LT 042 | The Movement Maestro – Dr. C. Shante Cofield

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C. Shante Cofield grew up in Summit, New Jersey, where she was a 4-year varsity athlete, playing soccer, basketball, and lacrosse. During her sophomore year of high school, Shante tore her ACL, MCL, and meniscus, thus introducing her to the world of physical therapy. Shante successfully rehabilitated her knee and went on to play four years of Division I collegiate soccer at Georgetown University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Health Science.

Wishing to combine her passion for movement and health into a career, Shante continued her educational pursuits at New York University, graduating with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) and earning her certification as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). Shante used her time at NYU to focus on sports medicine and orthopedic rehabilitation and further developed her orthopedic skills via numerous continuing education courses, later becoming a certified Functional Movement Screen (FMS) provider and Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) provider. Always thirsty for knowledge, Shante then went on to become a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS), demonstrating advanced clinical reasoning, skills, and experience. With a strong clinical foundation, Shante then began looking for ways to better round out her skill set, delving into the world of sports performance. Shante earned her Crossfit Level I Trainer Certification (CF-L1), along with the title of Certified RockDoc after successfully completely both Functional Movement Taping I and II (FMT I, II).

In 2011, Shante expanded her skill set and underwent extensive one-on-one training from private practice owner and pelvic floor specialist, Ann Duffy, MPT. With a desire to be able to treat the entire human body, Shante received training in the treatment of the multitude of female and male pelvic floor pathologies, including but not limited to incontinence, gastrointestinal dysfunction, and pain with intercourse.

A firm believer in the mantra of practicing what one preaches, Shante maintains an active lifestyle as an avid runner and fitness enthusiast. She has completed 2 marathons, is an experienced rock climber, and is a member of CrossFit718.

With her unique skill-set, Shante has experience treating individuals of all ages and levels of functionality, be it the post-partum mother with pelvic floor dysfunction or the elite athlete hoping to set a personal record.


Some great post from Instagram of working on hip and ankle end ranges.

More hip rehab. Continuing to work on that bottom of the squat position which seems to be one of the last remaining uncomfortable positions for my hip. Doing it unilaterally so that I can’t cheat with the other leg, and really trying to focus not only on mobility, but on strength and muscle recruitment. A few weeks back I showed this same drill, but from a standing position. I would consider this current video a progression, as it places increased demands through the working leg, allows for less assistance from the opposite leg, and has increased mobility requirements. Regarding the trailing let, pointing your toes and placing the top part of your foot on the ground increases the difficulty of this drill. This side view also provides a nice visual of the amount of ankle dorsiflexion that’s required to get into the bottom of the squat. I’m just hanging out in the bottom position, but this drill could absolutely be performed throughout the full range, completing the movement by standing all the way up. Remember, if you can’t squat down work on stepping up. Like it? Repost it. Don’t understand it? Hit me up and get #Maestrofied. ——————————————– Be sure to follow The Movement Maestro on FB, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube for all things #movement and #mobility related. Come move with the Maestro.

A video posted by C. Shante Cofield DPT OCS CSCS (@themovementmaestro) on


Daily Maestroism!

DM # 148: I already know that this DM isn’t going to get as many likes as it deserves. But I’m ok with it! Came up with this one after a looooong talk with my dude @biomechanicaldetective, and I must say, I’m really happy with it. One of the things that we discuss during our @RockTape courses, is moving folks from subconscious dysfunction all the way to subconscious function. Subconscious function is where we all live, unaware of our compensations and imbalances. From here we when we become aware of these faults, we move into conscious dysfunction. Next, when we look to correct the faults, we are in a state of conscious function. Subconscious function is that state in which things just look effortless, you don’t have to think to do something, and the movement pattern is truly owned. As @drmarkcheng says “when a movement pattern is truly owned, there is no sign of strain.” One of the reasons that rehabbing an injury or learning a new movement pattern is so hard, is that we are consciously trying to produce and create movement. However, when we do things like running, jumping, landing, what’s in fact happening is our muscles are CONTROLLING the motion. Our tissues are preventing rotation, preventing buckling at the knee, preventing jack-knifing at the hip. Ask the body to work the other way around and things start to look a bit like Mr. Roboto. This is also one of the reasons that RNT (reactive neuromuscular training) works so well. Easiest example: using a band around your knees to help prevent knee valgus (inward collapse) with squatting. This technique allows us to think less about actively producing a movement, and instead reflexively prevent the motion that the band/tool is trying to impart, aka CONTROLLING the motion and reacting to forces. Conscious functionality will NEVER be as good, as effortless, as fluid, as beautiful as subconscious functionality. Remember, bones move, joints “feel”, and muscles react. Acting, vs, reacting. The difference between first and second place is as simple as ‘re’. 😜 Daily Maestroisms dropping every night at 7pm PST. Get yours. Like it? Repost it. Don't understand it? Hit me up and get #Maestrofied.

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Here’s what you will learn in this episode:

  • Shante’s background and journey from soccer to PT School
  • Her approach to physical therapy and treatment
  • Who’s influenced her
  • RockTape and why it’s NOT just a taping seminar, it’s a movement seminar!
  • Why the area that hurts is rarely the dysfunctional one
  • Regional Interdependence and Regional Independence
  • FRC, Joint by Joint Approach
  • Passive vs. Active Range of Motion
  • Using tension in a parasympathetic state
  • Ankle and Foot Biomechanics
  • Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
  • Why you must impart stability concurrently with mobility for long term adaptation
  • and much more

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