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Strength Chat #40: Dr. Stuart McGill

Make sure to check out Dr. McGill’s new book “Gift of Injury”

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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.

Legendary Dr. Stuart McGill joins us again on Strength Chat, for the first time since a year ago when he was on Episode 2. Lots of developments since then that are covered in this podcast, as well as an announcement of a new book he is releasing!

Dr. Stuart M. McGill is a professor emeritus, University of Waterloo, where he was a professor for 32 years. His laboratory and experimental research clinic investigated issues related to the causal mechanisms of back pain, how to rehabilitate back-pained people and enhance both injury resilience and performance. This produced over 240 peer-reviewed scientific journal papers, several textbooks, and many international awards. He mentored over 40 graduate students during this scientific journey.

During this time he taught thousands of clinicians and practitioners in professional development and continuing education courses around the world.

He continues as the Chief Scientific Officer for Backfitpro Inc. His advice is often sought by governments, corporations, legal experts, medical groups and elite athletes and teams from around the world. Difficult back cases are regularly referred to him for consultation.

  • Introduction and background of guest [05:04]
  • McGill shares the premise of his book, “Gift of Injury” [06:45]
  • Discussing the experimental bone callousing process in order to treat injury [08:29]
  • Learn how over exercising will lead to serious injuries for power lifters [11:06]
  • Importance of building training capacity and conserving it for intense training sessions [13:51]
  • Adaptation in order to lift heavier [15:00]
  • Discussing how spines of powerlifters vary from the norm in order to demonstrate bone adaptation [15:45]
  • How long do bone adaptations take? [17:45]
  • Why are powerlifters lousy dancers and inflexible? [19:11]
  • Getting a powerlifter out of pain and resuming training [22:30]
  • Importance of building capacity and preserving it [25:19]
  • Understanding different body types, learning leverages and building on it [27:05]
  • Things to mitigate posture dysfunctions in athletes [31:03]
  • Do discs ever heal after bulging or protrusions? Does it inhibit future athletic performance? [34:18]
  • Fixing the root cause of injury rather than focusing on short term solutions [36:30]
  • Discussing how disc bulges are caused due to tribecular damage [38:03]
  • Training regime for Jujitsu fighters [39:30]
  • Three things that should be doing or not doing for avoiding risk of injury in spine and surrounding muscles [40:53]
  • Importance of grip training and having grip strength [43:43]
  • What is a common recurring theme with top athletes as far as hand grip is concerned? [45:54]
  • Usage of reverse hyper for strengthening of spinal erectors or preventing injuries [48:14]
  • Is it recommended for athletes to hang upside down via bands for spinal decompression? [52:05]
  • McGill shares information about the McGill method in Toronto and McGill certification [56:38]

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