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Coach Rose Called to Australia

Prime’s own Geoff Rose has been hired to consult for the West Sydney Wolves! The Wolves’ program is a basketball academy dedicated to training and developing athletes with a goal to play in the U.S. collegiately or professionally. 

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Basketball is still in it’s infancy in Australia, but thanks to the NBA’s global marketing and FIBA it has become a rapidly growing sport. Australia has produced the likes of number 1 overall Draft pick Ben Simmons, NBA Champions Andrew Bogut and Patty Mills, as well as a handful of other players in the NBA. Colleges such as St. Mary’s in California, have made players from cities like Sydney and Melbourne the cornerstone of their rosters. This trend has picked up rapidly in the last 10 years for colleges to go overseas to recruit. 

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Coach Rose will be heading to Australia later this month to run a weekend long clinic for the Wolves. He hopes to give a great representation of New York basketball while he's out there. 







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THE NHL, CONCUSSIONS & BRAIN INJURY

Daniel Carcillo would take it all back if he could. So much so he'd be willing to have his name erased from the Stanley Cup. The former NHL player now relies on Functional Neurotherapy to rehabilitate himself for his family and livelyhood.

"You can take my name off the Stanley Cup twice over. I can't live like that anymore." Former NHL player Daniel Carcillo would have walked away from hockey if he knew of the damage he was doing to his brain. His focus now is on improving his mental health and helping others avoid a similar fate.

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Off-Season Training For Athletes at Prime Part 1

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The word is out that Lebron James spends 1.5 million dollars on his body. When you’ve made it to 8 straight finals and only missed a handful of games, it seems to be a good investment. This is a good thing for the training industry, but can also make it hard for an athlete to differentiate what is right for them and their sport.  

Lebron has invested in some really cool tools: the Normatec, Hyperbaric chamber, ect. While they all provide improved recovery, Lebron’s secret weapon is his biomechanist: someone who specializes in the science of joint movements and force production. This will ensure for ultimate efficiency, which will dictate his explosiveness, strength, and speed. 

At Prime we are firm believers that micro movement dictates macro movement. Meaning; if we can master efficiency, strength, and stability at proximal (think hip and shoulder) and distal (think ankle and wrist) joints, we can create optimal performance for a macro movement such as a baseball swing or a soccer kick. The approach lies less in what sport the athlete plays and more on the athlete’s musculoskeletal condition; do they have scoliosis, collapsed arches, what’s their hip mobility, head posture, etc.  Such issues can have a major impact on the musculoskeletal’s ability to create efficient, powerful macro movements.  

Prime’s approach to offseason training is to first create as much synergy as possible in the musculoskeletal system by giving a large demand to the muscles involved in micro movements. From there, we continue to reinforce that synergy while building power and muscular endurance. 

If you have any questions about your youth athlete’s offseason training regimen please contact us at 914-732-3130 or concierge@performbyprime.com

 

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Why You Should Incorporate ELDOA Into Your Fitness Routine

Geoff Rose has been working with the ELDOA technique for 5 years now. Popsugar dives in to see what all the buzz is about:

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What is ELDOA?

February 25, 2018 by NANCY EINHART

 I felt so good after taking my first ELDOA class that I immediately wanted it in my life full-time. I felt taller, like I'd been stretched out on a rack, opening up my joints and spacing out my spine.

If your looking to incorporate mobility and injury prevention into your 2018 goals, ELDOA is a great place to start. Developed by French osteopath Guy VOYER (yes, his legal name is in all caps), ELDOA is an acronym from French words, which in English translate to longitudinal osteoarticular decoaptation stretches. "Osteoarticular" means bones and joints, "decoaptation" means opening, and ELDOA is the name of both the method and the postures involved. 

Each posture, or ELDOA, is carefully designed to "create space" within a precise joint or a segment of the spine using myofascial tension and muscle contraction. By creating myofascial tension (tension in the fascia), the ELDOA can affect the tissue, ligaments, nervous tissues, and organs associated with that joint or spinal segment. There are ELDOAs for the spine, shoulders, hips, ribs, and skull. 

