weakness and pain, but doctors can’t find any pathological reasons. When this happens, the reason might be your walk pattern is not correct. If you can’t walk with correct posture, you will feel foot muscle weakness. Then you will find a walking pattern to release the weakened foot, which will lead to misalignment of the upper part of the body and your legs will pull you down, that actually will make your feet weaker.

If this continues for a long time, it will cause “silent inflammation”. Dr Stoxen separates this kind of inflammation to 10 levels. (Below 7, normally your brain can’t feel pain) This inflammation can be transferred upwards from the feet to your legs then to your back so that you feel back pain, even some arthritis and age-related diseases. Many doctors do not know this, they think back pain is resulting from back problems.  For curing this, they just rely on back medication or even back surgery.

Training Should Start From The Feet

“There are 4 reasons for foot muscle weakness,” Dr. Stoxen says.  “The first is injury, the second is binding from shoes, the third is overload from being overweight and the last is lack of training or balanced walking.” In most daily life, we are walking in a straight motions but lack of walking in natural undulating terrain or other directions. Keep on walking in straight will lead to the accumulation of pressures in the arch, also the silent inflammations.

Actually, the silent inflammation will lead to some pain signals, but people cannot feel it because it is below level 7 and sometimes, people get used to this kind of weakness in the feet, especially for the beautiful ladies who are wearing high-heals all the time. When you feel foot pain, you will avoid using weak muscles and walking even more incorrect. Unfortunately, this will lead to worse situations such as back pain and other conditions.

Some people say they go to the gym every day, but when we check the gym equipments, we cannot find any one that function to train the feet. Actually, the healthiest training, should start from feet. Sometimes, You Need To Do Some Side Step Walking Or Play Like A Child, “Dr Stoxen”

Reporter: Dr.Stoxen, What do you think is the best walking posture?

Dr.Stoxen: According to my research, people will need to walk about 10000 steps every day. Walking in a incorrect way will influence more than 10 conditions, then leads to the arthritis.

The most relaxed walk is walking without shoes and socks, landing the feet first on your side, then balance of weight between both inside and outside foot muscles. This walking method will load the whole bodyweight step by step and training balanced muscles in the feet. What is more important is that this walking method will let the foott arch use recoil in the best way, and recoiling will save your stamina and decrease the accumulation of inflammation. Of course, we cannot be barefoot all the time and have this ‘bad way’ to walk, so what we need to do is if you have time, do some side walking (horizontally walking) and exercise love like a child.

Reporter: The walking posture is a habit which influenced from childhood, so what is your opinion of training walking posture from childhood?

Dr.Stoxen: I think what parents need to do are two things: 1. Let an experienced sports medicine practitioner check your child’s walking pattern periodically. If they are not walking with good form, then correct it. 2. Do not let children wear loose or tight shoes which will cause inflammation.

Reporter: Can you explain your therapy, the Stoxen Approach?

Dr. Stoxen: After a whole day walking and working, people are likely to massage their feet, because they will be more loose and flexible. Actually, massage on foot is releasing the silent inflammation, which causes soreness, so you will feel flexible and loose.

Stoxen Approach :
#1, Watching your walking pattern and locating the exact pattern of walking incorrectly.Dr. James Stoxen Human Spring Approach Beijing

#2, Release the silent inflammation.

#3,Relax the arch of the foot and rebuild arch flexibility and elastic recoil muscles. Get back to what Mother Nature intended for you.

Reporter: The famous Chinese runner Xiang Lau quit the Beijing Olympic Games just before he started because of the foot pain. What is your opinion about this issue? Do you think he should have surgery?

Dr.Stoxen: I am sorry to hear this and see this. I have watched the video of his quitting and watched his walking pattern on Youtube. It is obvious his foot pain was the result of the accumulation of silent inflammation, which is an usual problem for athletes. The shoes for short distance runner actually will increase the pressure on the muscles of the feet. So if you do not have a correct warm-up method, it will worsen the situation.

For runners, the faster they run, the more pressure they are enduring on feet, which could mean more inflammation with even subtle poor mechanics. So we first need to release arch spring, the inflammation and rebuild arch elastic recoil muscles for Lau. About surgery, if there is no other severe injury in his foot muscles or other tissues, there is no need to do the surgery. Of course, I need to watch him face to face then I can make a better diagnosis, if possible.

Reporter: What kind of shoes will be helpful for your health?

Dr.Stoxen: The best shoes are the will be strong along the heel, to protect and hold the ankles, but loose in front part because it will leave some space for walking from supination to pronation. It should not be too tight as it will not allow the elastic recoil of the foot.

