Dr. Nathan Kadlecek, PT
Is a physical therapist committed to providing high quality health information, largely focused on lower back pain and the gross overuse of diagnostic imaging, medication, surgery, low quality treatment methods, and the over-diagnosis of pain conditions. He's also a powerlifter, pain nerd, macro-scale thinker, and wants to help you think differently about pain, healthcare, and life.
Preventing injury isn't really possible... however reducing the risk of injury, is. Here are a couple key points:
1. Warm-up before you exercise.
2. Don't use too much weight too soon.
3. Don't lift the same muscle groups every single day without rest.
4. Rest and recovery is equally as important as the work itself.
If you follow these simple steps above you'll ensure that you reduce your risk of injury and stay healthy!!
What do top performers have in common?
There are many things but i'm just going to touch on three points:
1. Consistency. They are more consistent than everyone else.
2. Tolerating uncertainty. They have accepted that since they are pushing the envelope, that they are going to be uncertain about certain decisions, and, that they're okay with that. Build your uncertainty muscle.
3. Desire to be great. They can't even fathom living a "normal," life.
What i'm not saying is that we can all be the "best in the world," at something. What I am saying is that we can be the best version of ourselves and we won't know where that will take us until many, many years down the road.
Keep on pushing!
Back spasms hurt. A LOT. They hurt so much that we often think that there is a structure that is severely damaged.
Thankfully, that's not always the case. Although we may hurt A TON, it doesn't necessarily mean that we've severely injured ourselves.
Hurt does not always equal harm, and there is a path forward if you've been struggling with back spasms for a year, 5 years, or even 10 years.
In this video I'm sharing how a client of mine went from having recurring back spasms after lifting a heavy couch, to lifting over 300 pounds without ANY back pain whatsoever. Pretty cool stuff.
Did 2020 knock you off your routine?
I know it knocked me off a bit.
I couldn't believe how much that disrupted my own direction and creativity, it was nuts.
If you're like me... getting back onto the routine can be very difficult, whether it's lifting weights, going for routine walks, runs, cycling, working on those business admin tasks you know you need to do...
In this video I share a couple tips on "making it easy," a strategy that i've implemented and learned from the Book Atomic Habits, by James Clear.
I hope it helps!
Have you ever believed that bench pressing with a barbell is bad for your shoulder?
If you have, you're not alone.
A ton of people have told me this over the years. Sometimes they say it's because they've bench pressed and seen the direct "causative" effect that it's had.
Other times, it's more indirect, where they say "well so-and-so told me and I trust them."
Regardless of who you've heard it from i'm here to say that bench pressing is not bad for the shoulders.
In fact, i'll even take it a step further... there is no such thing as a good or bad exercise. It's only exercise. There may be exercise that you are not prepared for or that you are not accustomed to, however this is much different that something being "bad."
Let's stop placing moral judgements on exercise.
Do you think bench pressing is bad for your shoulders? Why?
Tiger woods sustained a comminuted tibfib fracture (tibia and fibula). Comminuted refers to a break of the bone in more than two places.
This injury sounds similar to Alex Smith's tibfib fracture back in 2018... and if you remember, many people said he'd never play again.
Tiger is one of the fiercest competitors to ever walk the Earth and he has the team around him to help him recover and get back to playing golf at a high level if he decides he wants to come back.
In my experience working with people recovering from comminuted tibial fractures, it's a long process.
Usually 3 months of non weightbearing followed by 12-18 months of physical therapy and strength and conditioning.
I really do hope Tiger recovers stronger than ever and makes comeback #2, that would be incredible. If he retires after this I can understand and appreciate that decision too.
What do you think?
Will he be coming back after he recovers from this crazy injury?