Book Review: Food Rules by Michael Pollan

It’s been a hot minute since my last post and probably for the fact that I’ve recently been reading like a madman more than ever. Could be an addiction, but an entertaining and enlightening one nonetheless. I thought I would share some of what I’ve read with ya’ll.

I recently read a great little book by the name of Food Rules by Michael Pollan. If you’ve heard of Pollan and his work you already know he’s doing a great job exposing the problems of the “Western” diet most of us fall victim to. If you’ve never heard of him, now you have and you better not forget his name. READ ON!!

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6 Qualities of a Professional in the Industry

The following is written by my current coordinator with the Arizona Diamondbacks who has been my most influential mentor entering this industry as a young professional. Both professionally and philosophically, he has shaped me into who I have become as a coach and clinician. Beyond that, I have discovered my true passion for this industry and am motivated to become better every day because of the leadership of the sports medicine staff. Here are the qualities needed to be a sports med professional in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization–one of the best in baseball. How many of the 6 do you possess? 

There is No Substitute for Hard WorkWhen looking at potential employees for our organization there are certain requirements we consider mandatory prior to an interview.  You must have a Bachelor’s degree or higher in a related field (Kinesiology, Exercise Science, etc.), your CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist) through the NSCA (National Strength & Conditioning Association), and CPR/AED certification.  We also put an extremely high value on versatility within our organization.  Although not a requirement, having a feel and some experience with techniques and philosophies such as PRI (Postural Restoration Institute), DNS (Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization), ART (Active Release Techniques) among several others is certainly a plus.  Versatility will allow you to expand your role.  We look for candidates that possess a diverse background of related experience and bring a versatile skill-set (LMT, ATC, PT, etc.).  This will allow you to work both the training room and weight room, allow you to manipulate soft-tissue, and perform treatments in addition to strength and conditioning.  All of this will increase your value as an employee as well as the value you provide to the organization, the sports medicine team, and the players.  Once the prerequisites are in place you can apply for a job as an intern or a full-time strength coach.  Your versatility will be taken into consideration along with certain qualities we look for in employees that are very important to us as a team.  They include… READ ON!!

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Anatomy Review: Pectoralis Minor

The next muscle I chose for the Anatomy review is Pectoralis Minor…

Proximal Attachment (Origin)[1] Distal Attachment (Insertion)[1] Isolated Action[1] Reverse-Pull Action
Outer surface of ribs 3-5 (may be variable) Medial aspect of coracoid process of the scapula
  1. Depresses the scapula
  2. Downwardly rotates the scapula
  3. Assists to protract the scapula from a retracted position
  4. Stabilizes the scapula
With coracoid fixed:

  1. Elevates the rib cage toward the coracoid
  2. Expands rib cage to increase thoracic cavity volume in forced inhalation
Nerve Innervation: Medial Pectoral Nerve (C8-T1) from Medial Cord of Brachial Plexus
Pectoralis Minor

Anterior view of the left shoulder showing the attachments of Pectoralis Minor and its influence on the underlying vascular bundle and brachial plexus.

Related Synergistic Muscles: Assisted by the Pectoralis Major as part of the clavipectoral fascia in depressing the shoulder. Lower fibers of Trapezius also depress the scapula. Technically is assisted in downwardly rotating the scapula by the Levator Scapulae, Rhomboid Major/Minor but is generally not a major player in this action. All 18 muscles (counting both biceps heads) attaching to the scapula can be considered as scapular stabilizers in some way or another depending on the action taking place as the shoulder is such a complex structure. For example, in the act of throwing, the Pectoralis Minor won’t act as a stabilizer but as a protractor yanking the scapula away from the posterior scapular stabilizers such as the Rhomboid group and Lower Trapezius.[1,2]  READ ON!!
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Video Tour of “the Office”

Thought I’d give a little video tour (2min, 45sec) to those interested in seeing the facility we have to work with at our Salt River Fields location at Talking Stick in Scottsdale, AZ. This is obviously where I spend most of my time at work (excluding the Starbucks machine). Not a bad place to call “the Office” I guess. Questions? Comments? Let me know what you think.

Arizona Diamondbacks Minor League Weight Room


Article Review: “Sleeping Giants”

Sleeping Giants,” by Peter KeatingGetting his Z's

I read an article about a month ago on the topic of sleep by Peter Keating of ESPN The Magazine that was rather interesting. In the recent war against banned substances in athletics and the common confusion of which supplements are best, who knew that performance enhancement was a solid night’s sleep away? Maybe some of us did but these are the facts…

It’s a short article but here is my even shorter summary of key findings:

– Stanford Basketball players participating in the research changed their sleeping habits over several weeks to get 10 hours/night and took naps during the day. These players sprinted faster and reported feeling better in practices and games. Amazingly, “Their three-point shooting jumped 9.2 percentage points, and their free throw percentage increased by nine points,” reports Keating. READ ON!!!

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