From Elite Athletes to the Everyday Patient/Client
Treatment and Training Tips from World Surf League Medical Director Dr. Tim Brown
When: Thursday, September 20, 2:00 pm ET
DESCRIPTION: Original Medical Director of the Pro Beach Volleyball Tour (AVP) and the current Co-Medical Director of the Pro Surf Tour (ASP/WSL) Dr. Tim Brown will discuss tips, tools and what he’s learned over 30+ years of working with some of the best athletes on the planet, as well as the challenging everyday patient/client.
Dr. Brown will also discuss the science and methodology behind some of the innovative functional taping and soft tissue release techniques he’s developed, including SPRT (Specific Proprioceptive Response Technique), which is a sensorimotor-based functional taping and myofascial release system. He and his team have utilized SPRT consistently with tremendous results for over 30 years on some of the most elite athletes, entertainers and business execs.
1) Background on Dr. Tim Brown and his experience in Sports Medicine as a Medical Director
2) History and Science behind Dr. Brown’s approach
3) Applications to Sports Medicine and High Performance
4) Functional Taping and Treatment Philosophy and Techniques
SHORT PRESENTER BIO: TB is a lifelong high level athlete who was the first ever chiropractor to be named medical director of a professional sport, The Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP). He has been awarded many honors including the ACA Sports Chiropractor of the Year. He is currently Co Medical Director for the World Surf Tour (WSL) and Chief Innovation Officer for IntelliSkin, where he has engineered his taping systems into performance apparel. He is also an Athlete Performance Consultant for RedBull and Hurley. He created SPRT to improve functional treatment and recovery of athletes during competition and has since been granted 8 international utility and design patents.
Some additional topics Dr. Brown will touch on…
SPRT (Specific Proprioceptive Response Technique) Soft Tissue Release and Functional Taping
Taping – Employs various tapes (such as Leukotape, cover roll and kinesiology tape such as BodySport) based on pain, severity of injury, location and support/functional objective (sensorimotor and or mechanical).
SPRT Taping also uses a unique tape tab, in some applications where more mechanical support is necessary, to approximate and compress specific soft tissue and joint structures. Simply approximating alignment of the underlying injured tissue(s)/structure(s) improves the support and healing process.
Myofascial Release – SPRT soft tissue work is based upon stimulating the sensorimotor system to reconnect/restore and improve normal nerve, fascia, muscle and joint function to improve quality of movement.
The nerve supplying a joint supplies also the muscles that move the joint and the skin covering the articular insertion of those muscles.
Weak stimuli activate physiological responses, whereas very strong stimuli inhibit physiological responses.
Reciprocal inhibition is the automatic antagonist alpha motor neuron inhibition that is evoked by contraction of the agonist muscle. This so-called natural reciprocal inhibition is a ubiquitous and pronounced phenomenon in man and must be suspected of playing a major role in the control of voluntary movements.
Phi, the Golden Ratio and the Fibonacci Sequence
The body’s joints move in spiral patterns consistent with the math of the Golden Ratio. Muscles are set up around the joints to encourage efficiency and economy of movement and support.
The Human Body is based on patterns of 5, which is the basis for Phi as well
Another interesting relationship of golden section to the design of the human body is that there are:
- 5 appendages to the torso, in the arms, leg and head.
- 5 appendages on each of these, in the fingers and toes
- 5 openings on the face.
- 5 sense organs for sight, sound, touch, taste and smell.
The golden section in turn, is also based on 5, as the number phi, or 1.6180339.
This law is used in anatomy and physiology to describe how soft tissue models along imposed demands. It is the corollary to Wolff’s law, which applies to osseous tissue. It is a physiological principle stating that soft tissue heals according to the manner in which they are mechanically stressed.
“SPRT development was initially created out of necessity. I was treating athletes and training to qualify for the AVP Tour as well as working with a lot of pro surfers and traditional taping and bracing methods didn’t work as they do on courts and fields of play. I imagined creating a healthy structure out of tape that I could use at any angle and would allow the injury to be supported but also would encourage healthy, quality, pain-free movement to help stimulate the physiological pump and sensorimotor system. As I was asked to define what I believed was why the system having so much success I was guided by many of the principles taught by Vladimir Janda, MD as well as the strong understanding of how alignment is the first step towards healing, health and fitness.”
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