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Wow, has it been 10 years already?

Wow, has it been 10 years already?

I am super excited to be celebrating my 10 year anniversary of  I knew that I started my website in 2008, but honestly, I swore it was in the fall.  So I sat down this morning to figure it out and noticed I actually wrote my first blog post 10 years ago last week!

I wrote a review of a journal article on ACL injuries.  For sentimental reasons, you should check it out.  My first blog post from 10 years ago:

I was pretty nervous to look at it.  It’s been so long, who knows what I actually even wrote?!  And what I do and how I think has changed so much since then!  But, you know what?  I was actually pretty amazed at how the article is quite similar to what I still write today.  A quick review with clinical implications.

How This All Started

That is exactly why I started this website, to help others grow and stay current.  To take new research and discuss the clinical implications. To make the complicated more simple. My plan from day 1 was to share my journey with you by writing about what I am learning and how this is changing what I do every day.

Today, everyone wants to be an expert on social media, but I always advise our students and interns to not try to “fake it ’til you make it” and try to proclaim expertise online.  It’s easy to spot a lack of authenticity.  Rather, just humbly share your journey and what you are learning.

I’m not going to lie, though, I started this website for me.

To keep me sharp, to keep me growing, to push me to never stop learning.  I always recommend others get into education.  Honestly, it helps you as much as the person learning from you.

I started my career off as a clinician that spent my spare time in the evening conducting clinical research, and then my spare time on the weekends traveling around the world teaching.  It was an amazing experience, and something that really made me grow as a clinician during the first 5+ years of my career.

Then a funny thing happened.

I actually landed my dream job with the Boston Red Sox.

While this was exactly what I wanted to be doing everyday, I literally worked everyday (all day…) and stopped teaching.

I simply couldn’t.  There was no time to travel.

After a few seasons, I felt that I was getting stale.  I started trying to figure out a way I continue educating, because I missed it so much, and I missed how much it pushed me to keep growing.

I actually remember the day I decided to start this website.  I don’t think I ever told anyone this story before…

We were in Yankee Stadium, and I walked out of the clubhouse onto the bench during the game.  I sat down next to the other athletic trainers and I clearly remember asking them, “hey, do you think people would read a website if I review journal articles as they come out?  Would that be helpful?”

That was it.  What a ride it’s been.

I found an image of one of the early versions of the website (very web 1.0 haha):

Mike Reinold Original Blogger Website

Take a closer look and notice I had under 500 readers and 219 twitter followers hahaha!

And people love cracking up at Lenny and I from some of our earlier work:

old Mike and lenny

While my site has changed a lot and I personally got LASIK surgery, dropped a few pounds, and even started wearing slimmer clothing, I’m pretty proud of how the content has remained consistently impactful for people for 10 years.

I took a look back and also notice that I also recently published my 1000th blog post (missed that too…  I guess I’m not big into milestones, haha).

I have consistently published ~2 articles a week for 10 years.  The website is visited by 2 million people a year now.  We’ve expanded to have a ton of video content on Youtube, a podcast, and now a dizzying amount of micro-content on my social media accounts like Instagram each and every day.  And I have slowly developed a ton of great online courses for people to learn from me at anytime, from all over the world.

But most importantly, I’m still having a blast!  Because I am still learning and still growing.  So while I admit I started this website for me, I sure hope you’ve learned from it as well.

So What’s Next?  It’s Going to Be Amazing…

Earlier this year, I knew I was entering the 10th year of the website, so I sat down to brainstorm the future.

In the past, I sort of just used this website as a brain dump, just sharing what I am currently thinking about.  But for the first time, I think I really have mapped out an amazing plan to truly help a ton of people.  I talked to a lot of people, surveyed everyone on my email list, and essentially found out what people need to take their careers to the next level.  This goes for students, new grads, young clinicians, and even veterans with a ton of experience.

I’ve mapped out everything I want to do to help everyone along their journey and it’s all coming together.  I think I got it.

