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Stuart McGill: Building the Ultimate Back (McGill 1+2)

June 1, 2018 @ 9:00 am - June 3, 2018 @ 5:00 pm

Stuart McGill Building the Ultimate Back

McGill 3-Day Course!

McGill 1 + 2 Certification

Due to the popularity of the course, limited spaces will be available!

Building the Ultimate Back

Course Objective

Update delegates on the most recent developments in clinical biomechanics of the lumbar spine – how it works and becomes injured. Provide guidance in the application of this foundation of knowledge to the clinic, workplace, rehabilitation centre, and training facility. Enhance skill and technique in client assessment and corrective/therapeutic or performance-enhancing exercise prescription. Empower you with the knowledge to reduce the risk of injury, optimize health outcomes, and enhance performance of your patients and clients.

Course information

Building the foundation reviews and builds on the scientific foundation of lumbar spine function and mechanisms of injury, which enables you to parse science from myth. Anatomical, biomechanical, and motor control perspectives are provided to support an evidence-informed clinical approach. The postures, movements, and loads of the lumbar spine that cause pain and injury, and make them worse, are key components discussed.
Interpreting patient presentation enhances your ability to identify aberrant movement patterns and accurately interpret provocative tests by considering the foundational perspectives.
Preventing and rehabilitating low back disorders integrates the elements of the scientific foundation and patient presentation into practical clinical tools. These clinical strategies will optimize rehabilitation programs – introducing ways to remove the cause of back pain and progressions of corrective exercise therapies. Spine loads, muscle activation patterns, and spine stability influence these low back pain prevention and rehabilitation techniques.
Training and performance. After establishing optimal movement patterns, advanced progressions from stability to endurance to strength, speed, power, and agility are provided from Dr. McGill’s work with professional athletes.
The science of spine stability. Graded stabilization exercise will be developed and workshopped. Special issues regarding abdominal “hollowing” and “bracing”, together with several muscle activation patterns will be discussed.


Course Objective

Update delegates on the most recent developments in assessment of low back disorders, including the most challenging cases. Create linkages from assessment findings to corrective and therapeutic exercises and drills. Provide practice and technique development with workshops throughout each day.

Course information

Restoring a painful back begins with a detailed assessment. Dr. Stuart McGill demonstrates and teaches pain provocation through mechanical and neurological approaches to reveal the cause of pain. The algorithm is based on branching logic. Delegates will hone their manual skills, together with clinical reasoning skills, work-shopping tests both on and off the exam table. This forms the foundation for teaching the patient what to avoid; followed by progressions of corrective exercise. The second stage begins when pain is controlled, and the objectives shift to enhancing function and performance. This process will be taught through patient/athlete case studies.

1: The Foundation. Movement assessments and screens; Anatomy and mechanisms of function, injury, and pain; Medical images (MR, CT, U/S); Differential diagnosis
2: The Assessment. Assessment forms; Provocative tests, Movement tests; Support material
3: Interpreting the signs and special cases. Spinal shock; Neural response; Neural traps; Fibromyalgia; Scoliosis; Stenosis; Assessment of complex cases.


June 1, 2018 @ 9:00 am
June 3, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Event Category:


Designed 2 Move


Type of event
Continuing Education, Technique


Van der Valk Hotel Hilversum – de Witte Bergen
Rijksweg 2
Eemnes, 3755 MV Netherlands
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