Podcast #21: PRI for Meatheads with Kyle Dobbs


“If you’re not able to internally/externally rotate your femurs, pronate and supinate a foot… a lot of that load is gonna go to the actual knee.”

More stacked ribcage/pelvis and better respiration mechanics caused:

  • Different muscular integration and
  • Change to how joints move (potentially take pressure off of them)

“I look at PRI as increasing an athlete’s aerobic function.”

“Anterior pelvic tilts… a strategy that humans self-organize to express power and velocity.. and that’s an anaerobic strategy.”

Performance vs. Health continuum: An extended pattern “decreases your aerobic capacity, but it increases your power output.”

What we want to do: “Get that ribcage back in space over the pelvis” because:

  • more abdominal integration
  • allow the diaphragm to orientate with the pelvic floor (unconscious internal pressure management)
  • get more movement out of your scaps
  • better internal/external rotation of the femurs

We’re trying to get a more neutral pelvis and ribcage stacked on top of one another for “better respiration and movement mechanics during both static posture and walking and running gait mechanics.”

“You’re never gonna see somebody do a max effort vertical leap with a neutral ribcage.”

If someone is stuck in an extended pattern, “you are going to get concentric orientation of lower back erectors, paraspinals, hip flexors, quads, calves… which might lead to discomfort along the way.”

“soft tissue issues… usually the inability to stabilize that joint”

“if you’re not getting movement variability/muscular integration, a lot of the force… is going to go to the actual soft tissue.”

“If you’ve got an anterior pelvic tilt and you’re not able to get both internal/external rotation of the femurs, you’re going to put more pressure on the actual knee joint.”

“Typically, soft tissue issues come with the inability to move bones.”

Belly Lungs

Belly breathing: “You don’t have lungs in your belly” “When people aren’t able to move a ribcage and expand/contract, they end up offsetting that pressure management into their stomach and trying to breathe there.” “Not going to be the most efficient way for you to breathe.”

Ribcage: “Just a ton of joints” Spine, all the ribs, sternum, xyphoid process, “all of those bones are meant to move to allow your actual lungs to expand and compress through inhalation/exhalation cycles.”

“Really good straight line speed and ability to jump but they don’t decelerate well and they don’t change directions well… athletes in a more extended pattern.”

Getting out of an extended pattern in ISOs:

  • keep a more neutral pelvis
  • in-line to match gait mechanics
    • more adductors and glute medius
  • elevate a heel to get a better reference point

“You’re going to be in a constant threat response if you can’t move a ribcage.”

Drive volume and capacity with PRI-based interventions.

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