“We fix the obvious problems others seem to ignore.” – James Dyson, the founder of the vacuum manufacturer Dyson
I am currently re-reading Evan Osar’s most recent book, “Corrective Exercise Solutions to Common Hip and Shoulder Dysfunction.
Why am I re-reading it? Well, because in typical Sarah fashion I initially dove into it and basically “read” it at warp speed. Now I am going back and taking more time to absorb it.
I have been a fan of Osar’s work since 2005, when I first read his articles on PTontheNet.
“As to methods there may be a million and then some, but principles are few. The man who grasps principles can successfully select his own methods. The man who tries methods, ignoring principles, is sure to have trouble.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
I totally dig Evan Osar and what he has contributed to the educational side of the fitness industry. His attention to movement quality and the importance of proper progression fascinates me. He believes that most of our colleagues are ignoring proper breathing, progressions, and the education, empathy, and empowerment our clients deserve.
“Our job, as well as our challenge as fitness and health care professionals, is to help clients and patients recognize the intimate relationship between how they move and what happens to their body as a direct result of how they move. Regardless of genetics, trauma, disease, past experiences, thoughts, beliefs, and previous learned patterns, we can help our patients and clients create positive changes. This is not to suggest that someone with multiple sclerosis or just having suffered a stroke will ever return to a high level function they had prior to the disease. But it is not up to us to place restrictions or limitations upon them. Our job is to teach and empower them to regain their strength, stability, movement awareness, and confidence so that they can achieve the highest level of function they are able to, given their current state. Empower them to challenge their current level with the faith that the nervous system is capable of so much more than it is often given credit for.” – Evan Osar
Osar states that “while there are many methods, there are only three simple principles that apply to the rehabilitation, training, and/or conditioning of the human movement system.
The principles are: improve respiration, achieve optimal joint centration, and integrate these activities into fundamental movement patterns.”
He further states that “the value and effectiveness of your method is only proportional to the ability of that method to accomplish the three principles while simultaneously reducing the client’s risk of injuring themselves. If your method does this, then it is the best method to use with the client. Please note that I did not say injury prevention, as it is impossible to prevent all injuries. However, the goal is always to reduce the client’s risk by teaching them how to breathe better, improve their ability to centrate, and perform fundamental movement patterns.”
I am going to wrap up this post with some eye-opening statistics Osar listed, stating “the prime focus of this book is to present strategies and techniques that can be utilized to improve human movement. Why the focus on movement?”
• The United States spends approximately $2.1 trillion on health care each year or 16% of its gross domestic product. This is, by far, greater than any of the other developed countries, yet the United States ranks 50th out of 224 countries in life expectancy.
• Americans spend approximately $216 billion on prescription medications every year – a large majority of this cost is related to treating musculoskeletal symptoms.
• Arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions are cited as the most common causes of chronic disabilities in working age adults. While there are only approximately 18 cases out of every 1,000 persons between the ages of 18 and 44, the number of individuals experiencing these conditions rises remarkably to 56 between the ages of 45 and 54, and to 99 for those between the ages of 55 and 64.
• There are nearly 157 million visits to doctor’s offices for musculoskeletal conditions at a cost of $215 billion per year.
• The obesity rate for individuals between 18 and 64 years of age has more than doubled in the period 1971 to 2005.
And if you think this epidemic is limited to just adults, check out these statistics on the state of the health of our children:
• Nearly half of all injuries in children participating in sports are the direct result of overuse, and the majority of these occurred not while they were playing their sport but rather while they were at practice.
• According to the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System for the year 2001, there were approximately 14,000 injuries related to football. While this makes sense because of the aggressive and contact-nature of the sport, there were almost 700,000 injuries in basketball.
• There has been a 150% increase in physical education class injuries between the years of 1997 and 2007, with most of these being sprain/strain-type injuries. • Nearly one-third of children are obese.
In closing, I leave you with this:
“Our society is moving from production and manufacturing that was representative of the United States economy at the turn of the 20th century, to a predominantly service-driven economy in the 21st century that is characterized by more time sitting in front of a computer, in meetings, or on the phone. Coupled with increasing technology and automation that further limits how much we need to move, together with a nutrient-depleted, overly processed, and genetically-modified diet, this creates a human architecture that is far from capable of handling any increases in demands that may be imposed upon it.” – Evan Osar
See why I dig him?! 🙂