Earlier this year, Eric and Mike released a 4 disc, 8 part dvd set titled, Optimal Shoulder Performance. Because of their extensive experience and diverse yet seamless backgrounds, this product is a great resource for any sport medicine and/or performance professional working with overhead athletes. While I consider myself a "hockey guy", I do get my fair share of baseball players and work closely with a varsity swim team so the information contained really resonated well with me.
Oozing with both practical and nerd-ical content, this dvd set is very comprehensive but also very user friendly. Grounded in scientific information, Eric and Mike presented various concepts ranging from the epidemiology and etiology of shoulder injuries to injury prevention and performance enhancement.
Here are some highlights from Optimal Shoulder Performance:
The importance of assessing Total Range of Motion
Dynamic Stability Progressions
Note: For the complete exercise progression continuum for training dynamic cuff stability through rhythmic stabilization, I would highly suggest Mike's Treatment of the Shoulder Joint Complex: Principles of Dynamic Stabilization DVD. You can pick it up at AdvancedCEU.com which, unsurprisingly, is an affiliate link to fund my "continuing education for life" endeavors.
Finally, there were countless pearls embedded deep in the Optimal Shoulder Performance ocean. One specific pearl I liked was the fact that during rhythmic stabilizations, Mike almost wants the athlete fail on some of the reps. This is showing him that the exercise is difficult enough for the athlete to force an adaptation. Because like the clinical audit process, only with a significant but controllable challenge will a new pattern emerge.
All in all, I really enjoyed Optimal Shoulder Performance. It has provided me with excellent principles for effectively managing not only my 74 year old cuff patients but also my varsity swimmers. So if you work with overhead athletes, make sure you check it out.