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Tip of the Week: Runner on the Wall (Hips Part 3)

This week Fitness Director Dustin Miller and Thera-Ex Aide Jessica Bowen demonstrate Runner on the Wall, part 3 in our 4-part series on hip “stabilization” or strengthening. This exercise is especially important for runners of all levels and those of us who walk regularly for exercise. Like all of Precision’s “Tip of the Week” exercises, this movement looks easy but if you are doing it correctly, you will likely need... Read More

Tip of the Week: Reverse Lunge (Hips Part 2)

This is the second video in a series of hip strengthening exercises. Almost everyone under-uses their hips muscles in athletics and during everyday activity, causing pain in overcompensating knees, backs, butts and pelvises. Our ‘Hips’ series will help to isolate these muscles and give you the tools you need to change the way you move for the better. Let us know how it’s going at home in the comments below... Read More

Tip of the Week: Quadraped Rock-back (Hips Part 1)

This week we’re shifting focus from core strength to hip strength. Co-owner Dr. Chris Christensen, CSCS, DNSET and Fitness Director Dustin Miller demonstrate a basic exercise meant to isolate your hips and ensure they are getting the attention they need to help prevent back and leg strain over time. Whether you’re an athlete, runner, weekend warrior or just trying to develop proper movement skills, using your hips properly will not only... Read More

TIP OF THE WEEK: Intra-abdominal pressure with rolling (Core Part 3)

Dr. James Vegher (co-owners of Precision Physical Therapy & Fitness) and Fitness Director Dustin Miller bring us the most challenging core exercise yet, creating intra-abdominal pressure and incorporating your whole body weight by rolling. This exercise may sound easy, but done correctly it can be a great challenge for your core, back and hips.

We’re hiring Doctors of Physical Therapy!

Outpatient & Inpatient Orthopedic Physical Therapist Compensation: Commensurate with experience Employment type: part-time/full-time  Join our talented staff of education driven physical and occupational therapists in beautiful mid-county Santa Cruz! Precision Physical Therapy & Fitness is located in a newly renovated office and is looking for motivated and curious individuals to join our team. Summary: Under general supervision, plans and administers physical therapy services in the treatment of clients in the clinic.... Read More

TIP OF THE WEEK: INTRA-ABDOMINAL PRESSURE WITH ARMS & LEGS (CORE PART 2)

Dr. James Vegher (co-owner of Precision Physical  Therapy & Fitness) and Fitness Director Dustin Miller take it to the next level this week by expanding on last week’s basic tip on properly engaging your core muscles. Watch and learn as they add some resistance to this concept and challenge Dustin’s ability to maintain proper form while bringing the heat: the weight of his arms and legs. If this exercise is easy,... Read More

Tip of the Week: Creating Intra-Abdominal Pressure (Core Part 1)

Dr. James Vegher (co-owner of Precision Physical Therapy & Fitness) and Fitness Director Dustin Miller demonstrate how to create intra-abdominal pressure (core part 1) in a series of videos demonstrating basic physical fitness and movement skills. The is the first in a series of three videos on establishing core strength, the first step in learning about proper human movement techniques. Learning how to create IAP will allow you the basic... Read More

DNS Running Course

DNS Sports Specific 3-Day Running Course Santa Cruz, CA May 6-8th, 2016 Registration The course fee is $700 (USD) In addition, there is a fee of 80 Euros (~100 dollars) for the Prague School Please note that you MUST sign-up on the Prague School website prior to remitting payment for this course Once you have completed registering with Prague School and paid the required fee, please click on the link below... Read More

The Biomechanics of Volleyball: The Arm Swing (Part 2.2 of many)

Jumping is one of the most innate things we can do as athletes. But, we cannot talk about jumping without talking about squatting, and you cannot talk about squatting without talking about quadruped (hands and knees) exercises, and prior to quadruped exercises there are supine positions that must be fulfilled. Let me quickly connect the dots so it makes sense later. These pictures represent basic movement perquisites to jump well…... Read More

The Biomechanics of Volleyball: Jumping (Part 3 of many)

Jumping is one of the most innate things we can do as athletes. But, we cannot talk about jumping without talking about squatting, and you cannot talk about squatting without talking about quadruped (hands and knees) exercises, and prior to quadruped exercises there are supine positions that must be fulfilled. Let me quickly connect the dots so it makes sense later. These pictures represent basic movement perquisites to jump well…... Read More

This Isn’t A Meritocracy

I recently listened to a TED talk that asked the question, “Where do good ideas come from?” I think the default response is that good ideas come from libraries, universities, laboratories, etc. But the speaker argued that this is not the case. The speaker stated that coffee shops are the birthplace of good ideas. It is a community of people getting work done and/or talking to each other with the... Read More

This Isn’t A Meritocracy

I recently listened to a TED talk that asked the question, “Where do good ideas come from?” I think the default response is that good ideas come from libraries, universities, laboratories, etc. But the speaker argued that this is not the case. The speaker stated that coffee shops are the birthplace of good ideas. It is a community of people getting work done and/or talking to each other with the... Read More

The Biomechanics of Volleyball: Jumping (Part 3 of many)

Jumping is one of the most innate things we can do as athletes. But, we cannot talk about jumping without talking about squatting, and you cannot talk about squatting without talking about quadruped (hands and knees) exercises, and prior to quadruped exercises there are supine positions that must be fulfilled. Let me quickly connect the dots so it makes sense later. These pictures represent basic movement perquisites to jump well.... Read More

The Biomechanics of Volleyball: The Arm Swing (Part 2.2 of many)

6/3/14 Update: I no longer check the comments section on this blog post. If you have any questions do not hesitate to email me at austin@prefitpt.com. Otherwise check out our new sports performance website and dedicated sports science blog www.precision-sports-performance.com. Also, the arm swing blog has taken a bit longer than expected, but it is still on the way.   Disclaimer: Within this series, I will probably get on a lot... Read More

The Biomechanics of Volleyball: The Arm Swing (Part 2.1 of many)

 Disclaimer: Within this series, I will probably get on a lot of people’s nerves. It can be a touchy and controversial subject. I will do my best to label what are just plain facts, and what is my opinion based on these facts. I invite you to question what you know, and my opinions.   The volleyball arm swing.   This technique probably differs the most within the volleyball world. Elbow... Read More

The Biomechanics Of Volleyball: Ready/Defensive Position (Part 1 of Many)

  Disclaimer: Within this series, I will probably get on a lot of people’s nerves. It can be a touchy and controversial subject. I will do my best to label what are just plain facts, and what is my opinion based on these facts. I invite you to question what you know, and my opinions.   First, let me define two components of this post. Ready Position: The ready position is... Read More

In-Practice Punishments (Part 4 of 4)

  Finally, we come to the last post in this series. I am excited to be done with this topic, not because I’m sick of it, but because I have so many more topics I am eager to share with you all. I have talked about everything I can imagine in regards to in-practice punishments. It may not seem that important to many, but how many times have you preformed... Read More

In Practice Punishments (Part 3 of 4)

I apologize for the delay in this post but I could not have written part 3 without the valuable knowledge I have gained on vacation. While I was gone I had the incredible opportunity to read a book called The Power Of Habit, by Charles Duhigg. It sounds like a self-help book, but is far from it. The author follows several peoples’ lives (from crack heads to Michael Phelps), and talks... Read More

Runners, It’s Not Just About the Shoe!

