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Thoughts While Reading Research #2: FMS Killer

After reading research I take some time to think about the take home points, how I can apply it to my practice (either performance or in clinic), additional questions that pop into my head, concerns about the methodology, and random thoughts. I’ll provide references to back my thoughts when I can. The intent of “Thoughts After Reading Research” is to catalog my thoughts and to spark sharing. Hopefully, readers will find it valuable.


Disclaimer: I’m a fan of the FMS in principle, however there are areas that need improvement –


“FMS is a screen for injuries”, yet it is not validated against injuries because the scores and approach have no specificity,
15 years of irrefutable research on the impact of dynamic valgus on ACL injury and PFP fails to become incorporated,
FMS tests at low load and load velocity cannot be extrapolated to movement strategies and control (high load and high velocity) during sport.
poor inter-rated reliability,


All this said, FMS played a huge impact in my development and it has had undeniable positive impact on the health care industry and strength and conditioning world – making it more focussed on movement and the concept of injury prevention and screening. To help evolve and take injury screening to the next level where we have sensitivity, specificity, reliability and prospective validity (the ability to predict future injury likelihood) I look to work that the Cincinnati Sports Medicine group is creating – in fact they have their annual meeting coming up May 25th – 28th – Advances on the Knee, Shoulder & Sports Medicine 2014.

What did I read

Myer, G.D., et al., High knee abduction moments are common risk factors for patellofemoral pain (PFP) and anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury in girls: […]

By |April 3rd, 2014|Categories: Literature, Random Thoughts and Conundrums|0 Comments

Volleyball Training Tip of the Week: Ankle Braces

Ankles: To Brace Or Not To Brace?

Check out the video below to hear our thoughts about the use of ankle braces in volleyball!

Volleyball Training Tip: To Brace or Not?

Elevate the Arch and Using Your Tripod

These are two different terms that we use when talking to athletes about properly building strength and coordination through their feet.
The tripod refers to keeping the heel, and the balls of the big toe and little toe on the ground.
Elevate the arch refers to externally rotating the leg while keeping the tripod in tact, and seeing the arch elevate off the ground. You can also picture yourself ‘opening a jar of pickles’ with your feet. Press down into the ground and twist outward. This should create the same effect with the tripod and building of the arch.

Take off your shoes and socks. Focus on one foot at a time and find your tripod. Then work on elevating the arch. Now compare it to opening a jar of pickles with your foot.
Once you have this feeling down, you can practice it daily…try using it in our single leg control homework module below!

Single Leg Control Homework Module

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Rights and Privileges

Remember as a child, (maybe this still happens to you as an adult?!) when your parents or other authority figures would say ‘being here is a privilege, not a right!’ if you misbehaved?

Well I find myself thinking that often when working with athletes, especially those that feel they are high performance or elite.

You see, I can tolerate certain lapses in judgement from a developing athlete if they just don’t know any better. The high performance ones though, that’s where it gets dicey.

What I am talking about is the buy-in to all the little habits that make us robust and consistent athletes. As a sport science team, we take the time to explain the importance of each concept. I believe an athlete/patient who understands the WHY is more likely to buy-in to the WHAT/HOW…

Nothing becomes more frustrating then when the athlete/patient doesn’t take the same level of care into their own performance. So now I am going to say it…”Training for Performance is a Privilege, not a Right!”

Running faster, jumping higher, being stronger and more explosive, these things are all sexy. Athletes love to think about how dominant they can be. None of this is important without your health. An injured athlete will never jump as high, run as fast, or enjoy the sport they participate in.

So athletes and patients, think about the training/rehabilitation space just like your driver’s license. Everyone has to get their G1 first. Once you embrace and excel at the basics of physical literacy and show us that you care about controlling your body in space, then we can give you your G2 and you can start chasing that performance (there is no speed limit on performance, but with your G2 you […]

The Drive to Succeed

I have some confessions to make. I don’t jog. I don’t diet. I don’t really think about my health.
I am obsessed with performance. I love to sprint and want to keep getting faster, bigger, and stronger. I eat to maximize my training and the adaptations I hope to see (most of the time, haha), and I want to be frickin awesome at everything I do. I like to think if I am running fast, jumping high, and being strong, that my health will certainly be acceptable!

Now that I am a coach, a lot of people ask why I still enter competitions. The truth is that I have a competitive desire, a drive to accomplish great things, that has never gone away. The drive that led me to working hard as an athlete has not left me. That is because I AM STILL AN ATHLETE.
I look around at what athletes are accomplishing, and with my knowledge of training, anatomy, physiology, etc. I say to myself, well “Why Can’t I do that?”. The answer is, “I Can.” So I enter track meets, weightlifting competitions, and just try all sorts of different things.

I just ran my first 60m track meet a few weeks ago with fellow coach Glen Owen, and have now set a lofty goal of running a sub 11 second 100m this summer. Is this crazy? I don’t think so. Many people have done it before, so with the right planning and dedication, I don’t see any reason why it can’t happen for me.

I love the movies Moneyball and Kung Fu Panda. Moneyball is great on so many levels, and one of them has to do with finding the REAL performance indicators, or keys to success. […]

Supporting Galaxy Volleyball!

It’s been a hectic last two months with our big move, but now that we are getting settled, I think it’s time for some updates.

Specifically, I wanted to update the progress we have seen with Galaxy Volleyball.

You can check their site here:

As some of you may know, Galaxy Volleyball is a new club that formed this fall in Toronto. We were really excited to get involved with Galaxy because their founders are passionate about proper development of their athletes in all phases of sport participation. As this was music to our ears, we couldn’t pass up the chance to get involved.

With comprehensive development as a priority, we have provided FITS led Athletic Development work as part of every teams practice! One of our athletic development coaches, Townsend Benard, has been the lead on delivering these sessions.

Recently the 15U team Galaxy Blast, coached by Paul Coderre, won their first tournament of the season! One of many I am sure.

Overall there are 5 teams in Galaxy for this first season, and we look forward to sharing in all their successes this coming season. This is definitely a club on the rise with big things to come!