Society of Weight-Training Injury Specialists
This past weekend we had the privilege of attending the SWIS (Society of Weightlifting and Injury-Prevention Specialists) Symposium in Toronto. This symposium brought hundreds of personal trainers, chiropractors, massage therapists, nutritionists, strength and conditioning coaches, powerlifters, bodybuilders, gym owners, industry thought leaders, and key influencers together for a three days of lectures that discussed the optimization of training, diet, treatment, and rehab for themselves and their clients.
One of ASI’s core values is our commitment to continuing education. As trainers and coaches we believe it is our obligation to our clients and athletes to continue learning from the best coaches, doctors, and nutritionists in the world.
The SWIS Symposium was chock full of extremely valuable information. One of the highlights included learning muscle testing from Dr. David Leaf. Muscle testing assesses if specific muscles are working properly. When muscles that control a joint are not working properly this predisposes it to injury. Muscle testing identifies these muscles and provides the coach with the necessary information to develop a program to “re-educate” them.
We also had the pleasure of having lunch with Dr. Leaf where we discussed everything from performance and rehab methods he uses with his power-lifters, athletes from MLB, NFL, NHL, world class soccer players, and Olympic champions to common injuries seen in high school athletes and how to prevent them.
We also had the incredible privilege to meet legendary track star Ben Johnson who ran in arguably the best (and most controversial) 100m race in Olympic history.
We also had the opportunity to meet and learn from the world’s leading expert in low back disorders, Dr. Stuart McGill. Over the weekend we learned training techniques he uses with world-class athletes to strengthen the core, develop proper movement, endurance, speed, and power while minimizing injuries of the lower back.
Training Tips from Leaders in the Industry
While talking shop with Dr. McGill between lectures we discussed his research on the safest and most effect ways to strengthen the core coming away with some priceless training tips. We also discussed the studies Dr. McGill has done on the unbelievable core strength of World’s Strongest Man competitors and how their training methods can be adapted to improve athletic performance.
Another highlight was learning different strategies to correct technique in the Squat, Bench, Deadlift, Farmer’s Walk, and Atlas Stone Carry from 3x World’s Strongest Man champion Bill Kazmaier.
The most exciting highlight of the weekend was meeting and discussing business with EliteFTS founder and president Dave Tate. Dave gave a great presentation on gym ownership and how to fine-tune the questions you ask and the impact those questions have on your ability to make better business decisions. After his presentation Dave was generous with his time where we spoke for an hour one-on-one about how to grow a business.
We also attended lectures by Dr. Darryn Willoughby, Director of the Exercise and Biochemical Nutrition Laboratory at Baylor University, and Dr. Bob Rakowski, a certified clinical nutritionist and director of the Natural Medicine Center in Houston, on the nutritional and sleep needs of athletes.
ASI places continuing education as one of our top core values. In this industry the moment a coach/trainer/therapist stops learning is the moment they become obsolete. It is our commitment to the clients and athletes we work with to have the very best information available to ensure maximum results. It is for this reason that we consult and learn from the best in the industry.