MVPT brings a skilled balance of knowledge and experience to the rehabilitation and training of athletes of all ages and performance levels.
What if the person you met during your next health care visit taught you that you didn’t need their services? Wouldn’t it be nice if you booked an appointment with a health care provider and you knew exactly what he or she were going to do? How much it would cost? Wouldn’t it be nice to know there were no huge bills coming down the pipe after the care? What if you knew up front that the goal of the health practitioner was to get you discharged as soon as possible? Are you worried about the health care provider telling you that what you are doing is bad for you? Barbells are bad for you right? Running is hard on your knees, correct? Squats are the enemy, right? NO. After 15 years of experience, reading volumes of research, attending continuing education classes with the brightest and most accomplished practitioners of a wide variety of disciplines, a primary theme surrounding health care is: Quality care is hard to come by. You will not find quality care in the corner health care facility. The average health care provider is inundated with managed care hoops to jump through. If you are an athlete, the “sports doctor or PT” who spends a quarter of their time with Medicare patients is not skilled in sports care. If they spend ¼ of their time on total knees and hips, they don’t have the experience to help you. You need someone who spends 100% of their time with active people.
At MVPT we spend our time with all kinds of active people of all walks of life. Kids in team sports to “elderly” who run or hike(by the way, I would put these “elderly” up against any of our kids - so impressive). Here is a list of athletes (but not limited to) that we at MVPT have had the pleasure of assisting:
• Obstacle Course Racers (OCRs)
• Track runners
• Power lifters
• Rock Climbers
• Team sports-Lacrosse, football, soccer, basketball, baseball, etc
“I am a rock climber. Three and a half years ago, my hand went numb. I have been to countless doctors and physical therapists since then without relief. Ron is the first PT/medical professional to really examine me from head to toe, as opposed to jumping to conclusions based on limited information or judgements on my athletic pursuits (like “You’re a climber? Tendonitis.” or ”Your hand is numb? Carpal tunnel.”). He made connections between what I thought were unrelated aches and pains, and all of the pieces are finally coming together. Ron gives each client a personalized training program, which he constantly tweaks based on your physical response and changing body. Even with multiple patients training simultaneously, Ron always manages to give personal supervision to each of us. Ron is also honest about your progress, and he is not one of those PTs who prescribes ongoing sessions; instead, he evaluates the benefit of continuing therapy on a daily or weekly basis. Because of the training provided by Ron, my strength and endurance are returning, people are noticing my muscles again (woohoo!), and yesterday I had my best rock climbing day in over 2 years!” –JEN
What does MVPT do that other related health care professionals don’t do? We listen and inspire, first of all. We spend time with you. We use 15 years of clinical experience to treat the origin of the problem, not mask the problem. We use active treatments for active problems. Passive treatments feel good, but they do not get the source of the symptoms as fast as progressive loading does. Your sport or activity is very rarely bad for you. The problem is you don’t have the range of motion (ROM), strength, or mechanics to do the job you are trying to do. Rest will not give you the skills to return to activity quickly. If you are here for a running problem then you need your run evaluated. Walking mechanics are not running mechanics; rolling or sit-to-stand mechanics are not running mechanics. You have to run to understand the biomechanical errors you are making during running. After hundreds of hours of continuing education in running and gait training alone, we have the book knowledge/science background in all things running. We back up that knowledge with over 8 years of treating runners daily through rehab, strength training, and coaching. We recognize the difference between “feeling good” and resolving the problem. There are many interventions that feel good. There are a select few that can that get you back to performing at a high level quickly. Most athletes agree, performing your best without pain or injury is what really feels good.
As an Athletic Trainer, it is difficult for me to admit something is an injury, let alone seek out another professional for my own rehabilitation. After a grueling attempt at World’s Toughest Mudder in November of 2015 – and I use the word “attempt” loosely, as I was an official finisher – I was left with nagging tibialis posterior (i.e. the inside of my ankle) pain that just was not resolving. I had heard about Ron through a friend, and figured it couldn’t hurt, especially as I refused to allow my MD to immobilize the ankle in a boot. Admittedly, I was a bit nervous, as I have a particular approach to dealing with injuries, and was afraid he might be another run-of-the-mill, protocol-rooted PT; fortunately, I was wrong, and his knowledge of the anatomy as it related to running (and vice-versa) was impressive to say the least. Within six weeks, not only was I pain-free, but I placed sixth at BattleFrog’s inaugural BFX24, another 24-hour Obstacle Course Race (OCR), with 55 official miles. Not only had Ron gotten me back to 100%, but he completely changed my running mechanics for the better, and, dare I say it, made me stop hating to run!
In September, with less than a month before OCR World Championships, he helped to quickly resolve a groin injury that threatened to end my season early. Whenever a friend or fellow athlete has asked for a recommendation, or mentioned a nagging injury, I never hesitate to recommend Ron – he has a phenomenal understanding of the capabilities of the human body, and will have you leaving better than you were pre-injury. -STEPHANIE, professional OCR
What is progressive loading? Progressive loading is a progressive approach to loading the tissue in trouble and creating an environment in which the structure can learn to handle the stress of the activity. Or simply put: training/treating your body gradually and increasingly. No visit is the same. We use 15 years of clinical experience to identify the tissue in trouble, examine the biomechanics of the activity in question compare it to the movement of the body in trouble, and build an individualized plan to restore the activity as soon as possible. There is no evidence a cookie cutter movement screen or plan will identify an injury or aid in performance. The needs of the individual patient cannot be generalized. Let’s simplify things. Our medical system has so many specialists that the entire body system is rarely taken into consideration. Medical education has no contact with barbells whatsoever. A barbell is not your enemy. All athletes require strength. All humans require strength. There is no situation whatsoever where too much strength is a problem. Crossfitters are not performing a dangerous sport. They are mishandling loads. They are moving the bar too fast, too soon, or with too much weight. We team up with their coaches to ensure the athlete progresses well enough to get back to full activity as soon as possible. Chances are the athlete does not possess enough ROM, strength, or biomechanics. If you have a problem with your over head squat, for example, will a traditional PT have a barbell around so you can show them how you are doing it? If they tell you that is a bad motion for you, they are misinformed.
