2018 National Conference

Kelly Starrett

Are We Part of the Problem? Reducing Movement Compensation Patterns in the Training Session

The golden training hour is a miracle of human interaction. The modern trainer has to be equal part coach, programmer, cheerleader, camp councilor, friend, nutritionist, and confidant. However, in the quest to create functional and fit clients, we too often see that people are moving in unsustainable and mechanically poor positions. Nearly universal industry increases in the use of intensity, load, metabolic demand, volume, speed, and novelty have moved the need to limit the reinforcement of movement compensation to the front of the modern coach's problem list. The coach/trainer must be able to identify, anticipate, and limit their athlete's compensation strategies. As movement professionals, our training sessions cannot reinforce and contribute to movement related dysfunctions down the road. This lecture/breakout will give the participant practical tools to address and limit compensation patterning in their clientele.

Dr. Kelly Starrett, DPT, is the author of the New York Times bestseller Becoming a Supple Leopard, which has revolutionized how coaches, athletes, and everyday humans approach movement and athletic performance. It is also the recommended supplemental reading for the Movement & Mobility 101 course. Dr. Starrett is a co-founder of San Francisco CrossFit and MobilityWOD.com, where he shares his innovative approach to movement, mechanics, and mobility with coaches and athletes. He travels around the world teaching his wildly popular Movement & Mobility Course and works with elite Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard forces; athletes from the NFL, NBA, NHL, and MLB; and national and world-ranked strength and power athletes. He consults with Olympic teams and universities and is a featured speaker at strength and conditioning conferences worldwide. Dr. Starrett's work is not limited to coaches and athletes; his methods apply equally well to children, desk jockeys, and anyone dealing with injury and chronic pain. He believes that every human being should know how to move and be able to perform basic maintenance on themselves