LT 099 | Dr. Stuart McGill & Brian Carroll – The Gift of Injury

Subscribe & Review on : Apple Podcasts | Stitcher

This week’s podcast features two return guests: Dr. Stuart McGill and Brian Carroll.

Dr. Stuart M. McGill is a professor emeritus of the University of Waterloo, where he was a professor for 32 years. His laboratory and experimental research clinic investigated issues related to the causal mechanisms of back pain, how to rehabilitate back-pained people and enhance both injury resilience and performance.

Brian Carroll is world class powerlifter with over a decade of elite class lifting under his belt. Coming back from a devastating back injury in 2012 that broke multiple bones and that most experts said he would never recover from, Brian returned to world class form and was able to establish a new world record for the squat at 1185 pounds all after his back injury.

This interview tells the story of Brian’s injury and his journey back to health and elite performance with the help of Dr. McGill.

Here are 3 things you will learn from this interview:

  • The importance of being an athlete 24/7
  • What’s one piece of advice you both would give to our youth to better prepare them to strength train?
  • The value of assistance work

If you are interested in purchasing a copy of Gift of Injury you can find it on, and and I will also include those links in the show notes.

Interview Topics and Questions:

Brian and Dr. McGill

  • Who came up with the title “The Gift of Injury” and what’s the meaning for each of you behind this title?
  • What does being an athlete 24/7 mean?
  • What’s one piece of advice you both would give to our youth to better prepare them to strength train?
  • Regardless of sport, why is it important to only compete at competitions a few times a year?
  • What do we need to do to change the mindset of chasing reps and adding weight? This is not a mindset that athletes intuitively possess.
  • What does it mean to “Practice the way we plan to compete.” and to “approach every lift with intent and meaning”.
  • The value and importance of assistance work. What do you look for when coaching an athlete and how to select the appropriate exercise.
  • Your decision to retire and over the next several years lower your body weight.
Dr. McGill
  • Why “knee to chest” stretches and rolling around | use of a foam roller are not good for the back or performance?
  • How the Big Three provides a stiffening, bracing effect for several hours after performing them reduces micro movements.
  • Bone callousing: quick explanation of theory and how this was a key part of Brian’s rehab

Show Notes: