Recovery

Training With Hip Pain Part I

Pain in the front, side, or back of the hip are common complaints within the lifting community. A combination of factors are typically involved when experiencing pain or limitations in training, rather than “just one thing” that needs to be addressed. The hip is a complex region that does not have a clear way to […]

When Symmetry Matters: A Look At Instances in Where Indexes Matter After Injury

Performance in specific sports requires specific adaptations, while developing overall physical literacy and athletic power is predicated on a broad range of traits. If an individual is meeting the base physical activity guidelines as either a youth or an adult, the minutiae of small asymmetries does not warrant further attention. Some sports have shown asymmetries […]

Post-Operative Knee Rehabilitation

There are a variety of knee surgeries that may be recommended for an individual. These range from “minimally invasive” (also known as arthroscopic) surgeries, such as ACL reconstruction, to fully “open” procedures, such as total knee replacement. Regardless of the surgery performed, a well-designed rehabilitation program is essential for good outcomes and a return to […]

The Barbell Medicine Guide to Osteoarthritis

Have you ever been told you have “arthritis” in one of your joints? Do you know anyone who said they have “bad knees” or who underwent surgery to replace a joint? Given how common osteoarthritis (OA) is across the world, the odds are that the answer to at least one of these questions is “yes”. […]

Pain in training: What To Do?

So you’ve been training, but have started experiencing pain. This is an extremely common experience that we get asked about on a daily basis. Essentially, the question is “Doc, what do I do?” Before we begin, we should point out that this will not be a philosophical magnum opus on pain and the human condition. […]

Crepitus: Expectations vs. Reality

Crepitus is the menacingly-named phenomenon of noises produced by a joint during movement. It is common to hear snaps, crackles, and pops when flexing or extending a knee or an elbow. At times, these noises can be accompanied by a sensation of mechanical stiffness. When combined, these can cause distress, evoking deep-seated fears people have […]

Navigating Potholes: My Back Pain Experience

Navigating Potholes: My Back Pain Experience

I will spare you my lengthy back pain origin story and set the scene in 3 bullet points: It’s not a fun trip; I don’t suggest it. But if you’re already on it, hopefully learning from my experience can help to make yours a more pleasant one. Who knows, you might even be able to […]

Placebo Sleep?

A 2014 paper by Draganich & Erdal studied the effect of sleep on cognitive functioning in 164 undergraduate students – with an interesting twist. Participants were given a questionnaire in which they ranked how deeply they had slept the prior night on a scale of 1-10. Subjects received education about REM sleep and cognitive function, […]

Training in the Dark

“Just keep putting in the work. You’ll be fine. You’re strong. You’ve got this. Focus, Jordan.” This was just some of my internal dialogue on the 25th of September last year (2014). I had just gotten done with some squats, which felt terrible at the time. They were heavy, painful, exhausting, and just about every […]

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