“When I walked into Max Velocity I had been struggling with pain for over a month that disrupted simple daily activities. Tying my shoes became a near impossible task. On my first visit, Ron was not only able to diagnose the cause of the pain, but he also took the time to explain why it was not an assortment of other issues. His demonstrated knowledge gave me confidence that I would soon be feeling healthy again. I continued to do the exercises he recommended and within days the pain began to subside. It’s just a few weeks later, and I am now pain free and back into my full training (and also hitting some new prs). Thank you Ron!”
- Lauren, Crossfit Regional Qualifier
Wait, you coach too? Yes. Coaching is not our primary objective. We coach out of necessity. We decided that if we are going to be training experts then coaching credentials are necessary to ensure the knowledge base of what it takes to complete certain tasks is obtained. Has your current PT asked you what the distances are for an Olympic triathlon? Do they know what is required of you from a training point of view if you are trying to qualify for Boston in the marathon? If you are 12 weeks from a marathon wouldn’t that load be different than if you are 2 weeks away? Wouldn’t you want your PT to know the difference? A Physical Therapist who has finished a full ironman, 5 half irons, 4 full marathons, 20ish half marathons, and a lifetime of sport participation knows what it’s like to be an athlete. 2 years of Division 1 coaching in cross country and track, while developing friendships with NCAA champions, national championships, and Olympic caliber coaching experience makes us an ideal resource to help you return to full activity. Wouldn’t you want your health professional to program your treatment to help you attain that goal rather than unnecessarily shut you down? HYPERSPEED LV is in place to help the young athletes of the valley cross train intelligently. Remove the one-sport over-specialization that is plaguing our youth. The primary swimmers of the group have decreased times by the minute by removing 2 days a week of swimming and adding progressive loading. If we gripe to parents about how their kids train then we should offer a solution. WE DO NOT INTEND TO POACH athletes. We intend to make the patient the center of the situation and use a team approach to the athletes success. Our goal is to teach you to not need physical therapy. We would rather see you and 2 of your friends for 3-4 visits than 1 person for 12 visits. WE understand athletes, we want to take care of our own. Traditional medicine is set up for treating the sick and NOT to treat the near healthy. Help us create a paradigm shift in health care. Please feel free to interact, ask questions, and get informed. If you are interested in making an appointment please call the clinic 702-998-2900 or go to maxvelocityPT.com to “request an appointment,” and I will call you back.
Generations ago kids played outside. They ran, jumped, climbed trees, and rode bikes. They played baseball in the spring and football in the fall. And they played many other sports in between. Neighborhood kids would gather after school, find a ball and some open area, and they would play a game. The kids these days have incredible technology and dangers that were not around 20 years ago. A pick up game nowadays is an old thought. They simply cannot play without supervision. So what is a parent to do so their kids will exercise? Many turn to organized sports - some to an extreme. Kids are more competitive at younger ages than 5 years ago, 10 years ago, 20 years ago. Club coaches mistakenly educate parents the kid must play year round to be competitive when the scholarships are handed out or big competitions come up. That is simply not true. Athletes, especially young ones need a diversity of physical activities. 81% of D1 college athletes were multisport athletes in high school. The trend in collage recruiting is to PASS on one-sport athletes. They are a risk to the investment the school makes in that athlete due to injury. Single sport athletes typically get injured when they are sophomores or juniors in college. Because kids don’t know any better (and don’t read blog posts), it falls on the parents to seek out the information that will maximize their kid’s chances of success.
They say that life is 90% how you react to the 10% of the things that happen to you. I can say that over my lifetime, that is very true. Today’s blog post is using that metaphor in a business sense. While MVPT is still the community leader in running medicine and the Las Vegas valley’s only running specialty clinic, something interesting happened when MVPT opened its doors in 2014. Kids came. A lot of kids came. The more kids who came, the more their parents talked to other parents. The valley is full of kids who are training for sports. Since the weather of Las Vegas is tolerable for the majority of the year, kids train year round. That could be a problem. Kids over-train the one sport they play. Over specialization is a huge nationwide problem and Las Vegas is no different.
Injury “prevention” is almost an impossible goal. Accidents and injuries happen. “Minimization,” is a better goal. While the spirit of prevention is alive and well, educating an athlete to do this or that to eliminate any chance of injury is simply incorrect. I have been guilty of doing this. Every day, I read research and study, and now I realize that is false hope. Your young athlete will be injured. That is a fact. Can we make it a sprain instead of a fracture? YES. Can we get tenonosis instead of an ACL tear? YES. How? Strength. There is no situation ever where an athlete is ‘TOO STRONG” and therefore a detriment to his or her performance. However, there are limits. If the kid just picks up a barbell and loads it up he may be doing more harm than good. The key is in the details. Originally, the idea for MVPT was formed when a lot of the so called “sports trainers” were hurting kids left and right. Not just asking them to lift, but asking them to lift too much too soon, or choosing inappropriate exercises.
