Dr. Michael Camporini has experience working with athletes of all different levels and ages as a strength coach at Parabolic Performance in New Jersey and at Northeastern University in Boston. He now resides in Phoenix, Arizona, where he works as a sports physical therapist, treating athletes of all ages from high school to professional. He holds a bachelor’s in exercise science from Springfield College, and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Simmons University. He has completed internships with Resilient Physical Therapy and IFAST, as well as completing a clinical rotation with Bill Hartman.
Justin Moore is the Master Instructor and Head Performance Coach at Parabolic Performance and Rehab in New Jersey. He specializes in helping elite college football players prepare for the NFL Combine and for their Pro Days. Moore played football at Fairleigh Dickinson University, suffering three ACL tears in three seasons. In that period, he developed a love for strength and conditioning and Olympic weightlifting. This led to a career in the sports performance field. Moore graduated from FDU with a bachelor’s degree in communications and a master’s degree in sports administration with a specialization in coaching. While in school, he completed an internship with the strength and conditioning department at Seton Hall University. Justin is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with the NSCA and an expert in Postural Restoration (PRI) Institute principles. PRI is a way of looking at the body from a standpoint of respiration and its impact on joint position.
After experiencing a significant knee injury recently while demonstrating a skipping movement, Justin Moore (who has a long history of heavy strength training) decided to reach out to Dr. Camporini, who helped him create an intervention program. In today’s episode, Justin and Campo talk about the success of this intervention, the issues Justin had from years of too much lifting strain, and how they reclaimed his range of motion and athletic ability. The guests discuss concepts of human function, stretch-shortening cycle dynamics, and compression versus expansion, and they dive into defining what “stiffness” really is in the context of sport skill.
In this podcast, Dr. Michael Camporini, Justin Moore, and Joel Smith discuss:
- What situations might warrant the need to avoid bilateral lifting in a program.
- Range of motion KPIs the pair are looking at for field-based athletes who need to run, jump, and change direction.
- Weightlifting strategies that produce excess stiffness for an athlete, and how stiffness and stretch-shortening action can be specific to athletic action.
- Why being overly “stiff” in a standing vertical jump will negatively impact jump height and resiliency, and topics on being “expanded” vs. “compressed.”