PS2AD Series

A 9 Day Program linking Prague School to Athletic Development.

Taught in three 3 Day Courses separated by a series of 1 day Bridge the Gap programs.

Read about the course offerings below, then check out Dr. Liebenson’s course schedule to find the course(s) you want in a city near you.

These are interactive, problem-solving workshops. You can start at any point in the program (since they are divided up  topically.

Clinical Audit Process/Assess-Correct-Reassess Video from Stanford, 2014

Learn how to efficiently –
  • Find the source of pain
  • Improve function
  • Enhance durability & performance
  • Increase self-efficacy
  • Achieve patient & athlete-centered results

What Can You Expect to Learn?

The PS2AD series is an ideal prep for changing one’s paradigm from –
  1. Symptom-based to a focus on the Source of pain in the kinetic chain
  2. Passive to Active (self-care oriented)
  3. Doctor-Centered to Patient/Athlete-Centered
  4. Output-based to outcome-based
  5. Hardware (structural) to software (functional)
Goal: to learn how to efficiently focus on reversible functional pathologies of the motor system (i.e. key painless dysfunctions)
At the end of the day it takes passion, study & experience to learn how to be STRONG in this model. As Pavel Tsatsouline says “You are strong when you can make the hard easy”. Therefore it is all about EFFICIENCY. That is what we teach.

Part A - Isometric Torso Stability

“Proximal stability for distal mobility”

Assessment of Faulty Movement Patterns & Integrated Core Training

    • Why, How, What
      • Why do people seek care?
      • Data collection – the role of history in Needs Analysis
      • The problem of the “status quo” – Cognitive Dissonance around the symptomatic & structural approaches
      • Training dogma – the isolation bodybuilding approach
      • The “inactivity crisis”, sedentarism & what we can do about it – Sparing the Spine with “Micro-breaks”
      • Sensory blindness – the role of the sole of the foot
      • The downside risk of passive care
      • “Exercise is Medicine” – what does a modern 3 Block Spine Stability program look like?
      • “That which enhances performance prevents injury”
      • Keys to Skill Acquisition – Neural adapation, overload, & determining intensity (“hardest thing you do well”)
      • Demand vs Capacity: the role of history AND functional assessment
      • Why we plan for Plan A, but expect Plan B
      • Individualization of the care to enhance efficiency & effectiveness
      • What is the role of identifying pain triggers & painless dysfunctions?
    • Assessment of Faulty Movement Patterns
      • What are the fundamental functions?
      • The clinical significance of fundamantal human functions – upright posture, single leg stance, and respiration
      • How can a screen be individualized?
      • What is the role of the medical “Red Flags” exam?
      • Can/should the FMS scoring scheme be generalized?
      • Is every exercise a test?
  • Resilency: Becoming durable like Phoenix
    • Peceived threat
    • Potentially traumatic events
    • The tipping point & pain threshold
    • Sensitization & “wind-up”
    • Up & down-regulation
    • Confidence is the cornerstone of great performance
  • How does the “U” or “J” curve explain pain/injury in both sedentary & athletic populations
    • Why load management is #1 in injury prevention
    • What is sustainable athleticism & activity intelligence?
    • Role of variablity
    • Why multi-planer training is functional
  • Finding the Silent Killer
    • Painless dysfunctions
    • Every exercise is a test
    • the 80/20 rule & corrective exercises – distinguishing signal from noise
    • Assess-Analyze-Correct-Reassess
  • Communication is the most important technique
    • The environment is the best coach
    • Self-corrective, reactive exercises
    • Blocked vs Random
    • external vs internal cues
  • Active Recovery
    • Primal “tuning” & re-sets
    • Core stability for distal mobility (why guarding is usually NOT primary)
    • Spine Sparing Strategies
      • Micro-breaks
      • Hip Hinge
      • T4 mobilizations
      • Hip mobilizations
      • Ankle mobilizations
      • Postural advice
    • Spine Stability Training
      • The key role of supple stiffness & neutral joint postures
      • Proximal stability for distal athleticism – what does this mean?
      • To brace or not to brace that is the question
      • Sets/Reps/Hold Time/Frequency
      • 3 Block Periodization approach
        • Block 1 – Static endurance bodyweight training
        • Block 2 – Static endurance traning with external load
        • Block 3 – Core stability with distal motion
      • Progressions/regressions/lateralizations
      • The role of diaphragm, pelvic floor & stabilization system in cylinder function
      • Basics of core stability from biomechanical & neurodevelopmental perspectives
      • Anti-flexion & anti-rotation dysfunction/training
      • Okinawan strength – eliminating “soft” spots in the core/developing the “iron torso”
  • Developmental & Archetypal (primal) Re-sets
    • Evolutionary & Development landmarks
    • Evolution of upright hominoid (5-8 million years ago)
    • Homosapian (250,000 years ago)
    • Development of upright posture (12 months)
    • The double “whammy” of inactivity crisis & obesity
    • Designed to Move – Sedentarism a “virus” of western civilization