You see, the demands of the sport shouldn’t be replicated in training, it adds to the over use. Understanding the movement patterns of the skills of that sport is the skill of training athletes. Anatomy, physiology, and proper periodization are the key. The skills have to have a progression. The load of weight lifting is a major component health AND performance. Weakness hurts. Since the motor development of kids is hampered by NOT going outside, they are left to figure it out on the field. Then that demand is specific to the sport. The athletes flounder.
Then comes the cross training. The cross training should be movement specific, loaded when it is appropriate, and must compliment the sport. The feather in the cap at MVPT is a physical Therapist who is trained in barbells and human movement. A life-long multi-sport athlete himself, the program can be tailored to athlete specifically. The movement for an individual will depend on many factors. The experience to deal with these factors comes from 15 years of clinical experience. There are no short cuts - no models that can predict with certainty whether or not an injury will or will not occur. There is simply no evidence with any predictive power that short cuts help. They cannot prevent an injury nor do they help with performance. The athlete’s nervous system has to learn and adapt to a new method. Hard work, dedication, adaptation to loads, and movement correction are the keys to sports performance. So the question is at what age can a young athlete begin a strength program? The answer is, as soon as he or she has the movement maturation to tolerate such a load. Some kids are ready at 8 while others need more time. Age is not as important as movement when it comes to making this decision.
We at MVPT pride ourselves in “evidence based” care. Which means the interventions that actually help are the interventions we delegate. We offer a “functional” evaluation to screen a healthy athlete and make recommendations on minimizing trouble. We would love an opportunity to use our vast knowledge and experience to help your child perform better. Discounts apply to teams. Please go to the website at maxvelocity.com for more information or you may call the clinic at 702-998-2900 to make an appointment. Please feel free to share, comment, or like! Help us spread our message!
MVPT is continuing to grow and change. Since the beginning the mission has been to surround ourselves with passionate people and accept the navigation that is a result. This weekend was no different. 3 separate events happening states away from each other at the same time. Some of the people involved started as patients and became coaching clients; some are strength clients, and some just coaching clients. At MVPT the services we offer are orthopedic principles that are health and medical related usually involved in the rehabilitation of athletes and then there are some coaching and performance related services as well. We believe that healthy training combined with healthy bodies makes for the best in performance. Here is how the weekend went:
USA Triathlon Junior Elite Series, Western Region Triathlon, JAGs Championships
HYPERSPEED LAS VEGAS was started out of necessity. The Las Vegas valley has talented youth triathletes but lacked the training stimulus to help them reach their goals. At the same time our valley has a mentality that specializing in one sport is how you get to be a professional or get a scholarship. That simply is not the case. Our young athletes are exposed to repeat stresses and are more often injured. Not to mention, the NCAA will be sanctioning triathlon within the next 5 years. Why not create an environment where these triathletes can push each other to cross training excellence?
4 athletes made their way to Monroe, Washington for this elite race. A swimmer and 3 cross country stars vying for elite status in triathlon. It was a learning experience. Each athlete had some difficulties and each athlete had some bright spots. The torrential downpour was an issue. We will learn and we will grow from this experience. One of the 4 got a roll down spot and has achieved entry into the elite race at nationals. At the time of press, it is possible one more could achieve the roll down. All in all, the strength training, the run, bike, and swim training, and the attention to details pay off. We are so incredibly proud of these 4 warrior athletes. They work very hard and compete. I am proud to be their coach.
2 athletes made their way to California for this championship swim meet. They both had amazing outcomes. 1 athlete qualified for the 200 free and dropped 2 sec off her PR. The other qualified for 4 events: 200 back stroke and dropped 12 seconds, dropped 31 seconds on her 800 free, dropped 2 seconds on her 200 back, and then dropped 2 seconds from the 200 free. They both had huge performances in a big meet. So proud of these sisters with huge hearts and will to compete!
Ragnar Wasatch the flagship race for the Ragnar cooperation of races. These relay races offer unique challenges and had the interesting idea of racing with all MVPT coached runners. When MVPT was conceived I didn’t know that I would have enough athletes to even consider an all MVPT team possible. I started looking at who was available to ask and I thought they would get along, we can work the training and racing into their programs, and may be they can learn from each other. What a learning experience it was for me and for them. Here are some tidbits about each runner:
Runner #1: An ultra runner with huge heart and a knack for leading wanted to most miles. She is training for huge races and is even scheduled for a non-orthopedic surgery and wanted a last hurrah pre surgery. She is a work horse and an inspiration. She has overcome severe foot pain and returned to running and triathlon. She is going to run 100 miles. She needs no pep talks because she is already ready to rumble.
Runner #2: An experienced Ragnar and marathoner with a fast motor. She can flat out run, as she outran her projections. She refuses to go easy and if I say run 6 she goes 8. She is a devoted mother and an outstanding professor. She overcame a few years of severe back pain to return to pain free running. She brings some speed and fire to the group and is a joy to have around!
Runner 3: A quiet, humble runner gaining more and more confidence. She has taken to trail running after overcoming foot and knee pain. She is getting more and more experience meanwhile getting stronger and faster.
Runner 4: She has overcome foot pain, lower back pain, and is in the middle of changing her lifestyle through personal growth. She outworks 90% of people and trying to find her confidence and gets closer everyday. A foot issue did not prevent her from completing her legs and pulling her weight. Any day now she is going to turn a major corner and start really putting down some fast running times.
