The Elbow: Hinge Reaction

presented by Gary Gray

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Whether you are typing at a key board or driving a car, swinging a tennis racquet or throwing a ball, so much of our life involves the function of our elbow. In this edition of the Functional Video Digest Series with physical therapist Gary Gray, we take a look at the elbow. Through this issue, Gary explains the many similarities of the elbow to the knee, as well as many of their differences. He also explains how the elbow relates to the wrist, the shoulder, the trunk, and the pelvis. In this issue the elbow is evaluated and analyzed in order to understand how important it is to more than just the functioning of the upper extremities. Gary Gray looks at how to keep the elbow healthy and how to keep it, well…functional.

Meet Your Instructor

  • Gary Gray, PT

    Gary Gray PT is the originator and developer of many nationally acclaimed educational programs, including the “Chain Reaction” series of seminars. He is the recipient of the prestigious 2002 John Maley Award which recognizes an individual for innovation in physical therapy. Referred to as “Father of Function” and the leading pioneer and authority in rehabilitation and training, Gary is a respected physical therapist, trainer, educator, author, coach and successful inventor. He has transformed his functional and biomechanical understanding of the body into the most effective performance-enhancement, injury prevention, and rehabilitative applications. Gary’s passion for education and sharing, along with his innovation and desire, allows him to translate the complexities of human function into simple and effective techniques. Gary’s goal is to enhance the lives of professionals and the lives of those they treat and train.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. Elbow Functional Understanding

    1. Elbow Functional Understanding

    Explain how the elbow is an integral part of the Chain Reaction in all three planes of motion. Understand that training and conditioning is consistent with what we would do in rehabilitation. Fully understand elbow function and elbow dysfunction we have to know what is going on with the rest of the body.

  2. Elbow Functional Analysis

    2. Elbow Functional Analysis

    Define the Chain ReactionTM description of how the “varus knee” reaction to the loading of the hip could possibly influence the entire Chain ReactionTM and ultimately the elbow. Identify how the elbow gets loaded by the “intention of our task”. Explain why we have to functionally know and understand how the big toe relates to the elbow. Identify how the elbow takes a tremendous amount of stress off the shoulder when functioning properly.

  3. Elbow Analysis Debrief

    3. Elbow Analysis Debrief

    Understand feeding the “other side” of the painful plane, then to the other planes, and finally to the painful plane of motion as a treatment strategy. Explain in function, how the power should not come from “close to the elbow”. Describe how Pump & Praise provides a multitude of opportunities to experience function. Explain how elbow exercises should look like total body exercises, progressing to integrated isolation which logically takes away friends of the elbow.

  4. Elbow Functional Training

    4. Elbow Functional Training

    Explain how if the elbow gets out of sync in the Chain Reaction the opposite effect occurs. Identify how in golf as in most other activities, the elbow is a transmitter of force. Describe how the foot reacts to the ground, and how the hand reacts mostly to intention.