 

TV Special Medical Report: “When Exercise Accelerates Aging!” Dr. James Stoxen, DC on WGN, Channel 9

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Special Medical Report: “When Exercise Accelerates Aging!” 
Dr. James Stoxen, DC
WGN, Channel 9
October 19, 2007
featuring Cindy Pender and Belma Michael Johnson, the Chicago host of “Designed to Sell.

Who says exercise can accelerate aging if its not done right?

It’s contrary to everything we have been told. One doctor says, “It Happens.”

“We used to always talk about exercising the beautiful muscles. The chest, the arms, the back, the thighs, the tri’s. Then they have completely neglected the foundation of the body. The foot and ankle.”

Everyone knows exercise is good, right? Only if you do it right.

“If we have a problem with the foundation of the body then every step we take will cause an accelerated wear and tear on the body. That wear and tear leads to inflammation and that inflammation can cause pain.”

It also ages the body. Reducing the inflammation can reduce the risks down.

Walking, exercising and wearing shoes all strain the feet and subsequently the body.

Restoring a healthy movement pattern which includes allowing the feet to stretch can change that.

“These are the supportive muscles that actually hold the arch up. We are going to re develop these muscles and that way the foot will become elevated and have more spring to it. Wiggle the arch and kind of break loose the spring.”

Get Back The Spring In Your Feet

Cindy Pender, a patient of Dr Stoxen, first gained weight and started walking to shed pounds. But her feet hurt.  She had chronic sciatic nerve pain and chronic pain and fatigue through out her body. “He told me that feet had colapsed and my arches were stiff and frozen. He would tell me the right things to eat to lose weight and how to properly exercise.”

Now, after she lost the chronic pain, lost the sciatica, and lost over 160 pounds with Dr. Stoxen’s diet and training program, she exercises pain free 3 days a week in the Team Doctors private gym. She also runs barefoot in the park with her dog Kayla, hikes, bikes, swims, and even climbed a 20 foot high tree. These are accomplishments she has made for the first time in 50 years.

Working the bodies foundation is the core of working out correctly.

“Designed to Sell” (HGTV) host Belma Johnson figured that out when his body started shutting down. He did not realize that the chronic pain in his shoulder for 30 years was constantly releasing inflammatory chemicals. The problem is, inflammation releases peptides called cytokines that damage cells. The American Heart Association, the Center of Disease and Control, and most experts now warn that over time chronic inflammation contributes to a higher risk for heart attacks, strokes, Alzheimer’s, some cancers, and even the aging process itself.

“I came to see Dr Stoxen because I could not lift my arm past here.”

Now Johnson has his finger on the proper technique. Its made all the difference for the workout and the result.

“You know that old saying, it’s better to look good than feel good? The way Dr Stoxen has taught me is it’s better to look good and feel good…..

 

Tests show the athlete’s arch has lost its natural elastic spring. The result is exercise produces unbalanced forces that travel up the body. At first, the leg muscles compensate, but eventually they become exhausted and those forces damage the knee, hip, back, all the way up to the head. The inflammation is body-wide.

The dilemma is that people sometimes don’t even know they have fallen arches or a frozen arch spring mechanism causing this multi-joint inflammation, and that makes matters worse. Inflammation is most commonly associated with pain, but most of these multiple joint inflammatory conditions don’t cause pain. The inflammation is there, but it’s silent inflammation.

“How Exercise can Speed up the Aging Process” is the lecture subject Dr. Stoxen has been asked to present to over 20,000 physician attendees at the China FDA, China-Pharm conference in Shanghai, October 29 – 31st. Immediately following, Dr. Stoxen has been asked to lecture again on his treatment approach for reversing fallen arches to more than 2,000 physicians, scientists, and hospital principals at the China Health Industry Forum in Dong Guan near Hong Kong, November 1 – 4, 2007.

The Chicago doctor has lectured on this topic to over 20,000 medical doctors and scientists worldwide. He has published over 20 articles on biomechanics and treated hundreds of champion athletes and top celebrities.

Dr James Stoxen DC Lectures at the ICA’s Symposium on Natural Fitness Event: “Arnold Classic” Columbus, Ohio, March 5-6, 2005

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Diagnosis, Treatment and Prevention in Sports Medicine. By Dr James Stoxen DC ICA’s Symposium on Natural Fitness Event: “Arnold Classic” Columbus, Ohio, March 5-6, 2005 Speaking to over 400 participants, Dr James Stoxen DC of Team Doctors Chiropractic Treatment and Training Center delivered a presentation entitled Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Diagnosis, Treatment and Prevention in Sports […]

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Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Diagnosis, Treatment and Prevention in Sports Medicine.
By Dr James Stoxen DC
ICA’s Symposium on Natural Fitness Event: “Arnold Classic”
Columbus, Ohio, March 5-6, 2005

Speaking to over 400 participants, Dr James Stoxen DC of Team Doctors Chiropractic Treatment and Training Center delivered a presentation entitled Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Diagnosis, Treatment and Prevention in Sports Medicine. The 12th Annual Symposium on Natural Fitness hosted hundreds of doctors of chiropractic from around the world, including doctors from 42 US States, five Canadian provinces, as well as doctors from France, Norway, Portugal, The Netherlands and Australia.

Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger was the featured speaker at ICA’s Symposium on Natural Fitness held March 5-6, 2004 in Columbus, Ohio. Dr Stoxen‘s connection to Arnold Schwarzenegger comes indirectly as Dr Stoxen was a member of the “Muscle and Fitness“ Editorial Advisory Board from 1991 – 2003. The “Muscle and Fitness” editorial advisory board contains some of the most highly respect experts in the world.

The Annual ICA Symposium on Natural Fitness once again brought together a unique assembly of over 400 enthusiastic doctors of chiropractic, students, and friends from around the world in a conference held March 4 – 5, 2005 in Columbus, Ohio. Sponsored by the Council on Fitness and Sports Health Science of International Chiropractors Association, the Symposium on Natural Fitness celebrated its thirteenth consecutive year of programs held in conjunction with the Arnold Schwarzenegger Bodybuilding Classic and Fitness Expo.

Dr. James Stoxen DC (right) with Arnold Schwarzenegger (left).

This leading educational event brings together top authorities in sports chiropractic with celebrities from the fitness world for a weekend filled with education, inspiration and communication. The Arnold Fitness Weekend, including one of the world’s prestigious annual bodybuilding events, the Arnold Schwarzenegger Bodybuilding Classic involves over 14,000 athletes participating in strength, fitness and martial arts competitions in over 20 different competitive events, including 8 Olympic sports.

The highlight of the 2005 chiropractic conference was a personal appearance by California Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger. In his special presentation before the packed Symposium, Governor Schwarzenegger, global superstar and longtime enthusiastic chiropractic patient, spoke at length of the importance of chiropractic care for both himself and his family. Introducing his friend, co-star in the movie “Pumping Iron,” and training partner since 1965, chiropractor, Dr Franco Columbo, Arnold expressed his appreciation for chiropractic, telling the packed audience:

“It is an incredible profession, the most honorable profession, just wonderful to help that many people, that many patients. Chiropractic is about natural preventive health care. There is nothing that fits better together than chiropractic and weight training and sports and fitness, because it all has to do with this: how do we make bodies healthier, how do we become more energetic, more powerful more flexible and how to create longevity. What you are doing and I have experienced this for at least 20 years myself on my own body, means that whenever I have a problem – or even if I don’t have a problem – and I go to a chiropractor, my problems are gone for a long time.

The 2005 symposium also featured a powerful array of top fitness leaders in chiropractic, presenting current research and training strategies in the context of chiropractic and performance enhancement. Dr Tom Deters, former Muscle and Fitness editor and Symposium keynote educator, addressed nutritional strategies for performance enhancement. Dr Christopher Colloca featured his research-driven updates on neuromechanical advances in chiropractic with additional persoective from his educational background in exercise physiology and his collegiate accomplishments in football. Dr Alan Palmer brought his extensive experience in chiropractic care on the field in competition.

Four-time Mr Universe, Bill Pearl teamed up with Dr Pete Gratale, ESPN exercise instructor and founder of the PowerCentering program, for a dynamic and interactive presentation on optimal strength training strategies that included highlights from the history of the developement of resistance and exceptional advice on approaches to maximize results.

The Symposium weekend programs included Dr Douglas Miller, who serves as the team chiropractor for the NFL Baltimore Ravens, interviewing Mr Duane Clemons, the Cincinnati Bengals defensive end with an eight-year history including 366 career tackles, 41 sacks, and 10 fumble recoveries. Dr James Stoxen DC, a published author and editorial advisor for leading fitness publications who works extensively with competitive athletes, presented on Thoracic Outlet Syndrome case management issues in sports performance. Dr Tom Krueger, an experienced practitioner and athlete serving on both the advisory board and faculty of the International Federation Professionals Association (IFPA), presented on the latest findings in sucessful fitness strategies from the perspective of coaching patients.