Runner 5: She has come so far and her belief in herself is growing daily. She has taken her running up a notch and is training for a marathon. A feat a year ago she never thought she could do. She took on big miles this weekend and did it with some personal issues back home. She is an inspiration and her work ethic is second to none. She has overcome some serious injuries through strength training, biomechanics, and proper training. I cant wait to see how many barriers you will knock down.
Runner #6: Most likely one of the most accomplished teenagers around in the endurance world. Her resume includes a few ragnars, a few half marathons, a triathlete, very smart, very devoted member at her church, and all around a great girl. She brought some flair and she is going to be a senior in highschool. She is a HYPE captain and every day that goes by she shows more and more why she belongs as a leader.
Runner #7: This runner may prove to be one of the best accomplishments MVPT has seen. She is going to complete an Ironman 9 months removed from ACL reconstruction. Rehab plus coaching=Ironman. She made it through the rehab portion of her training with no set backs. AMAZING! She ran Ragnar as a celebration of her ability to run! She is a mother to all and friend to many. Cannot wait to see how she reaches past the fitness she had when she tore her ACL!
Runner #8: This guy was an absolute warrior. He did a leg that was basically hiking a ski slope. He attained a “king of the Mountain” medal for his efforts. He passed 22 people. He killed his legs. A veteran of the Mojave death race, he was able to lean on that experience. He also was a calming force, a voice of reason, and logistically a huge help. I hope to be closer to his guy and I hope for more adventures with this guy!
Runner #9: She has overcome a lot to get to the place she can run a half marathon and we borrowed that fitness to place her in the Ragnar team. She has overcome several years of severe back pain in order to run. 3 months ago she could not run 4 miles without severe pain! She slept outside on the grass with the bugs and smiled about it. She was so much fun and was able to break even more barriers down. What is she capable of doing next?
Runner #10: She hasn’t run for almost 2 years. Got bored, got lost with running. She took on some strength and HIIT and has now got the running bug again. She said the sleep deprivation and the running wouldn’t happen. Not only did she handle those things, she handled them with a smile on her face. She killed her legs and did not complain once! Way to go girl!
Runner 12: Some athletes learn and some athletes are students. This athlete is all about learning. She is learning her body and her performance is changing every day. She has overcome knee pain and complete frustration with running. She has learned how to run without any pain! She is a veteran of OCR and is now learning the skills of triathlon and is an inspiration to many! I cannot wait to see what she will accomplish as well!
All in all, the performances of the people of MVPT were brave and exciting. I am so proud to be your PT, your coach, your mentor, your friend. I am humbled you choose me to help. Helping you is my life's work and to watch this many people succeed is a joy. What will WE accomplish next? Enjoy the pictures!
HYPER SPEED is coming to Las Vegas! MVPT is proud to announce a new youth triathlon team. If you have a young triathlete (boy or girl) between the ages of 7 and 15, they can join Hyper Speed and compete in local and national events! Young athletes of all ability levels from novice to elite status are welcome. Our goals are simple. First and foremost, have FUN. Fun, to us, is training hard, training smart, and falling in love with competing and racing to maximize our potential. For some, that will be competing at the Elite level. For others, we will work toward achieving elite status. We are accepting anyone who wants to have fun competing in swimming, biking, and running.
We will race all of our local races as a team. The Las Vegas Triathlon Club is a valuable asset to our community, and all of our athletes will race in their club races. We will have a presence at Rage, Sand hollow, Las Vegas Triathlon, etc as well as travel to Washington for qualifier races for the youth National Championships. We will conduct ourselves as a team. We will travel together. We will race in matching kits, matching hats, matching shirts, and bags. Hyper Speed will have a sense of community and pride. HYPERSPEED LAS VEGAS is a USAT sanctioned club.
Where do we start? As with all the athletes and patients at MVPT, it all begins with an evaluation. We don’t want anyone getting injured. Each athlete will receive a musculoskeletal evaluation before we train. We will identify any strength or range of motion abnormalities before they start becoming an issue. We will then begin a strengthening program to create a body framework that is ready swim, bike, and run at a high level. Then, we will swim (both open water and pool), bike (both road and trainer), and run (road and track). Each athlete will have custom workouts in a group setting. Everyone will have a race plan built on the individual training they receive at practice.
Our long-term vision at MVPT is to prevent and promote health through movement. We have been very humbled and fortunate that more kids are training at MVPT than we expected. The opportunity to start kids with healthy habits and prevent future biomechanical injuries is a very cool idea. On the other side of the spectrum there are youth within our community who possess world class potential. We want to give those kids a chance to flourish.
We are planning a HYPER SPEED info night Friday, January 29, 2016 at MVPT. With some input from people on social media, phone (702-998-2900) or email email@example.com. If you are remotely interested please do not hesitate to contact Ron.
I have always thought of myself as a coach. When I was a teenager my Dad and I coached my brothers baseball team. When I went to work at UNLV as an assistant track coach, I started with running orthopedic knowledge, injury prevention or rehab knowledge and book knowledge of athletic development. As a PT, I was only allowed to participate in bits and pieces for athletes but never the whole process from start to finish. It wasnt until I surrounded myself with Olympic level coaches and athletes, and even sat in the warm up tent at US Olympic trials that I realized I have a knack for this running stuff. One day, while evaluating the options available to UNLV runners, it dawned on me. Age groupers should have access to this level of sophistication for training. Age groupers train more than these girls, so why don’t they have these services? I was already METS1 certified so I had the nutrition coaching part down. I was already experienced on the injury and performance side of the strength situation. I had some age group run training experience so why not put it together? I already have 10 athletes that have asked me to coach them without me actively recruiting coaching clients. They convinced ME that I should start actively pursuing coaching. Where to begin?
