Runners are miseducated everyday. Running is healthy for your skeleton. Rest will not help your ability to return to running. Come to MVPT and learn how to apply the skill of running to your injuries or performance. We would love to HELP!!
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.