Getting into the postures isn't hard, but holding them feels challenging, and precision is important. Scott Herrera, director of the ELDOA program and lead instructor at Legacy Sport and Wellness Center in Dallas, says a common sentiment among first-time ELDOA students is "that's one of the hardest workouts I've ever done and I feel amazing afterward."

Though the French acronym may be intimidating, the method is very accessible. Herrera says everyone can benefit from ELDOA, and he typically groups people into three categories for classes: ELDOA for athletes, ELDOA for wellness and fitness, and ELDOA for people who have pain. While there are some group classes, the original intent of ELDOA was that people would incorporate the postures into their fitness programs or at-home routines. 

I took a group ELDOA class with Emily Morgan, a personal trainer and ELDOA student practitioner in Pensacola, FL. The 45-minute session was a typical ELDOA for wellness class, with a mix of postures each held for 60 seconds. The basic postures were performed sitting, lying down, half-kneeling, or on all fours. The class didn't feel like cardio or strength training — or really like any workout I've done before. The closest thing I can compare it to is yoga, but only because ELDOA involves holding postures; otherwise, the similarities end there. 

The goal of ELDOA isn't to gain flexibility. "When you stretch, you are elongating a muscle, but when you do an ELDOA, you are contracting a muscle," Herrera explains. "ELDOA works with the nervous system, rather than on muscle flexibility." 

For instance, the ELDOA pictured below isn't just "stretch your arms over you head." This posture, called T6-7 or "the desk workers' ELDOA," requires you to align your body so that the head, torso, and pelvis are in a straight line. You reach toward the sky and push upwards as hard as you can while pushing your knees toward the floor and gazing at the floor in front of you, never relaxing for the full 60 seconds. It's harder than it looks!

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What Are the Benefits?

Benefits of ELDOA include better posture, improved joint mechanics, relief from pain, and reduced pressure on the spinal discs, as well as building muscle tone. "After your first 45-minute ELDOA course, you feel this unusual high," says Ashelii Rabelo, a registered holistic nutritionist and the founder and director of Soma Educational Group. "It's as if you've awakened all the senses and parts of your body, like no other time before. It's hard to put into words, but you immediately feel that you've done something different, that you've pushed your body in a very unique way." 

Emily Morgan discovered ELDOA in the Summer of 2017 and was immediately hooked; thanks to her practice, she is pain-free for the first time in years. "I have scoliosis and have had a lot of head trauma," says Morgan, who owns the Hangar of Healing in Pensacola, FL. "I have played soccer at a very high level, as well as women's professional tackle football." Her hip started hurting during her last years of football 14 years ago, and it got so bad that Morgan couldn't even play a few minutes of casual soccer without experiencing pain.

She visited a number of experts, none of whom could diagnose the source of her pain. One doctor diagnosed her with a groin strain; another thought it was a hernia, which led to Morgan having completely unnecessary hernia surgery. "Surgery, MRIs, X-rays, physical therapy, muscle strengthening — nothing helped to keep me from having pain if I played." After starting ELDOA — specifically, postures to open her spine and hip — she can play soccer again without any pain. 

"It was like magic," Morgan says. "Within a few weeks, I was able to play and be pain free! After taking ELDOA, a light bulb went off and I realized that the body is global, and everything is connected: the muscles, fascia, and ligaments are all linked." 

What Are the Origins of ELDOA?

Dr. VOYER started his career as a trainer and later studied medicine with a variety of specializations. He went on to study osteopathic medicine in Europe and completed several doctoral programs. He began studying back pain in the 1970s and, over the course of the next 10 years, developed the ELDOA postures as a way to treat the spine. 

The statistics surrounding back pain are staggering: lower back pain is the single leading cause of disability worldwide, according to the Global Burden of Disease 2010, and Americans spend at least $50 billion a year treating back pain.

However, despite the billions spent on treatment, the statistics have stayed mostly stagnant over the past few decades. The reason, Herrera says, is that "the medical model is designed to treat the symptoms, not the cause." He says it's limiting to treat the spine as a distinct column. A column doesn't move, but the spine does, with 24 mobile vertebrae supported by muscles and fascia.