I kept seeing this advertisement from a company called Triathlon Research. The word Research is what grabbed me. Could there be a company out there that is doing evidence based training and coaching? If so, I HAVE to know what they know. I applied and was accepted. I spent a week in Denver, CO with 20 other elite coaches from around the country. I am now a Triathlon Research certified triathlon coach. I spent all week with some of the nations leading nutritionists (Bob Seebohar), top run/bike/swim coaches and athletes. It was a wonderfully intense experience. As a Triathlon Research certified coach, I will be asked to coach clinics all over the US. I will have the opportunity to coach with the top professionals in triathlon today. Who will be my clients?
First, coaching will not change the primary focus of MVPT. I’m looking for orthopedically challenging coaching clients. I love serving the injured or plateaued athlete. I love that running or triathlon is a part of our SOUL. If an athlete cannot do it, there is emptiness. I want to fill that void. If I can get that person healthy, why not take them to the next step? It is the most challenging orthopedic puzzle possible, and I want that challenge. Injuries are just opportunities for huge comebacks.
Many athletes have 3 different coaches on their team – seldom on the same page, when they could have 1 coach who is managing all aspects. I can do the program writing, the biomechanics changes for healthy training and high performance, and I can assist with the nutrition training. How different is the training? Why guess on what exercises to do for strength training? How many miles should you run before a ½ Iron? How should you manage daily nutrition and race day nutrition? Shouldn’t someone be monitoring those things at the same time? Don’t they all relate to one another? Lets us streamline it for you. All 10 athletes I coach are healthy. All of them have overcome some major adversity, and all 10 are currently training hard and ready for a big race.
What makes me different from other coaches? I can identify, evaluate and solve problems before they become bigger problems. My expertise is in developing skills. Want better swim, bike, and run skills? The skills are based on biomechanics, and who better understands biomechanics than a performance oriented PT? Every workout, every bit of information is rich in evidence. No stones are left unturned, and there is no guessing. Obviously, some art has to be applied but all decisions are made with long term health in mind. Only a PT can offer that.
Two athletes: a national champion and runner up in the same race - both with PRs on the big stage. I am so proud of the work they put in. Two athletes racing in Olympic national championship and setting their overall 10K PR in the back of an Olympic distance race. I will take that! I just want people to be happy, proud, healthy, and alive. I want you to get the most out of your training time. I want you to reach your highest potential. I want to make sure that injuries don’t hold you back or crush your dreams. That is why I am putting my name in the coaching arena. The fee schedule is based on the time and the needs of each individual athlete and will be agreed upon between the athlete and Ron.
To make an appointment feel free to visit maxvelocityPT.com or call 702-998-2900. This service will be an extension of our daily mantra which is to serve each individual with the focus on one on one care, cutting edge movement oriented training or physical therapy.
In our effort to improve our athletic ability, we often find ourselves pursuing difficult workouts, tough exercises, and some strange gadgets in the hopes of improving strength and performance. Battle ropes, TRX or suspension training, bosu ball, hypoxic mask, recovery boots, cold chambers, and most other “gadgets” are simply not worth your time. “I feel so tired, I sweat so much, and I am SO sore. That MUST mean I’m getting stronger and better.” The truth is, that is not the case. After all, if you ask a fish (who wants to race in swimming) to learn to climb trees he or she would be awfully tired and sore, but it would not help him swim. Instead, he or she would benefit from fin muscle strengthening, applying that strengthening to swimming mechanics, and then train swimming in a way that allows for integration of the fin strength, new mechanical skills, and cardiovascular system to swim faster. The same is true for you, unless you are working the right muscles in a planned and coordinated way, you may be working hard at the wrong things and see no improvement in your performance.
The key to performance training is progression.
If you show up on your first day of a training program, and you are doing the same workout someone in the class has done for weeks or months, proceed with caution. Lower weight, proper form, and less time followed by progressive increases in both weight and time is more appropriate for the beginner or newcomer. Plan the training for the individual. Each athlete brings a different training and injury past and has different goals. Placing them in the same group can create problems if the individual does not fit the profile of the class structure. Strength has to be progressed, technique has to be progressed, and the athlete must be eased into the program.
Cross training with strength training can be the athletes feather in cap. It can be the difference between injured or not injured, first or second place. If you train with faulty mechanics you will perform with faulty mechanics. If you load faulty mechanics with resistance then your body will only know 1 way to move; faulty. If you have poor shoulder stability and that is limiting swimming or throwing and you do some battle ropes or closed chain exercises (TRX), you will facilitate poor mechanics. Effectively you will be stronger at faulty mechanics or there will be no carry over from workout to performance in any way. Your time is valuable and training is not cheap. For the overwhelming majority of the time, training for an open chain activity (throwing) should not include closed chain activities (TRX or the like.) The foams, bosu balls, and other wobbly surfaces have no impact whatsoever on balance. The way your muscles fire during these balance activities is NOT the same as the way you function. Your brain uses 2 different mechanisms to get those jobs done. The hypoxic mask sure does make training harder but altitude effects are nil. You must sleep at elevation to get the changes they are looking for. A silly mask is not going to cut it. There is no evidence these recovery boots or sold chambers are any better than sleep or active recovery. There is absolutely no replacement of hard work, proper nutrition, and good rest. Training has to be broken down into what joints do that motion, which muscles move those joints and how do we learn to control them at higher speeds.
