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The Well Balanced Rollergirl
Movement Systems Physical Therapy
Seattle, WA
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The Well Balanced Rollergirl
"It's not if you get hurt, but when..." is a phrase all rollergirls know. Traumatic injuries occur frequently with roller derby, but if you experience pain with non-contact aspects of the sport, your mechanics may be to blame. This five-part class will help you better understand your anatomy and mechanics, teach you corrective exercises, and prevent overuse syndromes that commonly occur with skating. The core, hip/pelvis, knee, foot, and balance/cross training concepts will all be addressed to make you a more balanced, pain-free athlete.


Sat 6/8 noon - 2: Introductory concepts and the core
Sat 6/15 noon - 2: The well-balanced hip and pelvis
Sat 8/17 noon - 2: The well-balanced knee
Sat 8/24 noon - 2: The well-balanced foot and ankle
Sat 8/31 noon - 2.: The well-balanced rollergirl

Each session with consist of lecture, interactive labs, instruction on taping, and open discussions.

28 max attendees will be allowed per session.  

**When signing up, please make sure you choose the correct date (on left) and correct price for the number of sessions you are purchasing!**

Full Program (Purchase 5 sessions @ $25/session): $125
Partial Program (Purchase 3 sessions @ $30/session): $90
Single Session (Purchase ala carte): $35/session

Sessions will be taught by Jill McVey, Physical Therapist, published author, lecturer, and teacher on "Foundations in Movement System Balance" for fitness industry professionals, and roller derby athletes. Sessions take place at Movement Systems Physical Therapy (http://www.movementsystemspt.com/index.shtml).

Program Outline:

Session 1: Introductory concepts and the core
June 8, 2013

After taking this class, you'll:
1.Know what soft tissues that primarily constitute the lumbopelvic core
2. Demonstrate correct recruitment of the core muscles based on task demands
3.Perform at least one corrective exercise for the inner and outer core while monitoring your own mechanics.

Session 2: The well-balanced hip and pelvis
June 15, 2013

After taking this class, you'll be able to:
1. See why or how knee pain is driven from the hip
2. Name the basic muscle groups involved in hip (and knee) control
3. Differentiate between a "tight" and a "short" muscle, thereby better guiding a stretching routine as well as prevent hip syndromes
4. Articulate how SI and local hip pain occur via faulty mechanics
5. Demonstrate proficiency in taping the knee to help reduce hip pain

Session 3: The well-balanced knee
August 17, 2013

After taking this class, you'll be able to:
1. Name specific knee structures that are often injured as a result of poor skating mechanics
2. Appropriately assess knee alignment as part of posture or movement, and identify key impairments that may contribute to pain/dysfunction/injury
3. Demonstrate correct self-assessment of double and single limb squat mechanics as a method to decrease risk of non-contact skating injuries
4. Demonstrate proficiency in taping the kneecap to reduce patellar pain

Session 4: The well-balanced foot and ankle
August 24, 2013

After taking this class, you'll be able to:
1. Identify key regions of the foot and ankle to enable good stability and function while skating
2. Articulate how the foot and ankle can contribute to knee/hip pain and dysfunction
3. Demonstrate corrective exercises to strengthen the foot and prevent toe deformity
4. Assess over the counter inserts relative to their foot type
5. Demonstrate proficiency in taping the first toe to reduce the incidence and pain of a "bunion."

Session 5: The well-balanced roller derby athlete
August 31, 2013

After taking this class, you'll be able to:
1. Identify correct alignment and muscle strategies with one-legged balance
2. Articulate appropriate cross-training strategies for roller derby
3. Articulate key mechanics and goals for plyometric training
4. Improve performance and recovery by articulating appropriate current nutrition and hydration principles
5. Articulate specific methods to improve motor learning via mental rehearsal and refined imagery.

Testimonials from previous sessions:

"This is what every derby girl needs...whether you're new to this exciting sport, or a veteran looking for ways to make your training more efficient and prevent injuries. Jill's expertise crosses athletic training, physical therapy, and sports psychology. She is an enthusiastic and fun presenter! After attending Jill's presentations, I was able to develop a much more streamlined core exercise routine that I could implement immediately." - Kathryn Zwack, Vice-President, PFM Roller Derby

"Extending your skating career means more than running laps and doing more squats - Jill breaks body management down in a way that is derby functional, interesting and awesome." - Patience Shelhorn, Grave Danger/Rat City All Stars


Movement Systems Physical Therapy (View)
3221 Eastlake Ave E, Suite 110
Seattle, WA 98102
United States




Owner: Rat City Roller Derby, LLC
On BPT Since: Feb 23, 2005
Rat City Rollergirls

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