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Gray Cook Talks Barefoot

Posted by Boston Sports Medicine and Performance Group on Mon, Mar 5, 2012 @ 07:03 AM


In Gray Cook's most recent podcast, he discusses the importance of going without shoes and the benefits that come along with going with less on your feet.


Click HERE to listen to Gray Cook.


For more information on going barefoot and how to implement a barefoot program safely click HERE to visit our web page dedicated to going with less on your feet or purchase BAREFOOT IN BOSTON today - your feet will thank you!


Barefoot in Boston

Topics: Art Horne, barefoot strength training, Barefoot in Boston, barefoot running, Gray Cook

Top Reads from Last Week - BSMPG

Posted by Boston Sports Medicine and Performance Group on Mon, Feb 27, 2012 @ 07:02 AM

Retention of Movement Pattern Changes After a Lower Extremity Injury Prevention Program Is Affected by Program Duration



Massage Therapy Attenuates Inflammatory Signaling After Exercise-Induced Muscle Damage.



Breathing and Low Back Pain: Is there a correlation?




Remember to Save the Date for the BSMPG 2012 Summer Seminar - May 19-20th in Boston MA.

Topics: basketball conference, athletic training conference, boston hockey conference, Barefoot in Boston

Register for the 2012 BSMPG Summer Seminar and Win Prizes!

Posted by Boston Sports Medicine and Performance Group on Mon, Feb 6, 2012 @ 19:02 PM

Who Doesn't Love Free Prizes?

Complete details are now available for the 2012 BSMPG Summer Seminar and this year looks better than ever!  In addition to another world-class speaker list, BSMPG and our sponsors are offering a ridiculous number of prizes.

Prizes: Attendees are automatically registered to win prizes from a number of our sponsors including: Freelap Timing Systems, Zeo Sleep Manager and Perform Better.

Other Raffle Prizes include: Barefoot in Boston by Art Horne and Human Locomotion by Thomas Michaud


Human LocomotionBarefoot in Boston 

 freelap timing system zeo


Attendees who register before April 15th will be placed in a raffle to win a Free Registration pass to the  2013 BSMPG Summer Seminar!


Click HERE for registration and complete details.



Topics: Art Horne, basketball conference, BSMPG, athletic training conference, Craig Liebenson, boston hockey conference, Andrea Hudy, Bruce Williams, Cal Dietz, Bill Knowles, Alan Grodin, Barefoot in Boston, Dr. DiMuro, Dan Boothby

Pain. It's All In The Brain by Professor Lorimer Moseley

Posted by Boston Sports Medicine and Performance Group on Mon, Jan 9, 2012 @ 07:01 AM

Pain. Is it all just in your mind? Professor Lorimer Moseley - University of South Australia 


Watch this video as Professor Lorimer Moseley describes pain, how we perceive it and ultimately how we may better deal with it.



Remember to Save the Date for the BSMPG 2012 Summer Seminar - May 19-20th in Boston MA.


A limited number of seats still remain for our DNS "A" course. Sign up now before the last seat is gone!

Topics: basketball conference, BSMPG, athletic training conference, boston hockey conference, Barefoot in Boston

The Must Have Book for 2012 - Human Locomotion by Thomas Michaud

Posted by Boston Sports Medicine and Performance Group on Fri, Dec 30, 2011 @ 11:12 AM

Tom Michaud


Over the last several years I have been blessed to meet a great number of skilled clinicians and strength coaches from all over the world and most recently was introduced to Tom Michaud (a Boston local) from Craig Liebenson .  At a time where each “answer” to my questioning came with it only more questions, my introduction to Tom and subsequently his book couldn’t have come at a better time.  In his book Human Locomotion, Tom blends his many years of clinical experience with over 1000 references to provide his readers with the most up to date information on matters ranging from Gait, to Structural and Functional Anatomy to Treatment Protocols

While reading Tom’s book I found myself marking many of the pages up with my own treatment notes and “to do’s” for a number of athletes that I am currently working with.    His overview both biomechanics and pathomechanics as they relate to injury and treatment are pragmatic and of benefit for all those involved in the musculoskeletal injury care.


“Given the fact that different researchers come up with such similar outcomes, the concept of the cruciate ligaments determining motion through the crossed 4-bar link system needs to be reevaluated since the axis of tibiofemoral motion is constantly shifting, often passing through the medial femoral condyle (possibly explaining the frequent prevalence of osteoarthritis as this site).  The tilt of the axis forces the medial tibiofemoral joint to behave like a ball and socket while the lateral joint moves with a complex blend of rolling and spinning motions.“ Pg. 48

(Question: Are you evaluating your athletes and patients that present for anterior knee pain for distorted axes of rotation? If so, are you treating this limitation in various degrees of knee motion since the axis of rotation changes?  Like I said… only more questions.  The nice thing about Tom’s book is that he was able to answer many of the questions that I had without any additional questions.)