Your time and money are valuable. There is no replacement for hard work.
At MVPT, we have spent countless hours with 1000s of injured people. We have read 1000s of studies comparing different treatments or exercise interventions. Wouldn’t you like to work with someone who has 90% of his clients are runners in some form? We can tell you the effect your recovery, training, and equipment have on your body. We arm athletes with knowledge of why they feel what they feel, what they have to do to change how they feel, and what they have to do to keep themselves from feeling that again. Whether that is injury or performance, it’s the same. We understand what traps athletes can fall into, and we have experience treating those problems. What if we applied the treatments to the body BEFORE they got injured? That’s where the performance comes in. THE INJURY PREVENTION STUFF IS THE PERFORMANCE STUFF. Chronically injured? Plateaued? Most likely your problem is orthopedic. Not YOU. It’s outside of your range to fix. A performance oriented physical therapist with the tools to teach you how to reach your maximum potential or in this case your maximum velocity is invaluable. Let us streamline you. Go to www.maxvelocityPT.com or call 702-998-2900 to make an appointment today.
Let’s get that out of the way. Friend. You know your sport, and I know biomechanics. You want your athletes to be their best, and I can help you get them there. I believe that collaboration is the key to all of us learning, growing, and performing at a high level. I cannot coach better than you, but I guarantee that you don’t know the body like I do. It is that triangle that creates healthy high performance athletes. Every person brings a past medical history, training history, strength, athletic ability, and mental situation that WE can learn from. My passion is taking someone who thinks they can’t do something and showing them how to do it. Can I coach Lacrosse? Basketball? Football? No. But I can sure evaluate the jumping, cutting, running, throwing, and any sport related activity to make sure the athlete knows what stretching, strengthening, and biomechanics he or she should use to elevate his or her performance to the highest level possible.
STAGNANT OR INJURED ATHLETES
Training plateaus and injuries are virtually the same. At MVPT we can help a 2:05 half-marathoner who is stuck on that time and not injured. There is a training flaw, a weakness or stiffness, or a biomechanical reason full potential is not realized. What about whether or not an athlete should race or not? Fast tracking is a method of getting the athlete ready to race in a short period of time, taking in consideration of the long term health of the problem. Yes, you can race with a strain 2 weeks before a big race. An emphasis on education makes the athlete aware of what problems he or she has, and he or she is given a program to address the limitations. A coach could say “something isn’t right, let me get you to my guy and see what we need to do.” What I do is evaluate the body, evaluate the movement, and identify problems. When the athlete is ready to resume training, I hand him back to the coach. Afterward, the coach and I collaborate to reestablish consistent training and then I phase out. If there is an ongoing strength problem we do monthly training plans to allow the body to work on sound movement and if we need to film the movement, we do. Movement is the key.
Wouldn’t you prefer to see a PT who has knowledge of anatomy, physiology, running gait expertise, and can tweak physical body, sports/endurance training, and biomechanical factors so you can return to training, competing, and racing quickly? At MVPT we are reading the latest research literature to be sure that the recommendations we make are reliable and predictable. Everybody is different right? Not quite. Everyone has the same anatomy and physiology, and their body will adapt to the force placed on them. Would you want a dentist who thinks not all mouth care is the same? What about a heart surgeon who doesn’t pay attention to normal heart electricity? Everybody’s ACL of the knee is the same angle, right? YES. If that angle is not precise then the knee will not work accurately. There are many variables in the human body but having a balance of science and art is how people get needs met. As a professional, it is my job to know what is helpful and what is not. That is where knowledge comes in. Where do you apply it, how soon, AND how hard? That is where experience comes in. Wouldn’t you like to know the brace you are using actually puts you at risk for more injury? Wouldn’t you prefer a Physical Therapist who has 90% of patients either runners or athletes who use running skills?
WHO AM I?
I am an athlete. My philosophy at Maximum Velocity Physical Therapy (MVPT) is based on my lifetime in sports, experiences with both good and bad training, education in the principles of physical therapy, and searching for more information to make ME a better athlete. During my two years as an assistant coach at UNLV in the cross country and track programs, I noticed these athletes had the ideal situation. All they had to do was show up to class and practice and compete. They have coaches, strength and conditioning staff, athletic trainers, counselors, and nutritionists. That is what age groupers are looking for, why can’t regular people have that? There is a need there, and as a PT I can do the athletic training, strength training, and to a certain level counseling.
I established MVPT to give patients who fall through the cracks of traditional medicine a home because people did not take the time to listen, educate, and serve. That includes patients, athletes, or both. MVPT serves the community by ensuring healthy quality patient care and athletic performance is administered. My goal is to surround myself with passionate, knowledgeable, and fun coaches and athletes all day, every day.
WHAT AM I SELLING?
I am selling education and performance. I offer physical therapy to get healthy, I offer performance evaluation and training, and I offer monthly strength classes to reinforce healthy moving with resistance. Injury rates are low in strong athletes and performance is high in the same group. Who doesn’t need or want that? We can be creative to meet your lifestyle and time needs. I am humbled by the continued support of coaches, and your referrals mean the world to me. I am having a blast! Feel free to check out my website: maxvelocityPT.com. Please call 702-998-2900 to make an appointment or ask questions.