Here’s just a sneak peak:

  • A revamped Inner Circle.  This is going to be big.  There is going to be a ton of new content helping people get started the right way in their career, and for everyone to stay current and ahead of the game with their skills.  I have 1000’s of people in my Inner Circle that rave about my program, however I’m not kidding when I say I think it’s going to be 10x better.
  • My system of Performance Therapy and Training.  I’m not saying that what I do is better than anyone else, but after 20 years, I have learned a ton to shape what I do today and what we have built at Champion.  I love to systemize things.  And soon (early 2019???) I will be releasing my FULL system of what I do.  How I evaluate people, how I assess movement with our integrated movement assessment, how I perform my manual therapy and corrective exercises, and how I build my functional training programs to optimize mobility and performance.  This is going to be HUGE, and I think is going to be really eye opening for everyone that feels overwhelmed.  There is a need for this.  So many people are showing you bits and pieces that people don’t know where to go.  I will show you exactly what to do.  You’re going to love it.

So to all of my readers, thanks for joining me on this ride.  Happy 10 year anniversary.  Here’s to the next 10 years!  THANK YOU!

Do me a favor, comment below and let me know how my website has helped you in your career, I’d love to hear about it!

~ Mike

My Favorite Articles of the Year

Over the years, I have always published an article at the end of each year that highlights some of the best articles of the year from my website.  I always enjoy looking back at the site analytics to find what my readers thought were my best articles.

However, sometimes I don’t agree, haha!

Sometimes some of the articles that I enjoyed writing the most weren’t the most “popular” when it comes to site visits.  Plus, I now have more websites that you may find my content, like

So this year, I thought I would write up a list of my “favorite” articles of the year, instead of the most “popular.”  I bet after reading them, you’ll agree!

Thanks so much to all of you for another awesome year.  For those that like sneak peeks…  We have some BIG stuff in store for 2018:

Online Training

We have just launched our new online training platform with our first flagship program, Champion Strong.  This is based on our most popular programs we use at Champion.  It’s an awesome online program for those looking for an amazing workout program that progresses each month.  You can take it to the gym with our phone app that allows you to view, schedule and log your workout for the day to track your progress.  Plus, there are great exercise demos and educational content.  If you’ve ever wanted to work with us at Champion, this is the program for you!

Our Performance Therapy and Training System

We’ve been alluding to this for a few months but we’ve been working hard to bring together everything I have learned in the last 20 years into a complete system of performance therapy and training.  We’re getting close, but it’s going to be EPIC.

Stay tuned…

My Favorite Articles of the Year

Research Updates on K-Tape, Self Myofascial Release, and Topical Analgesics

This was my favorite podcast of the year.  Lenny and I got together with Phil Page at our annual ICCUS Society meeting and asked Phil to summarize some of the latest research on K-Tape, SMR, and Topical Analgesics.  This was a fun one.  Phil is the best.


Should We Delay Range of Motion After a Total Shoulder Replacement?

I recently updated my online program teaching you how I evaluate and treat the shoulder over at and added a new lesson on Rehabilitation of the Arthritic Shoulder.  I wrote this article to share some of the research about ROM after a total shoulder replacement.  I think there are still some misconceptions out there.


3 Popular Exercises I Am No Longer Using

Sometimes what is popular on the internet and social media is not best.  In this article, I show a few videos of 3 common exercises that I have stopped using, as I just think they aren’t the best.


Velocity Down After Weighted Balls and What Pitchers Should Do After Games

This was another fun episode of the podcast where I team up with Will Carroll, Dan Blewett, Kevin Vance, and Dave Fischer to talk about some of the things we learned at the big Sabermetrics meeting in Boston and how they are using it with their high school and college pitchers.


Working with the Hypermobile Athlete

This was my favorite Inner Circle presentation of the year.  I sat down with Dave Tilley and talked about some of the things to consider when working with hypermobile athletes.  This is essentially a lot of what Dave and I do each day, so there is a ton of nuggets of info in here for everyone to learn.


5 Ways to Get More Out of Self Myofascial Release
Self myofascial release is super popular but often performed poorly.  Follow these 5 tips and you’ll get even more out of performing them in your programs.  I have a bunch of great videos in the post for you to watch.


Are Weighted Baseball Velocity Programs Safe and Effective?

This was a review of our 2-year research project that we conducted at Champion in conjunction with Dr. Andrews and Fleisig of ASMI.  I published this on Elite Baseball Performance while the manuscript is in the press as I wanted the information to get out to the public and it takes months for a proper peer review and publication process.  Unfortunately, based on the reaction observed on Twitter, I’m not sure people wanted to hear the results…


6 Hip Mobility Drills Everyone Should Perform

In this article, I have 6 more videos going over my favorite hip mobility drills.  This is the cornerstone of most of my hip mobility programs.  I’m not a fan of torquing the joint or working into (or pushing through) end range of motion, which is, unfortunately, becoming more popular lately.  I much prefer these drills.