Equally as impressive as the book, is Tom’s website where you can read a great number of pages from his actual book, including chapter 7 in its entirety, entitled SHOE GEAR.  A strong recommendation for all those working with runners and of course runners themselves!  With only a few months left to train for the Boston Marathon, Tom’s insight into shoe selection and the science behind it will surely have you off on the right step.

Listen to Interview with Tom on


Excerpt from Tom’s Book and Website

In the course of a year, more than 1.9 million runners will fracture at least one bone and approximately 50% will suffer some form of overuse injury that prevents them from running. Despite the widespread prevalence of gait-related injuries, the majority of health care practitioners continue to rely on outdated and ineffective treatment protocols emphasizing passive interventions, such as anti-inflammatory medications and rest.

With more than 1000 references and 530 illustrations, Dr. Michaud’s text on human locomotion presents a logical approach to the examination, assessment, treatment and prevention of gait-related injuries. Beginning with a complete  review of the evolution of bipedality, this textbook goes on to describe the functional anatomy of each joint in the lower extremity, pelvis, and spine. This information is then related to normal and abnormal motions during the gait cycle, providing the most comprehensive description of human locomotion ever published.

Human Locomotion also discusses a wide range of conservative interventions, including a detailed guide to manual therapies, a complete review of every aspect of orthotic intervention, along with illustrated explanations of hundreds of rehabilitative stretches and exercises. The final chapter summarizes state-of-the-art, proven conservative treatment interventions, providing specific protocols for dozens of common gait-related injuries, including Achilles tendinitis, plantar fasciitis, stress fractures and hamstring strains. Whether you are a chiropractor, physical therapist, pedorthist or podiatrist, this text provides practical information that will change the way you practice.


Topics: Barefoot in Boston, Tom Michaud, Human Locomotion

Barefoot in Boston reviews - What the Pro's are saying

Posted by Boston Sports Medicine and Performance Group on Thu, Dec 29, 2011 @ 07:12 AM

See what professional strength coaches are saying about Barefoot in Boston.


"When the foot hits the ground everything changes!  Training your feet without the use of shoes and preparing them, and your entire lower extremity for the rigors demanded in elite sporting events not only makes sense, but is a must for decreasing injury rates while enhancing foot function and performance."


Keke Lyles, Strength & Conditioning Coach

Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA


"Arthur Horne writes a wonderful book to enlighten and enhance athletes & non athletes on the intrinsic nature of how we are and can be through barefoot training. In a short time I was on the last page with more clarity on this subject than before. A quick read that focuses on "what's the next step" to help the reader learn and apply the lessons of this author and researchers that have studied this training method before. Great book to learn and train more toward barefoot in whatever way may be suitable."


Joe Hogarty, Strength & Conditioning Coach

Baltimore Orioles, MLB 


Purchase Barefoot in Boston on Amazon Today. Available in book and kindle editions!




Topics: Art Horne, Barefoot in Boston, barefoot running, barefoot training

Gifts for the Sports Medicine and Strength Professional on your List!

Posted by Boston Sports Medicine and Performance Group on Tue, Nov 22, 2011 @ 07:11 AM



It happens every year, you're stuck trying to decide on a gift for the Sports Medicine or Strength professional on your list. 

Should you give them another lousy water bottle? A new stop watch? How about one of those new fancy fanny packs?




Of course not! Give them the gift that will keep on giving back to them.  Purchase an educational product from BSMPG for the Sports Medicine or Strength professional on your list who is looking to improve their specific skill set.  If your gift list includes an athletic trainer, physical therapist, strength coach or manual therapist, BSMPG has conference videos that will provide hours upon hours of education material that is sure to make even the toughest person on your list happy! (Even the Hulk himself would be happy)

Visit our site for videos and information from Tom Myers, Clare Frank, Charlie Weingroff, and Bill Hartman to name a few. 

Have a Hockey or Basketball fanatic on your list? We have them covered too, with videos from the best college and professional strength coaches and therapist from accross the country!

What about that zanny cousin who is always talking about going barefoot in the gym or running across town with nothing on their feet? Purchase a copy of Barefoot in Boston as a stocking stuff and keep them from getting sidelined with injury.

Need a really impactful gift? Send them to the DNS Course "A" scheduled in Boston March 30-April 1st, 2012.


Happy Holidays from all of us at BSMPG!