Running is a skill. To master any skill, it helps to understand good technique and the science behind that technique. But which technique and which scientific theory, and how can I measure the skill so I can get better? The answer is never simple, and choosing the wrong approach or wrong mix can lead to injury and disappointment.
The definition of running reveals why running is hard to measure. The technical definition of running is locomotion (movement). That's it. You have locomotion when both feet are simultaneously off the ground. What? It doesn’t say anything about how fast, how hard, what part your foot you land with, or anything of the things we generally think are essential to good running.
After studying 85% of the population of runners at MVPT and after spending over a hundred hours gaining running specific continuing education from national and world renowned running experts, I've learned one thing is very clear: The more we learn, the more we discover how much more there is yet to know. That does not mean there are unsolved mysteries about human locomotion. It means there are a lot of variables that can scatter the details for each individual. There are some baseline running principles that apply to most and are very important to manage, but ultimately most of the uncertainty is tied to the HUMAN variables. Humans are imperfectly perfect. No two people are exactly alike. What works for one person may be the worst thing you could do for another person. That is why there are hundreds of opinions on every facet of running from equipment to form to training. And that is why injuries in running are so common. Unfortunately, there is no "one approach fits all" when it comes to making YOU the best runner you can be.
Have you ever heard of the yips? The yips is a term golfers use to describe a movement error during the golf swing they cannot feel or describe. The swing feels right, but the ball lands in a place they cannot control and they get frustrated. They need an extra pair of eyes to see the swing flaw or movement error, usually a golf pro who teaches movement. The pro identifies the movement error and immediately has the golfer do some new drills to remove it. Usually, after a few rounds of practice balls, the error is ironed out and the game gets better. But then something new happens: A NEW swing flaw creeps in! This is normal in any complex movement oriented task, and it's part of the reason golf is so challenging and also rewarding. Was it the golf pro's fault that he could not anticipate the next swing flaw? Of course not, but you hope the pro you've turned to can identify the flaw quickly and teach you how to get rid of it. The more times the pro handles that tricky swing flaw, the better prepared the pro and the golfer will be. Wouldn't you like to meet the running version of that pro?
When rehabilitating runners, triathletes, or running sport athletes, there are many factors that can influence what the athlete feels, cause running flaws, and contribute to injury. There are both external factors and internal factors. An external factor may include nutrition, footwear, training program, running surface, contact/non-contact, whether you are jumping or cutting, and so on. Internal factors are range of motion of the joints, muscle strength, flexibility, coordination, pain, biomechanics (how the person is using those factors), and most importantly the mind. The more variables at play, both internal and external, the more possibilities for error. After all, we do call it “practicing medicine or practicing physical therapy” because there is some trial and error involved.
Most of us want a quick fix, but if the running errors started long ago, it may take time to erase old habits and develop new ones. There is no magic wand. A commitment to changing behavior or movement patterns for the long term is the way to become an injury free and highly performing runner. But again, with so many variables and so much information floating around the Internet and running circles, it's hard to know where to turn. To add to the mix, coaches, doctors, chiropractors, physical therapists, personal trainers, and athletic trainers are all educated a bit differently and bring different (often conflicting) perspectives. Not to mention, your practical experience may influence what you are educated in. The take home message is….who the heck knows what is going on?
Who should I listen to? Where is my Running Pro?
For the last 8 years, I have increased my patient load to ½ runners without the need to market my specialty whatsoever. Word of mouth from improved athletes is sending runners and related athletes to MVPT for help. My passion is helping down and out runners restart the fire for running. Since opening the doors of Maximum Velocity Physical Therapy 7 months ago, 86% of the evaluations I have performed have been on runners, triathletes, or other running related sports. Of the 124 evaluations to date only 4 have come from a doctor’s referral.
As a supplement to my formal PT education, I have taken over one hundred hours of continuing education on the science and physical therapy (the medicine of running). I was an assistant coach at UNLV for 2 years and helped several athletes reach NCAA regional competitions, including qualifying and nearly running at the United States Olympic trials in 2012. My time at UNLV was focused on the cross country and distance track and field teams. I was able to pick the brains of world class coaches who were multiple Olympic games competitors themselves. These coaches are the leaders in run training, and I continue to collaborate with them. Along the way, I have coached athletes on the side from distances of 800m to marathon and several triathletes.
I'm excited about a new cutting edge resource I now have access to that will help runners accelerate their improvement. The physical therapy department at UNLV has installed a world class biomechanics (or gait) lab to study running. The gait evaluation documents and measures the unique running components of each runner and can help reduce running injuries and improve performance. The track team at UNLV will use it for training and injury prevention. I am collaborating with UNLV, and I'm bringing the science gained to my clinic.*
MVPT is the only running specialty clinic in Las Vegas and the rest of Nevada. We are committed to helping runners of all ages and skill levels reduce injuries, build strength, improve form, and reach their goals. If you have any pain that is keeping you from running or preventing you from running better, or if you simply want an evaluation to make sure you're not on the path to injury, schedule an appointment today.
For more information, please head over to my website at maxvelocityPT.com or call 702-998-2900.
*Please note, due to the popularity of the in-depth gait analysis, advance scheduling is required.
I talk all day about the goal of helping runners reach a level of success or consistency that would allow the entire community to be happy healthy runners over the lifespan. I mean let’s face it, have you ever met a grumpy runner? When they report to PT they are grumpy but when they get back out there, the joy is palpable. Who doesn’t like joy? I always take the time to say:
There are NO STUDIES TO SHOW RUNNING IS BAD FOR US.
In fact, more and more evidence arises every day from the research world on why it is important for our skeletons to be working hard. With that here we go with the 10 reasons (and who knows may be there is a hundred and if you want to add please do!).
#10 Cool clothes. You know you love the tech shirts, the colors, the different cuts, and the different types of shoes out there. Runners tend to be more adventurous (see fun races like the Star Wars half marathon but can someone say expensive? lol) and that tends to show on race or training day. I love how “safe” a runner looks in obnoxious neon colors. Come all y’all, lets be safe out there!
#9 More Health and Injury Prevention. In communities around the country where there are more runners per capita then Vegas there are lots and lots of prevention programs. There is more and more popping up here but the average runner is not prepared. Running is a skill that asks the skeleton to handle to most force possible, THAT’S A GOOD THING. Eating to train, would allow for better immune responses and overall better health. They go hand in hand, much more to come on that topic.
#8 Less Medicine. In America our philosophy is “eh someone will fix me later.” As medicine gets more and more technologically advanced we are also losing how awesome nature is. A scientist in some lab trying to change our body chemistry is risky. One drug leads to needing this drug to stop the side effects of the first drug. As we get more and more dependent on chemicals we lose our body chemistry. Take control of your health. What you eat and how you move are much more effective than any drug around. Not to mention the legal and political ramifications of big business pharmaceuticals (don’t get me started, lol.) Choose nature not chemistry.
#7 Decreased Health Care Cost. We are in an all-time high for health care cost in America and all time low is quality care. Why? There are millions of theories but when it boils down to the patient level, the patient requires so much more help. Patients are not informed. They do not invest in themselves and do what ever anyone in a lab coat says. That goes for any profession. (I am not anti-doctor, I am anti-poorly educating patients.) More preventative lifestyle, means the demand is less and therefore less medical bills. Take control of your health.
#6 Better Joint Health. Running or the pounding of running actually causes our connective tissue to harden. YOU WANT HARD THAT. That includes joint surfaces. There are no studies directly correlating running to poor joint health. In fact the factors that influence heart disease (obesity, smoking, diabetes, etc) are more correlated with total knee replacement than running. Not using your joint surface results in softening your connective tissue or joint surface. “Oh I cant do that, I have bad knees” doesn’t fly. Your knee pain has more to do with movement patterns at your back, pelvis, hip, or foot than it does just predisposed to bad knees. Did you ever consider that just because there is arthritis in your knee that may be that is not even the thing that hurts? The joint problem is a sign something else is going on. Get your movement checked, retrain it, and get back out there.
#5 More trails. Las Vegas is new so things are just getting started but how exciting is it that there are more and more trails every year? WE NEED MORE! More users, more options. Trails through the city, trails away from the city, trails that are hard, trails that are easy, trails that are pretty, and trails that are connecting to other trails. How fun would it be to commute via running? Good mornings, good nights, all around. Biking and running trails together.
#4 Better Restaurants. If all the runners in Vegas took a stand and we all did not eat at these cookie cutter, over processed chain restaurants and supported local talented chefs we could see a huge change in the community. (Local music too but may be too much for this discussion, lol.) Your daily nutrition is the base for your health. You are what you eat. Choose nature and not chemists, get more local people involved in food and give them the confidence they can make it work. The big business owners eat up the people that want you to eat right. Support them. You vote with your money, choose more farm to table places and lets get back to the fundamentals of health. Eat real food, stop the chemistry experiments on my body!
#3 Less Obesity. We are the fattest country in the world and we got there when the food pyramid was really pushed. Over processed food is literally killing us. We are a proud nation that is losing who we are. We used to out work the rest of the world and now we are getting lazier by the day. It starts with daily nutrition, then there is movement. Not everyone can run the Boston Marathon but daily movement is key to our body’s health. Running at faster tempos, changing tempos, is better than the long slow drag for losing weight. Compete with yourself, do something you never thought you would do. Find a running coach, learn to train. We are all runners some have just lost their way.
#2 Sunrises and Sunsets. Have you been to Lake Mead at sunrise? Have you been to red rock at dusk? What about McCullough trail at those times? Valley of fire? Gees, we can go on and on. Sunrise, train, and then eating breakfast is one of my favorite weekend routines. Even better is sunrise, RACE, and then eat breakfast. I love eating breakfast w the other racers and exchanging war stories. When runners are exposed to such natural beauty something lights up their face, may be even the soul is charged up. When runners are taken away from running it is this piece that is removed, they lost the soul. Our soul is best expressed with a challenge. How much more gratified are you when you reach your goals? Set a goal and reach it.
#1 SMILES. Lets get right down to it. Runners smile best. Have you been to the finish line of a race? There are no grumpy people at the finish line, spectator or racer. No one has ever regretted a hard run. One of my most favorite things is watching runners succeed. First 5k? First 5 min mile? Everything in between. Happier bodies mean more pleasant interaction on a daily basis. More plugged into their body with healthier diets over good food and fun stories where nature occurs. That sounds like a much happier world. Something happens to us when we interact with nature. Not look at it from the window but touch it, hear it, EXPERIENCE it. Those are the people I like having around. Bottom line: Get out there and experience the world around you. After all runners know how to explore a new city, new food, new drink, and new trails. Get out there and be happy while you train, your community loves you for it!
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Ron Gallagher is owner/Physical Therapist at Maximum Velocity Physical Therapy right here in Henderson, NV. He believes that education and performance are key to prevention, rehabilitation, and success in all physical endeavors. Go to website maxvelocityPT.com to read more or even “request an appointment.”