Seminar Countdown: A Q and A with Mike Robertson
Known to many as “The Rehab Guy”, Mike Robertson’s presentation “Corrective Exercise: Fact vs. Fiction” is one that I am truly excited for. So many coaches want to implement screening but do not know the when’s and where’s of how to implement the strategies. Mike’s holistic approach to training is one that is absolutely fantastic, and he will cover it in his presentation. This is a must for anyone who has thought of or does implement any screening and corrective exercises with their athlete’s.
JD: Mike, thanks for taking the time out of your hectic schedule at IFAST to talk with us a bit about your presentation, “Corrective Exercise: Fact vs. Fiction” that you will be giving at the 2012 Seminar. I know you’re a busy dude, so let’s get right to it.
First off, Mike, what do you feel is the biggest mistake coaches make out there when implementing corrective exercises?
MR: Great question J!
I think the biggest issue most people make is not knowing what corrective exercise is in the first place. Most people assume that corrective work is just foam
rolling, stretching and/or core and glute activation drills. Quite simply, corrective exercise determines what specifically is holding the client in front of you back. It could be mobility issues, stability issues, energy system development, or a host of other things.
People get too focused on the modalities, and don’t focus enough on the end result –getting our clients healthier, and/or improving their performance.
JD: With that in mind Mike, where and how would you change their approaches?
MR: This is a loaded question, because true corrective exercise is a holistic approach to training. If they aren’t assessing their clients and athletes it starts there. If you aren’t assessing, you’re guessing as to their needs and limitations. Once the assessment is concluded, it’s time to develop a program that addresses what you found in the assessment.
Where and how is hard to answer, because this is stuff that should be going on daily. Beyond the formal assessment and program design process, you also have to be flexible and willing to adapt based on how the athlete is responding to training.
Unfortunately, that’s probably vaguer than what you’d like to hear, but that’s just how it works.
JD: Mike thanks for taking the time to rap with us a bit today. We’re really excited to have you here on campus at the University of
Richmond for the 2012 Seminar. I’m sure our attendees are just as excited. We can’t wait to see the presentation. Any closing comments you’d like to add?
MR: Thanks J! I’m really just trying not to bring down the seminar too much. You’ve got an absolutely stacked line-up, and I can’t wait to learn from some of the best and brightest in the business!
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