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Historic First Sports Medicine Course In Russia – Sports Chiropractic Journal – August 1989

  My main objective for traveling to Russia was to learn the secrets to the pro athlete treatment and Olympic training used by the Soviet athletes to fine-tune the human body. Why was the USSR producing such great Russian pro athletes? I had read over 100 sports journals written by Russian doctors and Russian athletic trainers […]

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My main objective for traveling to Russia was to learn the secrets to the pro athlete treatment and Olympic training used by the Soviet athletes to fine-tune the human body. Why was the USSR producing such great Russian pro athletes? I had read over 100 sports journals written by Russian doctors and Russian athletic trainers at that time and because I was the organizer and director of the first sports medicine course, I was able to select the experts who lectured. I decided to focus our studies on the sports biomechanics movement in hopes of uncovering some of the secrets to elite athletic performance.

One of the lecturers I chose was Yuri Verkhoshansky. Yuri Verkoshansky was a Russian scientist who pioneered plyometric training as a means of sports training to improve athletic performance, mainly speed-strength. Widely known as the “Father of Plyometrics”, he has been the leading researcher and coach most recognized with the spread of plyometrics training.

I call this modern day Human Spring Training.

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, I organized the first sports medicine course.

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 experts attended my course.

Historic First Sports Medicine Course in Russia

Sports Chiropractic Journal – August 1989

Dr James Stoxen DC, Dr Sergie Popov and Dr Stephen J Press DC PhD

A group of 22 chiropractors attended the week long course 670 Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine in the Soviet Union. The program was arranged by Dr James Stoxen DC of Chicago and Dr Edmund Enos of the Association for International Exchange Programs, AICEP.

Dr. Ed Enos

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.

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, Yuri Verkhoshansky and Dr Stephen J Press DC PhD

Dr Stoxen had previously been the Sports Chiropractor for the American Powerlifting Federation tour in the Soviet Union.

A Federation of International Sports Chiropractors delegation led by Steven Press, President, which included Dr Noel Patterson of Australia, FICS Vice President and Dr Ostien Ogre of Norway, FICS Executive Council. The program was held at the famous National Institute of Physical Culture in Moscow. Some major accomplishments were achieved.

The group held round table discussions with the leaders in the Soviet Union in “Manual Medicine.” The Russians were greatly impressed by what they saw and heard. The Soviet authorities in manipulation announced at the banquet that they wanted negotiations to commence toward the possibility of a Chiropractic College in either the Institute for Physical Culture in Moscow or Moscow University.

Watch above as Dr. James Stoxen DC discusses the state of chiropractic in the Soviet Union (USSR) in 1989, Moscow, Russia

Dr Zatsiorsky, the Chairman of the International Olympic Committee Sub-committee on Biomechanics, accepted Dr Press’s appointment to the Scientific Commission of the FICS. Dr Zatsiorsky is clearly acknowledged as the foremost expert on spinal biomechanics in the world.

The Soviets believe they have developed a device that they believe can “measure innate biological energy.” It was demonstrated at the clinical round table discussions. The device was used to compare Soviet manipulation with chiropractic manipulation and our technique was found to give superior results. Dr Press sent information concerning this to the FICS Scientific Committee for review and evaluation.

Watch above as Dr. Stephen Press of Englewood, NJ, then President of the World governing body for Sports Chiropractic, gives the first official Chiropractic adjustment ever in the USSR, to Vice-rector, Prof. Dr. Sergie Popov, MD, of the Institute of Physical Culture, in Moscow.

Dr Press and Dr Stoxen were asked to consult on a skating injury to Ekaterina Gordeeva.  Ekaterina is the 1988 Olympic Gold Medallist, 1986 1987, 1988, and 1989 World Champion, and the pride of the Soviet people.

There are few skaters in history that possess such ethereal beauty and grace as Ekaterina “Katia” Gordeeva. Like a quiet ballerina, she floats on the ice seemingly in a world of her own creation, and we are the lucky participants, fortunate enough to be touched by her soulful athleticism.  It is with her former partner and late husband, the great Sergei Grinkov, that Katia first seduced the world with her elegance.  In their thirteen years together, they came to define pair skating, lifting the sport to new heights, artistically and athletically.  With a style all their own, Gordeeva and Grinkov made a name for themselves as the most recognizable pair team ever from the former Soviet Union. , starsonice.com

Dr Press, a former competitive skater, was able to improve her condition. This apparently marks the first time the Soviet Sports Committee has formally requested the services of a chiropractor. Well done.

Dr James Stoxen DC presented a jacket from the American Drug Free Powerlifting Association to the chairman of Soviet Anti-doping, Vitaly Semenov.

These are major accomplishments for a pioneering first effort. The participants received one point towards elevation to FICS Full Member Status. The excellent classroom coursework was accredited through San Francisco State University. The participants were also able to enjoy the famous Moscow Ballet and Moscow Circus in the evenings.  Plans are underway to make an annual exchange at the invitation of the Soviets. We would like to acknowledge and thank all the participants for their pioneering efforts and great success.

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