4 Ways to Modify the Squat So Everyone Can Perform

Another great Inner Circle presentation where we look at how different people may present and how that could impact their squat form and mechanics.  This is a very important concept to apply to your clients.


What is the Best Graft Choice for ACL Reconstruction?

Lenny Macrina wrote a great guest post discussing some of the options for ACL reconstruction.  We get questions like this a lot on the podcast, so thought an article was long overdue.


Knee Seminar Bloopers!

I thought it would be funny to share some bloopers from, our program teaching you exactly how Lenny Macrina and I evaluate and treat the knee.  

It’s not as easy as everyone thinks to film these programs so Lenny and I wanted to share some quick bloopers from the filming!


Learn Exactly How I Evaluate and Treat the Knee

Want to learn even more about how I evaluate and treat the knee?  You still can!  My online program on the Recent Advances in the Evidence-Based Evaluation and Treatment of the Knee is now available.  I’ll show you everything you need to master the knee.  Click the button below for more information and to sign up now!

Awful Physical Therapy Article in the New York Times


The past several days have been interesting!  If you haven’t heard yet, the New York Times published an article on physical therapy that was not very positive, questioning the efficacy of our profession.  The article goes into detail asking why not just go to a gym rather than physical therapy?!  The author did a terrible job with the article and took a very small sample and total blew it our of proportion.

This has created a large stir, obviously and rightly so, within our profession.  Many of you have emailed me and I have already been in many email chains with people around the country discussing.  If you haven’t read it, here is the link to view the article:

The disappointing aspect of the article is that Dr. Jay Irrgang in Pittsburg was quoted throughout the article and his comments did not help defend our profession, maybe even hurt it a little bit!  Also, don’t forget that Dr. Irrgang is the current president of the Orthopedic Section of the APTA.

To defend Dr. Irrgand, who is a great contributor to our profession, participated in an email chain with myself and many other notable therapists in the country.  His response clearly expressed disappointment in the author of the article and her attempts at manipulating his comments etc.  He was initially asked a simple question:

Are there randomized controlled trials for physical therapy for sports-related injuries such as tendinosis?

His response was clear and accurate:

There are randomized trials to support interventions that are commonly used by physical therapists for the treatment of tendinosis including the use of eccentric exercises.

Apparently, he was not completely aware of the intent of the article and was just answering interview questions that seemed simple at the time.  However, all of his responses were not included and his comments were cherry-picked to create the illusion of what the author was trying to relay.  Dr. Irrgang even sent me the list of references that he provided to the author showing the efficacy of physical therapy for various treatments like impingement, patellofemoral pain, ACL reconstruction, etc.  It appears, as usual, that the author manipulated Jay to convey the story the way she wanted it to appear!

There was a large amount of reader comments (182) that were mostly positive regarding the profession, some even saying that “physical therapy saved my life.”  There are also many PT’s that were able to comment and defend.  But interesting enough the New York Times stopped allowing comments to the article.  This is disappointing as articles like this do not do our profession justice.  We should at least have the right to discuss.  Isn’t that what the internet is supposed to be about in 2010, online discussion and collaboration?

Don’t get me wrong, there are likely lousy therapists in this world, just like there are lousy people in every profession, but we can not simply define our profession by one bad experience. 


What is the Take Home?

Articles like this really motivate me to continue promoting evidence-based medicine.  Don’t get me wrong, I too get sick of the extreme evidence-based clinicians that will only perform treatments that have published scientific efficacy.  This is an extreme and our profession is a balance of art and science.  Let’s be honest about that.  But negative perceptions within the media about physical therapy being a waste are likely true if you are just treating your patients with heat, ultrasound, ESTIM, and ice.  This is NOT physical therapy!  I would be naive to say that this does not happen, but this is the exception not the norm!

So let this be your motivation, if you find yourself falling into the grind and relying on modalities (for example) for your treatments, stop and think about what else you could be doing.  If you are one of these clinicians, question the efficacy of what you are doing.  Ask “why?”  Read more, pick up a new book or journal, go to a CEU course or anything else to stimulate your brain.  We are all better than that and as I always say in my presentations, we are not just clinicians, we are scientists.  Act like one.

Unfortunately, “clinicians” like this probably aren’t reading this website…