LT 012 | Dr. Stuart McGill – Spine Hygiene for Rowers

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We’re back with Episode 012 of the LEO Training Podcast. I have a very special guest for  you in this episode, Dr. Stuart McGill. Today’s interview will focus on spine hygiene for rowers but first let me tell you a little bit more about Dr. McGill.

Dr. Stuart McGill is a Professor of Spine Biomechanics at the University of Waterloo. Dr. McGill is the author of over 400 scientific publications and 3 textbooks that address issues such as, lumbar spine function and injury mechanisms, patient assessment, corrective exercise prescription, and performance training. Dr. McGill consults for many medical management groups, governments, corporations, legal firms, and elite sports teams and athletes from around the world and has won numerous awards, including the Volvo Bioengineering Award for Low Back Pain Research. Dr. McGill is one of the few scientists who are regularly referred challenging patients for consult from around the world.

Here’s what you will learn in this episode:

  • How Dr. McGill began his career in spine biomechanics
  • The different phases of the rowing stroke and impact on lumbar spine
  • Why people have different styles in rowing
  • Spine Hygiene for Rowers
  • Training for Rowers that will contribute to a larger tolerable volume
  • Crossover and takeaways from other sports such as fighting and MMA that can be applied to strength training in rowing
  • Pavel Tsatstouline and StrongFirst
  • Mel Siff
  • What Dr. McGill does for training
  • and more!

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University of Waterloo Spine Biomechanics Laboratory

Dr. McGill’s 3 textbooks are Low Back Disorders: Evidence Based Prevention and Rehabilitation, Ultimate Back Fitness and Performance and his newest book is Back Mechanic. If you are interested in Dr. McGill’s work but unsure of which book to begin with let me take a moment to tell you a little about each one.

The first book, “Low Back Disorders: Evidence Based Prevention and Rehabilitation” was written for clinicians to guide their decision process when prescribing prevention and rehabilitation approaches.

Low Back Disorders

Low Back Disorders

The second textbook, “Ultimate Back Fitness and Performance” was written for trainers, coaches, athletes, and those interested in enhancing performance of their back while minimizing any loss of resilience.

Ultimate Back Fitness and Performance

Ultimate Back Fitness and Performance

Dr. McGill has completed the knowledge transfer process with his 3rd and newest book, “Back Mechanic” which targeted the lay public with back pain. “Back Mechanic” is a step-by-step guide to empower the reader to become their own best advocate to get rid of their pain. Rich illustrations guide the process. This book is about learning your unique pain triggers and how to avoid them, as well as a comprehensive guide to each set of corrective exercises that will adjust your movement patterns and build your tolerance and strength.

Back Mechanic

Back Mechanic

I highly recommend all of Dr. McGill’s work and currently own both Ultimate Back Fitness and Performance and Back Mechanic. Dr. McGill’s methods have helped me with my athletes and clients to build better performance and injury resilience.