Almost every day I get asked the same question about shoes and it goes like this, “I hear that these new minimalist- type shoes can help improve my form and possibly prevent injuries, is this true and if so what brands do you like”? My response is the always the same, the shoe has a role in the whole equation, but what is more important is what you put into... Read More

In Practice Punishments, Mental Gains (Part 2 of 4)

When I was playing, I remember watching every inspirational video that was offered on the internet. One of the quotes that stuck with me was an athlete saying, “somewhere, someplace there is a person that is practicing while you are not, and when you face that person face to face he will beat you.” He was so dedicated and driven that he worked out constantly. This attitude helped shape my... Read More

In Practice Punishments (Part 1 of 4)

There were many different forms of punishment and conditioning that I endured as a player, but none more than sprints. When we complained of sprints, it became burpees, pushups, sit ups, squats, dives, and other movements. Did these barrage of physical tests help me as a volleyball player? In retrospect, I’d like to think think they did, at least mentally. But they probably didn’t. I’ve seen sprints administered from five... Read More

GO muscles vs. SHOW muscles

Here is a picture of two tennis players.I invite you to guess a few things: Who is the better tennis player? Who is stronger? Who has less injuries? (Please post answers in comments)     There has been a plethora of high-intensity training strategies that have gained a lot of popularity lately. They sell the idea that hard work equals an increase in fitness. These training strategies may help develop... Read More

Back setting and your muscles!

  As a middle, I depend on where, and how the setter jumps during a set more than any other player on the court. A few times throughout my years of playing, the setter has flown forward and taken out my legs underneath me. It is quite terrifying and painful. Ever since those incidents I would always have more caution with setters that would throw their hips forward when they... Read More

The Recipe to Win (Part 2)

For the past couple of years the FIVB has analyzed nearly every major volleyball competition in the world and created video compilations of each tournament. While browsing this amazing archive of volleyball clips, I noticed the length of the long rallies, especially with the men. The longest rally team USA had in the 2008 Olympics was only 16 seconds! The women averaged around 20 seconds. This realization led me to... Read More

The Recipe To Win (Part 1)

I have seen a plethora of motivational videos, but only a couple stand out. It’s always clips of people some how pushing their bodies beyond their limits to achieve success. Recently someone showed me this video. It is one of the best inspirational videos have ever seen. I’ve heard this speech before, but never paired with these clips and music. After watching it I wanted to fight a bear, climb... Read More

Runners, STOP only treating your symtoms and start treating the CAUSE!!!

Dan Pfaff, arguably one of the greatest track and field coaches of our time, eloquently uses an analogy to describe his approach to treating the cause of pain in his athletes. “One of the analogies I use to describe my approach to sports medicine is that joints are pulleys; connective tissue (muscle, tendons, ligaments) are ropes; and this pulley system is driven by a computer. To achieve high performance you... Read More

Running Performance Clinic at the Precision Wellness Center

  I am proud to introduce the Running Performance Clinic at the Precision Wellness Center on the campus of Cabrillo College. The Running Performance Clinic is dedicated to providing an athlete-centered environment for runners that can efficiently enhance the movement system and bridge the gap between rehabilitation and performance. The Precision Running Programs are aimed at uncovering the specific asymmetries in your running pattern. Whether you are in pain or... Read More

Olympic Trials 1500M & 5000M Slow Motion Video

I shot some video of the 1500/5000M Final at the Olympic Trials for both the men and women. Video was shot at 210 FPS with less than 1-2 laps to go. It is nteresting to see the different types of running form at such an elite level. The two runners with exceptional running economy were Matt Centrowitz and Morgan Uceny. Look for Morgan Uceny to possibly medal at the Olympics.... Read More

PERCEPTION vs REALITY!

A client of mine sent me this photo and I just had to share it with you. I laughed when I first say this photo because it speaks truth in the?precetion of?my own running form. What we precieve as?normal posture, movement, and running form can actually be?far from normal. The poor prection of normal movement can lead to dysfunciton and pain in runners overtime if not addressed. Runner’s, learn if... Read More

RUNNING FROM THE INSIDE OUT – 360 Degree Core Training for Runners, a Shift in the Core Training Paradigm

  The Beauty of Running with a Hightly Stable Core Above are two amazing runners, Carl Lewis from the past and Matthew Centrowitz, the future of US distance running. These two amazing runners exemplify high levels of abdominal stability and control. This enables them to produce efficient force into the ground resulting in speed and endurance.  Runners first need to understand the function of the core including what muscles make... Read More