Over the years, VOYER has taught the postures to hundreds of practitioners, including Herrera in 2003. VOYER recently trademarked the ELDOA teacher training program in the United States, and this November, 23 people were certified as ELDOA trainers. 

Who Should Try ELDOA?

Many of Herrera's ELDOA clients are former and current high-level athletes. "Their bodies are just broken," he says. "After 9 or 10 ELDOA workouts, they feel amazing. It gets them back to where they can do normal training. They pick and choose the ELDOA that have the biggest impact for them and incorporate them into their routines." Herrera works with a lot of people like Emily Morgan who "have tried everything under the sun," as well as people who are treating pain or trying to avoid surgery. 

However, you don't have to be an athlete or experiencing pain to benefit from ELDOA. "Everyone can benefit," says Morgan. "The wear and tear on the spine from sitting, poor posture, injuries, etc., has given most people some sort of disc degeneration (even if they are not in pain). ELDOA can help balance and strengthen the spine and reduce the pressure on the discs to keep you healthy." 

Rabelo, who also trained with Guy VOYER, got seriously into ELDOA after being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease that left her in pain 24 hours a day. She's found relief through a combination of ELDOA and dietary changes. "I used to experience a fiery but numb feeling in my fingers," she says. "The ELDOA postures have helped me with my circulation, bringing down my inflammation, and most importantly, helping me counteract my hours of sitting at my desk working. Like most of us today, sitting at a desk if not something that we can avoid. But practicing ELDOA helps to counter that damage."

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Keeping your body healthy may not sound as sexy as losing weight or gaining booty, and Herrera understands that. "Young people may not see the value because there's not a lot of aesthetic benefits," he says. But ELDOA can be a complement to your workouts — another tool in your well-rounded fitness routine. Herrera sees a lot of trainers taking ELDOA classes to learn more about the body and incorporate ELDOA into their classes or training sessions. Says Herrera: "If every Pilates teacher, yoga teacher, or trainer added one or two ELDOA at the end of their sessions, it would be so much better." As Herrera says, "exercise, then normalize."

That's how Rabelo often uses ELDOA, too. "I typically squeeze in a sequence of postures each night at home, either in my living room or bedroom," she says. "On days that I work out, I do at least two to three ELDOA postures immediately after my workout." 

Interested in Trying ELDOA?

ELDOA is an excellent addition to any workout routine, whether you're dealing with a specific pain or injury or just trying to keep your body healthy. Frankly, it just feels great. 

However, it's important to learn from a certified ELDOA trainer. There isn't much information online, and a lot of what's out there isn't accurate. While there isn't a comprehensive directory of ELDOA trainers in the US, Herrera hopes to create one soon. Until then, try this list or search for personal trainers, Pilates teachers, and other movement instructors in your area who are ELDOA student practitioners or certified trainers.

https://www.popsugar.com/fitness/What-ELDOA-44369213

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MY BROTHER'S KEEPER STUDENT AMBASSADOR PROGRAM 2018

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Another rewarding day with the MBKNewRo Student Ambassador Program! We had a great day with some special young men! 

My Brother’s Keeper New Rochelle (MBKNewRo) is a unique partnership between the City of New Rochelle and the School District and is supported by more than 120 community partners and 100 volunteers. MBKNewRo has launched or implemented more than two dozen events, programs and activities to help students make progress in all six of the Milestones outlined in this cradle-to-career initiative. 

To learn more about MBKNewRo, please visit its website at mbknewro.com or check out the organization’s posts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To volunteer or donate, please write to info@mbknewro.com

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What’s New with Concussion Rehab???

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PRIME's Geoff Rose attended The Hospital of Special Surgery’s Concussion and Controversies convention. The convention had some of the top researchers and rehabilitation practitioners in the country. While there have been major strides in the past few years when it comes to understanding traumatic brain injury there is still a lot of uncertainty out there as there is so little long term research. As Dr. Keene, University of Washington Pathologist, said “There’s more we don’t know, then we do know”. 

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Protocols for post-concussion have stabilized and are becoming more uniform thanks to the collaboration of neurologists at the Berlin Conference in 2017. They have also come to the conclusion that rehab can not continue to be linear. That practitioners of different backgrounds must come together in order to find the proper model. The Collaborative Care Effort has now come forward to combine vestibular, musculoskeletal, exercise, and nutrition to create a comprehensive treatment plan. 

Dr. Shetty presented her work on imaging (think MRI) and how we can track changes of lesions, white vs grey matter, and flow of Cerebral Spinal Fluid. This comes into play with research of rehabilitation to see if changes have been made in specific parts of the brain from the given treatment protocol. NFL sideline Protocols have also become more technical with objective testing via written, verbal, and vestibular testing. The NFL has also dedicated more staff with video technology to spot potential concussions.

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Neurologists, pathologists, and researchers all agree that they are still scratching the surface on rehabilitating concussions. Even though traumatic brain injury has been around since humans have, there is a lag in research. Thanks to specialists around the world the gap is quickly closing. 

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PRIME: A Float Experience

After a brutal day of working hard, decompress with an hour of no gravity, sound or light! The Float Pod imitates the Dead Sea with its high salinity level as you are held weightless. Reset your body and mind today!

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Sports Performance Therapy: Epicondylitis (Tennis/Golfers Elbow)

This is a fix for those suffering from epicondylitis, like hairdressers, carpenters, desk jockeys, golfers, or any one working with their hands. Repetitive motions can strain the muscles and put too much stress on the tendons. This treatment method can provide quick relief for those suffering form what is commonly known as Tennis Elbow.

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THE ELDOA METHOD

The ELDOA Method is the epitome of self-help or what some call “self normalization”. It is a technique that can help reverse the effects of gravity, athletic wear and tear, as well as poor posture. 

The ELDOA method was created by world renowned osteopath, Dr. Guy Voyer. It is a French acronym for Longitudinal Osteo-Articular Decoaptation of the Spine. His technique uses principals of tensegrity, biomechanics, and anatomy to create space at targeted junctions in the spine. These postural exercises use an extremely important connective tissue called “fascia” to fix and put into tension parts of the body in order to create separation at a specific junction in the spine. This creates a chain reaction that pulls moisture, nutrients, and oxygen to the disc in between the junction. This reaction promotes a larger environment for the disc to breathe, better disc positioning, and an increase in hydration levels. These exercises can be used for any junction in the spine; L5-S1, C1-C2, S2-S3,  etc. 

 
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WHAT CAN IT HELP WITH?

  • Normalize Bulging disc
  • Delay Disc Degeneration
  • Improve Posture
  • Reduce Scoliosis
  • Relief of Lower Back and Neck Pain
  • Increase Awareness of Head Posture
  • Improve Muscle Performance
  • Normalize Visceral Function
  • Reduce Stress
  • Improve Recovery Time for Training
  • Increase the Flow of Cerebral Spinal Fluid to the Brain
  • Concussion
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The beauty of ELDOA is that it requires zero equipment and, once mastered, can be performed by the individual. This comes into play as it can help those suffering from mental and physical stress as it has a direct correlation to the autonomic nervous system. All organs have either a ligament or fascial connection to the spine. The better quality the junction related to the organ the better it will function (think adrenal gland, heart function, bladder function, etc). 

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 The ELDOA not only can help relieve pain and stress, but can also help keep sports injuries at bay. The method is currently being used in the training/rehabilitation model for several professional sports teams and is growing more popular in that world every year. The reality is that you don’t have to be an athlete to use the ELDOA. Poor posture has become an epidemic thanks to computers and phones. This technique is one of the best ways to combat this outbreak of poor posture.

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sports performance therapy: High Hamstring Pull

Solving injuries just got easier! Understand the biomechanics, and the injury can be explained. High hamstring pull debunked. This is the non-traditional way of treating a high hamstring pull. Watch and see how I diagnose, treat and explain biomechanics.

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