Part B - Lower & Upper Quarter Kinetic Chain
  • The Functional Approach
    • Resilency
    • The inactivity crisis
    • The Functional Paradigm
    • Cognitive Dissonance
    • Grit
    • Communication is the most important technique
    • Fundamental Patterns – squat, hinge, lunge, push, pull, carry

Rehabilitation of the Athlete: From the Ground Up

  • Foot/Ankle Stability: What is the role of  the dead foot?
    • Martial arts “rooting”
    • The transverse arch, 1st MTP & the high gear push off
  • Single Leg/Frontal Plane Stability
    • Preventing medial knee collapse
    • Posterior Chain activation
    • Frontal plane stability/power
  • The Posterior Chain
    • The Stability-Power Continuum & Safe Return to Activity/Sport (triple flexion for triple extension, movement prep)
    • The Hamstring Dogma
  • Squats & Lunges
    • Athletic position
    • Finding your hip width
    • Avoiding knee dominant pattern
    • Split stance
    • Star Matrix lunges with arm tweaks
  • Dynamic Warm-up & Plyometrics
    • Stretch-Shortening Cycle
    • Deceleration for acceleration
    • The key importance of landing

The Continuum of Care: From the Head to the Toe

  • Postural conspiracy
    • Workstation ergonomics
    • Lifestyle – “inactivity crisis”
  • The T4 “dead zone”
    • Kinetic chain effects on lumbar spine, head & neck, and shoulder girdle
    • Breathing dysfunction
  • Cervico-cranial dysfunction
    • Neck Pain
    • Headache
  • Orofacial dysfunction
    • TMJ
    • Vocal issues
  • Vestibular Dysfunction
    • Balance
    • Cervical-ocular correlations
  • Upper quarter kinetic chain dysfunction & scapular dyskinesis
    • Impingement
    • Instability
    • The overhead athlete

Video overview with testimonials of how Dr Liebenson’s programs can transform your practice.

Part C – Sensory Afferent Re-sets of Janda & Lewit’s Mobilizations in the Rehabilitation of the Locomotor System

  • Joint by joint approach starting from the ground up (from MTPs to TMJ)
  • The role of joint dysfunction in faulty movement patterns
  • Sensory-Motor stimulation starting from the sole of the foot
  • Synergist substitution & relative tightness: are tight traps a key link or trap?
  • Irradiation & potentiation: prioritizing movement preps for efficiency
  • Acc. to Gray Cook does a stiff area on passive & active testing always require mobilization?
  • How manual therapists & trainers can work together in athlete-centered management
  • Post-isometric relaxation methods for inhibition of tight muscles & joint mobilization
  • Traction, springing & joint oscillations
  • Fascial release according to Lewit
  • Exteroceptive therapy
  • Scars as sabateurs
  • The fibular head & tight hamstrings
  • The painful coccyx post-partem pain
  • The pelvic floor & sacrotuberous ligament
  • Psoas & QL in trunk rotation dysfunction
  • Respiratory & visual synkinesis
  • Ideal manipulative therapy methods for acute care or the elderly
  • Distinguishing neuromuscular from connective tissue sources of hypertonus
  • Dizzyness & post-concussion syndrome
  • TMJ, speech & eye movements
  • Manual traction procedures for hip, lumbar spine, shoulder & cervical spine
  • Forward drawn posture – lumbo-dorsal fascia, fibular head & gluteal inhibition
  • Integrating Manipulation & Exercise
Bridge the Gap (BTG) Courses – One Day updates linking each course
  • Review the concepts & implementation of the A,B & C programs
  • While the 3 day workshops  cover the Science & Rationale or WHY of the series along with the craft, skill, methods or WHAT. The BTG programs emphasize HOW to integrate the course work in different environments.
  • Case-based