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Practical science about movement health and performance.

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Practical science about movement health and performance.

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    Mark Miller on Predictive Processing

    Mark Miller on Predictive Processing

    If you are interested in predictive processing, you should definitely listen to this podcast.

    It’s an interview with Mark Miller, a philosopher and cognitive scientist who studied under John Vervaeke and did his PhD with Andy Clark.

    I've read a bunch of Mark’s papers on using predictive processing to understand psychopathology, well-being, addiction, substance abuse, social media use, and playful behavior. These papers are filled with interesting insights about perception and action (along with some difficult technical materials that I won’t pretend to fully understand.)

    In this interview, Mark did a great job of minimizing the technical stuff and maximizing the interesting insights, of which there were many. We talked about pain, play, meditation, therapy, horror movies, roller coasters, and many other things.

    This was a super fun conversation and I highly recommend it.

    To learn more about Mark and his work, you can visit his webpage here, find him on Twitter here, and check out his Contemplative Science Podcast here.

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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Movement Lesson on Variable Sitting Posture

    Movement Lesson on Variable Sitting Posture

    The podcast today features a 15-minute Feldenkrais-style movement lesson that you can do while sitting in a chair.

    It's a progression from a couple other sitting lessons which you can find here and here. (You can do the lessons in any order by the way.)

    Each lesson is about expanding you're sitting “vocabulary”, by which I mean all the different configurations of the pelvis, spine and ribs that can keep you in a balanced and comfortable position.

    Let me know what you think in the comments.

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    • 16 min
    Christopher Johnson on Sport and Injury

    Christopher Johnson on Sport and Injury

    Christopher Johnson is a physical therapist, performance coach, international speaker, published researcher, and elite triathlete.

    I consider Chris to be a world-class source of information about the connection between movement and pain, especially in the context of endurance running. He knows all the research, has years of experience working with runners, and competes at the highest level.

    Chris lives here in Seattle, so I’ve had many chances to get together with Chris and geek out about all things related to sports, movement and pain.

    This podcast is a recorded version of one of those geek-out sessions. We decided to make it a joint interview where we both ask and answer questions. (As it turned out, I think I had a more questions for him.) In any event, it was an informal conversation that touched on a wide variety of topics including:

    Chris's background as a multi-sport athlete in skateboarding and tennis.

    differences in how we grew up playing many sports versus the modern environment where kids are forced to specialize.

    our personal experiences recovering from overuse and traumatic injuries.

    common injuries for runners, especially bone stress injuries and tendinopathies.

    raising kids to be healthy movers.

    how Chris deals with the mental stress of triathlons, including his absurd claim that 5Ks are harder than Iron Mans.

    our most recent projects and interests.

    Links

    Chris’ webpage

    Chris’ new project collecting the best running drills: Top Shelf Resource Suite

    Chris on YouTube

    Chris on Facebook

    Chris on Instagram

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    • 58 min
    John Kiely on Robust Running

    John Kiely on Robust Running

    My guest on the podcast today is John Kiely. John is a senior lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire, Institute for Coaching and Performance.

    I've been reading John’s research for several years now and his papers are always very interesting and fun. He's written on a wide variety of subjects like running, coordination, periodization and the science of smooth movement. You can find links to some of my favorite papers below.

    What I really like about John’s writing is that he relates specific data points to big ideas, like complex systems, evolution, or stress/adaptation. And the perspective is very broad, so he makes interesting connections between seemingly unrelated topics. In his paper on smoothness, he refers to the Supreme Court free-speech debates about pornography. In his article about periodization, he writes about Henry Ford's theories of efficient car production in factories.

    When John agreed to do this podcast, I was excited to talk about a whole bunch of topics, but we focused on one: how to be a coordinated and robust runner. In John's view, running performance and injury is far more about coordination then we might imagine. We talked about:

    the neural hierarchies governing coordination, ranging from the “smart” motor cortex to the “dumb” reflexes

    what neural “degeneracy” means and how it’s different from redundancy.

    the role of variability in performance and injury prevention

    how fatigue and aging affect variability and coordination

    why I strained my hamstring in my soccer game last week and what that has to do with coordination

    how to train fast versus slow reflexes

    the role of perturbation in training coordination

    John’s opinions on the work of Frans Bosch

    We could have gone on for much longer, and I have many more questions, so I plan to ask John for more time in the near future.

    Links

    John’s research

    John on Twitter

    Some great papers by John that I recommend:

    Smoothness: an Unexplored Window into Coordinated Running Proficiency

    My post about the smoothness paper

    Periodization Theory: Confronting an Inconvenient Truth

    The Robust Running Ape: Unraveling the Deep Underpinnings of Coordinated Human Running Proficiency

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    • 1 hr 8 min
    How to Relax Your Shoulders While Sitting

    How to Relax Your Shoulders While Sitting

    For this week’s episode of the podcast I have a 15-minute movement lesson you can do while sitting in a chair. The goal is to release unnecessary tension in the shoulders and neck. Based on the Feldenkrais Method.

    If you are enjoying these movement lessons, stay tuned for a coming announcement about a new series of online classes starting in January.

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    • 18 min
    Joletta Belton on Chronic Pain from the Patient Perspective

    Joletta Belton on Chronic Pain from the Patient Perspective

    Joletta Belton writes and speaks about her experience with chronic pain, so that clinicians and researchers can understand the patient perspective. I’ve heard her speak several times at pain conferences in San Diego and Oslo, and each time she had one of the most informative and engaging presentations.

    Joletta is co-chair of IASP’s Global Alliance of Partners for Pain Advocacy, which integrates the patient perspective into the study, research, and treatment of pain. She is also the first Patient and Public Partnerships Editor at the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy.

    In this podcast, Joletta tells her story about how she went from being an athletic firefighter to a disabled patient within just a year, after what seemed like a minor injury in her hip. She also explains how she eventually recovered, and how her sense of identity and meaning were profoundly impacted during her journey.

    We talked about her injury and subsequent surgery, the pain of losing her job and sense of identity, her experience in the medical and worker’s comp system, and how some deep realizations helped with her healing process. We also talked about the value of stories and personal narrative to patients, how clinicians can help patients create those stories, and what researchers can learn from Joletta’s experience.

    Highly recommended for clinicians, patients and anyone impacted by chronic pain.

    Links

    Joletta’s website and blog

    Joletta on Twitter

    The Global Alliance of Partners for Pain Advocacy

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    • 1 hr 18 min

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