My latest educational program with Eric Cressey, Functional Stability Training for the Upper Body, is now available!
FST for the Upper Body is the third program in out Functional Stability Training system, adding to the popular Core and Lower Body programs. When Eric and I started to brainstorm what we wanted to teach with these programs, we wanted to share our approaches to rehabilitation and performance training, but more importantly how we integrate the two together. This makes the FST products a great resource for any rehabilitation, fitness, or performance specialist.
Functional Stability Training for the Upper Body
In order to function properly, our body needs to be strong and mobile, but control and stabilization of this mobility is often less than optimal. Unfortunately, stabilization is often overlooked in the design of rehabilitation and performance programs. Traditional program design relies too much on mobilizing what is tight and strengthening what is weak. We are missing the boat on stabilization and it’s effect on enhancing optimal movement patterns.
Proper function of the upper extremities is complicated and requires the arm to work in conjunction with the scapula, thorax, cervical spine, and core to provide mobility, strength, and power to the entire body. Any deficits in stability throughout the body’s kinetic chain can lead to injury, dysfunction, and a decrease in performance in the upper body. FST for the Upper Body aims to help formulate rehabilitation and training programs designed to optimize how the upper body functions.
By addressing alignment, strength, mobility, and dynamic motor control, you can maximize your rehabilitation and training programs to reach optimal performance.
Think about a few of these:
- Can the lumbopelvic and thoracic regions impact shoulder function?
- Can the cervical spine impact the elbow?
- Can scapular position decrease shoulder performance?
The answer to all of these questions is ABSOLUTELY! Functional Stability Training for the Upper Body discusses all this and more, showing you exactly how you can assess and correct issues within the kinetic chain to optimize stability and performance of the upper extremity.
Here is an outline of the presentations and lab demonstrations that we perform. Eric and I combine presentations with real life examples so you can see how we both manage specific individuals based on our assessments. You get to see Eric and I at work together working with people:
- How posture and position influence upper extremity function
- Understanding and managing joint hypermobility
- Understanding the elbow: functional anatomy, common injuries, and conditions
- Elbow injuries: evaluation and management
- Assessment and management of thoracic mobility restrictions
- Assessment and management of muscles imbalances of the shoulder and scapula
- Assessment and management of scapular position
- Assessment and management of elbow epicondylitis
Optimal Shoulder Performance
For those that are familiar with Eric and I’s other education program Optimal Shoulder Performance, Functional Stability Training for the Upper Body takes this information to the next level by showing how we integrate the entire body to optimize upper body function.
FST for the Upper Body integrates the concepts learned from FST for the Core and FST for the Lower Body, and serves as the sequel to their previous educational program, Optimal Shoulder Performance. FST for the Upper Body is perfect as a stand alone program, but also builds off Optimal Shoulder Performance to help take your knowledge to the next level. Putting the information from all of these products together will give you a complete understanding of how we approach our integration of rehabilitation and performance.
We had great reviews from the live filming of this program: