This week’s episode of the Healthy Wealthy and Smart podcast is a must listen if you are interested in learning more about CrossFit. Tune in, with Dr. Rick Daigle and me, to find out what CrossFit is all about and tips for choosing a box that’s right for you. Dr. Daigle is a physical therapist who is passionate about treating athletes and the Founder and President of Medical Minds In Motion which develops high quality continuing education courses for the allied health field.
In this episode, we discuss:
-Do you have to be in great shape to start CrossFit and is CrossFit a great way to get injured?
-Does CrossFit translate into daily movement?
-Must ask questions when shopping around for the perfect box for you
-What you can do to decrease your chance of injury
-And so much more!
If you’re interested in checking out CrossFit, it is important to find a box that challenges you but also modifies the workout of the day when your body is giving you red flags. Dr. Daigle suggests, “Doing things at the level that you are capable of doing it at and understanding regression and progression. And it goes that having a coach that understands regression and progression and understands that everybody is going to move a little bit differently.”
When first starting CrossFit, your box needs to understand your ability level to prevent injury. Dr. Daigle stresses, “You’ve got to earn the right to add load to a movement. You’ve got to kill the movement first, you’ve got to know it, you’ve got to own it without any load. So it’s the good box that will take that philosophy. And the not so good where they just put load on people, that's where injury happens.”
It can be challenging for the CrossFit athlete but always have the humility to accept the feedback from your body. “Listen to your body. If you're body doesn't want you to do something, oh well, then modify it and figure out how you can do a quality movement in a little bit of a different manner. The biggest things for injury prevention is having a good consistent mobility program and listening to your body. Your body will tell you when it's not ready to do something.”
CrossFit can be a great exercise program that incorporates variability and camaraderie. Dr. Daigle is a proponent for CrossFit and states, “It's about getting people moving. We live in a society that doesn't move enough. We live in a society that stays very, very stationary. I think CrossFit is a great avenue to get people moving and get people off their duff doing something different, doing something exciting, and improving quality of life.”
Rick Daigle, PT, DPT, FMT-C, is the Founder and President of Medical Minds In Motion, LLC™. Dr. Daigle is a graduate of Simmons College in Boston and had the opportunity to do an extended externship at Cincinnati Sports Medicine. Dr. Daigle is an active member of the APTA and is a Credentialed APTA Clinical Instructor. His clinical expertise/philosophy is focused around a manual and movement based model. He utilizes assessment tools and techniques such as the SFMA, Trigger Point Dry Needling, Kinesiology Taping and many more.
Dr. Daigle has worked with a variety of types of patients and has consulted with numerous collegiate and professional athletes. He has a special interest in Baseball Players and has studied the mechanics of pitching and how dysfunctional movement causes breakdown, leading to severe injuries.
Dr. Daigle is the creator of “Kinesiology Taping: Movement Assessments & Corrective Exercise Strategies”, seminar series which is meant to expose clinicians to various taping techniques, movement assessments and corrective exercise strategies used to determine what taping techniques are appropriate. He created MMIM with the sole purpose of developing high quality continuing education courses for the allied health field.
If you would like to hear more from Rick, you can follow him on twitter and facebook and be a part of the facebook group Physical Therapy: Practice, Education and Networking for everything rehab related.
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