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Getting Started with IASTM, Wrist Injuries in CrossFit, Deadlifting in Rehab

On this episode of the #AskMikeReinold show we talk about an easy way to get started with instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization, treating wrist injuries in CrossFit athletes, and the role of deadlifts in the rehab setting. To view more episodes, subscribe, and ask your questions, go to


#AskMikeReinold Episode 68: Getting Started with IASTM, Wrist Injuries in CrossFit, Deadlifting in Rehab

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  1. Rick Leclaire,PT
    Rick Leclaire,PT says:

    Hi Mike and the gang,
    I agree that deadlifting is a functional movement and is beneficial in strengthening hip and knee extension. However, there are certain forms of deadlifting that are safer and provide less risk of spinal injury. Straight bar deadlifting, in my opinion, is awkward with the bar in front of the shins and tends to pull the trunk into forward flexion increasing intra-discal pressure and potential injury. Even with good coaching emphasizing maintaining spinal extension with engaged erector spine I feel the risk outweighs the benefit when less hazardous forms can be performed. Utilizing a trap bar, kettlebells and/or dumbells can maintain the load more directly over the hips minimizing trunk forward flexion and providing a more biomechanically sound effect to fortify the hinge of hip/knee extension. Another example of a risky exercise , are stiff legged dead lifts as a hamstring strengthening exercise. Even with proper technique maintaining lumbar lordosis with braced erector spinae, these are far too risky when safer effective exercises can be performed. Certain exercises take on a certain macho mystique and infatuation within the weightlifting community and as rehab/fitness professionals , we should provide a voice of reason and sound biomechanical judgement in selecting exercises that can improve fitness/performance with minimal risk of injury. It was nice to see a Celtics TV commercial showing a player deadlifting with a trap bar and kudos to Ed Lacerte and his strength/conditioning staff for promoting this. Hope I’ve provided a thoughtful perspective on the deadlift discussion. Thanks to you and your staff for providing excellent food for thought on P.T./fitness training topics.
    Old School PT,
    Rick Leclaire

    • Mike Reinold
      Mike Reinold says:

      Rick, good addition, yes there are good and bad variations for sure! And also bad ways to coach and bad ways to program! But we shouldn’t fear the deadlift in general. Thanks!

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