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The 3D Distinctive

“It gets better for a while, but whenl I get back on the field and I re-injure it. Can you get me back?”

After years of treating and rehabbing injured athletes, I still couldn’t answer that question definitively. There seemed to be a missing component. The traditional paradigm addressed it in part, and would give the “how” in treating symptoms with modalities, protocols, and exercises. However, it didn’t seem to answer the “What” and “Why.” Why does the knee keep getting chewed up? What is the cause behind the injury? The symptoms were being addressed but what about the causes or the compensations?

I recall working on an athlete with a meniscus tear who had all these treatments done to his knee, such as taping, stretching, active-release on the muscles about the knee, ASTYM, knee strengthening exercises, etc. It helped……until he returned to practice and had to cut on the field. Then he would just get flared up all over again. Yes, I was one of the culprits doing it to this guy. What was I missing?

I then had the privilege of working with a podiatrist that had an office right down the hall from the therapy room where I worked. We got to be friends and I would send patients to him that had “flat feet”, knowing that the foot was somehow playing into their knee problems. I learned more details about foot mechanics than my previous training and became proficient in the complexities of the foot. But it stopped at the foot. What about the athlete’s knee? That’s why I sent him to you. How does his foot play into his knee? Can we test to see if the foot is affecting the knee (or hip or core or running or cutting, etc.)?

It was off the chain for me after that. I was determined to step away from traditional methods and develop extensive training in biomechanics and 3D muscle function. I learned how to do functional testing and determine criteria to see if the foot is playing into knee, hip, and even throwing mechanics. I observed that about 20% of knee problems come from biomechanical faults at the foot, and more than 80% have muscle deficits at the hip.

I started to study biomechanical muscle function and what the muscles do when an athlete is cutting on the field or getting across the lane or decelerating to change direction, instead of just applying the non-functional text book definition that has little to do with sport. For instance, what’s the role of the hamstring? So what if someone can leg curl 200lbs if he is slow off the line, or can’t get across the lane explosively or has chronic knee injuries. How can I best enhance the hamstring’s performance without following the conventional model? Hence, 3D Performance Systems…..the ability to get to the causes behind injuries and decreased performance.

But there was more. I have strength coach friends in Norman, Oklahoma who were familiar with how Adrian Peterson was trained when he was at OU. He was doing super human feats. They did great work with him and produced amazing results. Yet, I would work with guys almost as powerful and I would find unnoticed deficits. They were powerful and fast with linear and lateral movements, but had deficits with other movements about the hip. In fact, this was one of the main factors behind their injuries. This is where 3D biomechanical analysis would reveal problems that had previously been overlooked. And further, developing a 3D rehab and training program to address not only linear and lateral movements, but 3D agility and power. It produced results. Athletes and clients with long term injuries and faulty performance were able to get back to their season and improve previous abilities and times.

3D Distinctive

  • 3D Biomechanical Assessment
  • Movement and Sport Simulation Testing (No pre-determined movement screening tests)
  • Threshold Testing: Taking an individual to the threshold, where failure occurs, in order to identify deficits (muscular compensations). Then pinpointing the biomechanics that CAUSE the break down (both quantitative and qualitative).
  • Pre and Post-Testing. All aspects of performance and goals of the athlete will be quantified via the 3D Biomechanical Assessment as well as simulation drills. Standardized tests such as the “40” or L-Drill or Vertical Jump can be tested. However, 3D has developed more comprehensive and rigorous drills to measure and gauge deficits that are not picked up by most standard tests. Additional tests will be created according to the requirements of the athlete’s position and objectives. Again, this is all from a 3D perspective and not just linear/lateral testing.
  • Customization. Through various relationships with specialists in all aspects of performance and technology, a customized strategy will be established; such as customized footwear, 3D video analysis, tailored equipment selection, core cooling technology, to name a few.

Consulting Services

I am driven to find the cause and get players back and I will do whatever it takes to make that happen. This is a short term process and usually ranges from a few days to a few weeks. After the 3D Analysis and identification of the causes and compensations, a 3D agility, strength, eccentric loading, and 3D power PROGRESSION will be developed and implemented. Sometimes 2-a-day sessions may be necessary depending on the athlete’s goals and game or playoff schedule.

  • Michael can come to the athlete and work at any desired location
  • Michael has facilities in Tulsa in which to perform all aspects of the 3D Analysis and subsequent 3D performance systems

“I can usually find the one piece of the puzzle that has been overlooked and it ends up being a significant component in getting the athlete back.”

Michael