Topics: basketball resources, basketball conference, BSMPG, athletic training conference, boston hockey conference, Barefoot in Boston

DNS Course - Boston - Meet the Instructors

Posted by Boston Sports Medicine and Performance Group on Wed, Oct 19, 2011 @ 07:10 AM


Course Instructors - Boston 2012


Clare Frank

Clare C. Frank DPT, MS, OCS, FAAOMPT

Dr. Frank received her physical therapy degree from Northern Illinois University. She completed the Kaiser Permanente Orthopedic Residency program in 1993 while working on her Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy at University of Southern California. She received her post-professional doctorate degree from Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, California 2004. She is a board certified specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy and a fellow in the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy. Her clinical career has been greatly influenced by Shirley Sahrmann PT, PhD, and the Prague School of Manual Medicine faculty, namely, the late Vladimir Janda MD, Karel Lewit MD, and Pavel Kolar PT, PhD.

Dr. Frank practices at a private clinic in Los Angeles, California. She has been instrumental in setting up the Movement Science Fellowship at Kaiser Permanente, Los Angeles. She has served on the medical team for the 2009 World Figure Skating Championships in Los Angeles, as well as the injury prevention team for the Chinese Olympic Teams 2010/11. She currently teaches in the U.S. and internationally and has co-authored “Assessment and Treatment of Muscle Imbalances: The Janda Approach”



DNS course Boston

Marcela Safarova PT, PhD

Dr. Safarova received her physical therapy training and completed her doctoral studies from Charles University. She is the head physiotherapist at Motol Hospital, a large teaching hospital associated with Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. Dr. Safarova specializes in the  rehabilitation of the locomotor system. She is also a certified Vojta therapist and has trained and works with both Professors Pavel Kolar and Karel Lewit. She also serves as an adjunct lecturer for both medical physiotherapy students at the university. She currently serves as an instructor for Professor Kolar’s courses both in Prague and internationally


Click HERE for complete details and additional course information

ATTENTION: This course is limited to 30 seats only! Once seats are filled registration will close.  Sign up before you miss this once in a lifetime learning opportunity.




Topics: basketball conference, basketball training programs, BSMPG, athletic training conference, Craig Liebenson, Charlie Weingroff, Barefoot in Boston, Clare Frank, DNS

Interview with Mark Toomey from

Posted by Boston Sports Medicine and Performance Group on Mon, Oct 10, 2011 @ 06:10 AM



Mark Toomey


This past June Mark Toomey and Dr. John DiMuro presented at the BSMPG summer seminar, "Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants."  Below is a small portion of Mark's most recent interview.


"We presented a paper together at Boston University and Northeastern University in June on fostering collaborative efforts between medical and exercise professionals. We "knuckle draggers" and I'm proud to call myself that, don’t have to play doctor. There are medical professionals who desire a relationship with us as long as we let them know what we're good at. My swim lane is only this wide but it’s this deep. I don’t want to be a doctor, I don’t want to be a healer - that’s a physician's job. But there is a legitimacy that creating a relationship with the medical community can give us."

Continue to read this interview on by clicking HERE

Topics: Art Horne, athletic training conference, athletic training, athletic training books, Mark Toomey, Barefoot in Boston, Dr. DiMuro

Review of Craig Liebenson's 3-DVD Set

Posted by Boston Sports Medicine and Performance Group on Fri, Oct 7, 2011 @ 07:10 AM


Craig Liebenson


This past summer I was honored to be asked to team up with Brijesh Patel and contribute to Craig Liebenson’s upcoming function training text book.  Craig is a health care provider that understands the need for both rehabilitation and serious strength training in order to perform at the highest level while reducing the chance of injury.

In short, Craig “gets it”. 

Recently I was able to watch Craig’s most recent contribution to the health and performance field, his 3-disk DVD set.

Core Stability Training

Functional Performance Training

Flexibility, Yoga Training & Postural Advice DVD

This 3-DVD set is a great addition to all sports medicine libraries as Craig is able to bridge the gap between basic sports medicine rehabilitation exercises all the way to high level training with clear examples and coaching details.  It has been my experience that it is this very gap that so many athletes either reinjure themselves or simply never get out of and thus fail to transition to elite sports performance altogether.  The exercises that Craig outlines can be used in both rehabilitation settings or any high performance training center.

I was particularly impressed with both Craig’s respiration assessment and lower belly breathing exercises, which so many clinicians fail to evaluate and implement during their primary physical exam, along with Craig’s exercise selections and progressions within the Core Stability Training DVD.   Because low back pain is nearly inevitable for all of us, and a certainty among college basketball athletes at some time during their college career, a working knowledge and a mastery of appropriate exercise selection is a paramount.  The exercises outlined in this DVD are a must for all athletes as part of their general physical conditioning prior to low back pain or as part of their comprehensive core strengthening program after an episode of low back pain.

Topics: athletic training conference, Craig Liebenson, Barefoot in Boston, DNS course, Announcements, Core Stability Training, Functional Performance Training, Flexibility, Yoga, Postural Advice