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Strength Chat #34: Dr. Craig Liebenson from LA Sport and Spine

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The strength and fitness industry has for too long been dominated by overly-tan, annoyingly-loud YouTube celebrities with less than factual content, aka broscience. Tune in to Strength Chat – hosted by a group of Coaches and Athletes with over 60 years of combined experience – as they talk fact, science, and strength with world-renowned strength, conditioning, and rehab professionals.

Today’s guest is Dr. Craig Liebenson! We don’t want to do the injustice of not introducing him properly, so here’s a complete bio from his website!

Dr. Liebenson is the Director of L.A. Sports & Spine a pain management, rehabilitation & performance enhancement center providing one on one musculoskeletal care. He is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Chiropractic, Division of Health Sciences at Murdoch University, Perth Australia and consultant for the  the Anglo-European Chiropratic College M.Sc. programs in Chiropractic Rehabilitation. The first ever chiropractic member of the McKenzie Institute (U.S.) Board of Directors he serves on the editorial boards of numerous journals including the Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation; the PM&R  Journal of Injury, Function and Rehabilitation; the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapy; and Journal of Manual Therapy.

Dr. Liebenson is the first health care provider in California to receive a Certification of Recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) on Achievement of Recognition for Delivery of Quality Back Pain Care. He is actively engaged in ongoing research on the spinal stabilization system as a Visiting Scholar at Pr. Stuart McGill’s Spine Biomechanics Laboratory at the University of Waterloo. He began studying with both Dr. Karel Lewit and Pr Vladimir Janda beginning in 1987 and began hosting Pavel Kolar’s programs in the late 1990’s.

Dr. Liebenson publishes extensively and is the editor of  the book/DVD Rehabilitation of the Spine: A Practioner’s Manual (2nd ed), 2007, DVD series Yoga & Ergonomics; Core Stability Training; & Functional-Performance Training and the The Functional Training Handbook (2014). He has had books published into Spanish, Greek, Korean, Chinese, and Japanese. He worked as team chiropractor for the N.B.A. Los Angeles Clippers from 2005-2009, consulted with the M.L.B. Arizona Diamondbacks, N.F.L. Seattle Seahawks, and Boston Sports Medicine and Performance Group. He serves on the Advisory Council for Equinox worldwide luxury fitness gyms.

  • Introduction and background of guest [05:39]
  • Discussing the tendency to over-think in your pursuit of perfection [07:50]
  • Changing your coaching technique to become more effective and remove fear [12:44]
  • Managing tendency of athletes to over rely on MRI’s [15:03]
  • Convincing injured athletes and working on their muscles and motor control to help them recover [17:45]
  • Discussing the tendency of athletes to fall prey to alarmist predictions by doctors [21:22]
  • Chris describes his back injury and analyzes the reasons that caused it [23:33]
  • Will Chris be a better coach and come up with a more sustainable training regimen after his injury? [27:41]
  • Programming is critical for sustainable training and prevention of injury [30:16]
  • We discuss a recent misleading article by a chiropractor suggesting that bad lifting movement does not result in injury [32:02]
  • Merits of being in a natural, flow state and having an “anti-fragile” mindset [34:18]
  • Simplifying the stages that will result in an individual lifting with reasonable proficiency and extreme confidence [37:42]
  • Monitoring and affecting the right amount of pain via training [39:09]
  • Quality before quantity; chasing proficiency and not perfection [39:50]
  • Adding load to create robustness [40:18]
  • Avoid focusing on a single body part, and consider the whole body as a system [40:56]
  • Dr. Liebenson shares his contact information [48:53]

Here’s how you can get in touch with Dr. Liebenson:

Instagram – @cliebenson
Twitter – @craigliebenson
Seminar schedule is easiest to find at my blog www.craigliebenson.com