What is the biggest difference in injury or rehab that you see from your “elite” athletes versus your everyday athlete/patient?
The biggest difference is in the compliance of the patient. If I tell an elite athlete they will get better by standing on their head in the corner, you better believe they will do it. General population patients have a much greater variation in compliance. Everyone wants to be better but not everyone is willing to do the work to get better. There is irony in it really, I would imagine everyone wants to be an elite athlete too.
What is your advice to the athlete’s who try “Self Treatment” especially from YouTube. Google, Etc before seeing a healthcare professional?
This is actually what started my “Why Mobility” seminar. There are so many great resources out there that explain the “how” but it is essential that an athlete knows “why” they are treating the area they have chosen. My advice is simple learn the “why” before you ever attempt the “how.” Additional info about my course can be found by contacting me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do you manage athletes who present with significant injuries but also need to maintain a higher level of fitness/endurance?
There is no real cut and dry answer for this one. To be honest it all depends. The short and sweet answer is modification of activity, duration, and/or intensity. For example, if an athlete tears their achilles, I focus on upper extremity exercises combined with non-weight bearing exercises and gradual progress them to normal actives as they heal. Any workout can be tailored around an injury.
With all the recent talk from the Crossfit Games in terms of athlete safety, what do you think is the biggest opportunity for Crossfit to help protect their athletes in the future from serious injury/risk (ie Dehydration, Thermal Burns, etc)
There is serious risk in all completion at that level. It is such a fine line that Crossfit has to dance. It’s a lot easier to test the limits of a go-cart than a Lamborghini. This is one I side against the grain on. It’s not Crossfit’s job to make sure the contestants are preparing correctly, it’s their coaches. No one knocks on the door of a marathoner the night before to check they are properly hydrating. All Crossfit can do is supply the proper avenues for the injured athletes to seek help, and I think they do that.
What is the biggest mistake you see younger or less experienced clinicians make when trying to manage higher level athletes?
There are two I see actually. Often, I see young clinicians trying to make up these unique abstract things/procedures that no one has ever seen before. I understand it. I made similar mistakes when beginning in my field. You want to make yourself standout and be memorable. You learn quickly though that quality is the unique factor and you don’t have to re-invent the wheel. More common, I see clinicians assume elite athletes are beyond basic protocols. They jump to advanced rehabilitative maneuvers before accessing their proficiency on the basics. An example would be assigning squats on an unstable surface without first checking an athletes bridging ability. Moral of the story is often times elite athletes are just as functionally inept as everyone else. They are just extremely good compensators which hides their faults.
What are you doing to get better right now? What is driving you?
I would have to say my website is the largest driving factor in life at the time. It forces me to continually learn as I spread knowledge to the rest of the functional fitness community. If I don’t have a good grasp on the concept I am trying to post about it makes it just about impossible to relay the information. This is actually a great problem to have because it keeps me on my toes and constantly learning. Everyday should be a learning day!
Is there a daily routine or mentor that you would credit most to your current success?
I don’t have a specific daily routine. I think routines are boring and monotonous. They’re just not for me. But I do have a motto and its one word….. consistency. If you want to be successful in anything …. anything at all. You must do it consistently. There is no exception to that rule….
About the Author
Dr. Tim Simansky
Tim Simansky has a Doctorate of Chiropractic, is a Diplomat of the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians, and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, as well as a Certified CrossFit Trainer
Dr. Tim understands Crossfit injuries, because he is a CrossFitter. He served on the medical staffs of both the CrossFit Regions and CrossFit Games.
He specializes in functional diagnosis and uses conservative management for your sports injuries. What does this mean? It means he dissects your movements into simple pieces. Identifies limitations or faults, and uses an array of soft tissue techniques, mobilizations, and rehabilitation techniques to alleviate your symptoms.
Dr. Tim’s motto is “Optimize Function to Optimize Performance.”
Who is Tim Simansky… Dr. Tim Simansky is The WODDoc.™