Assessment of the lymphatic system includes an evaluation of lymph nodes at different points throughout the body. The body has tons of lymph nodes starting from the head, down the neck, trunk, arms, legs, and feet. Lymph nodes are checked for size, consistency, and tenderness. When lymph nodes start to show any swelling or tenderness, that gives an obvious sign of inflammation.
Why and When should you use Lymphatic Assessment?
A Lymphatic assessment is a great resource for those who have chronic pain or trying to improve overall health and performance. The lymphatic assessment helps determine which lymph nodes are the most tender, swollen, and built up with inflammation.
The lymphatic system acts as the body’s sewage system. It balances the level of fluids in our body but when certain lymph nodes are “backed up” and not flushing properly, levels of inflammation increase. Infinity Sports Institute provides lymphatic assessment during our Full Functional Evaluation. The assessment further helps us pinpoint areas of inflammation allowing us to develop a better plan for those that take part of the High-Performance Pain Management program.
The lymphatic system is an essential component to get your body functioning at an optimal level. A dysfunctional lymphatic system really hinders the body’s immune system and its ability to transport fluid throughout the body. Having the assessment as part of our Full Functional Evaluation and using the proper techniques to manipulate the lymphatic system has really enhanced our client’s performance, recovery, and overall well-being.
If you have been having chronic pain, our High-Performance Pain Management program is for you! Call us today at 786-591-7586 to schedule your Full Functional Evaluation.
The Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) is a series of movements that help evaluate and locate the cause of pain. The assessment includes 7 different movements designed to assess basic everyday patterns of movement such as bending, reaching, and squatting in those with known muscle and joint pain.
The SFMA is a diagnostic tool which helps find the cause of pain, rather than looking at just the source. When someone has knee pain, they typically try to figure out what’s wrong with the knee when the cause of pain could be coming from elsewhere such as instability of the hip, ankle mobility, and plenty of other underlying reasons. By reasonably evaluating poor movement patterns in a structured, yet simple assessment you can provide more appropriate exercises for an individual.
Why and When would you use the SFMA?
The SFMA is a pre-participation tool specifically for those dealing with musculoskeletal pain. The SFMA is commonly used as an additional tool to assess movement before creating an exercise or training program for a specific individual. When an individual has known musculoskeletal pain, the SFMA is typically used in place of other movement assessments.
A better alternative to the SFMA
For someone moving in pain, the SFMA is a great tool used to develop a plan of treatment and training. At Infinity Sports Institute, we no longer use the SFMA as part of the full evaluation to used to assess any pain through movement. In our Sports Science lab, we have a Dari-Motion System that can replace the traditional SFMA.
The Dari gives us more efficiency when it comes to collecting quantitative data. With the markerless cameras, the system automatically captures a person’s movements and provides accurate data points and reliable analysis. It also saves a lot of time when assessing the same or similar movement patterns. Without the Dari, the SFMA is still a valuable resource for professionals to use.
However, the Dari-Motion System isn’t largely accessible to the general population. It’s why at Infinity Sports Institute, we strive to make the best technology more accessible and the reason our Sports science lab is open to the public. Call to schedule your assessment now!
Dynamic Contraction Technique (DCT) is a methodology that uses eccentric muscle contractions to breakdown scar tissue. Scar tissue is abnormal unions of connective tissue in the body that form after trauma and can affect skin, muscles, ligaments and tendons. Nic Bartolotta developed the technique based on the idea of muscle tension and strategies to reduce knots within the muscles. The goal of the DCT methodology is to reestablish muscle function and improve flexibility through lengthening the active muscle under a load which is called an eccentric muscle contraction. The idea is that the eccentric contraction helps pull apart some of those muscle fibers that become knotted together creating a “tight” muscle. DCT incorporates a balance of resistance stretching and strength training that combines principles from modalities across the world in order to improve performance, reduce injury risk, and improve quality of life conditions by establishing better muscle function and reducing chronic discomfort from tight muscles.
Why and When would you use DCT?
DCT can be used for anyone. Infinity Sports Institute will apply DCT techniques on a case by case basis following a consultation and/or an evaluation. The techniques are used routinely to address injuries and for developing performance programs based on the individual’s goal. The idea of DCT simply put is to strengthen the weak tissues and expand the strong tissue. This happens by doing an eccentric muscle contraction, or by placing a load on a muscle that is being stretched and lengthened. An example of an eccentric contraction would be instead of performing a normal biceps curl up towards their chest, they slowly resist against the weight as it lowers back down away from their chest.
Practitioners and clients using DCT’s methods are able to improve stability in the body, by improving movement and how the body is able to handle wear and tear. DCT’s methodology is a great resource to utilize when applied appropriately and correctly. If you have been having mobility issues and feeling tons of different knots then DCT might be for you.
Call Infinity Sports Institute now at (786)591-7586 to schedule a consultation or full functional evaluation with a professional to see if DCT techniques can help you!
Biomechanics play an important role in health, wellness, workplace health and safety, performance and research of the body. You might be asking, what are “biomechanics”? Well, biomechanics is the study of the mechanical laws relating to the movement or structure of living organisms.
As an active individual whether you’re an athlete, weekend warrior, fitness enthusiast, or your job is physically demanding; the study of your biomechanics can help solve issues that may or have already caused injury or pain.
What is DARI Motion
DARI Motion is a markerless motion capture system used to acquire the most precise, accurate and comprehensive biomechanics data in the industry.
Due to its industry leading precision and accuracy the DARI Motion is able to track changes over time with sub-millimeter accuracy. This provides us with accurate information needed to make immediate, informed decisions to adjust and guarantee each rehab, performance or recovery program is meeting your exact needs and our expectations.
The Dari Motion Tracks:
21 bone segments, nine joints, with six-degrees of freedom
Kinematics and kinetics in all planes
Range of motion
Internal/external rotation at the hip
Anterior/posterior coronal deviation
Neuromuscular engagement, center of mass sway in all planes
All joints in space
DARI’s patented, 3rd-party validated kinetic capture collects kinetics without force plates. That means DARI can measure joint torques, ground reaction forces, and other force measurements without restricting the subject’s natural movement.
Why We Chose DARI Motion
Dari Motion is the Gold Standard and the most advanced, precise and accurate motion capture system. In order for us at Infinity Sports Institute to provide our athletes, patients, clients and members with the remarkable care, programs and outcomes we require industry leading technology and data.
The DARI Motion can be found at The Infinity Sports Institute Sports Science Lab, the only Sports Science Lab available to the public outside a University setting, in South Florida.
DARI Motion Accuracy
Most other markerless systems use a single consumer-grade depth camera originally developed for console gaming. These lack accuracy, capture a limited amount of the body, and can’t capture explosive, high-speed motions at their native 30 hz framerate.
Traditional motion labs require manual application of reflective markers on the body, causing up to 20% marker-placement error between sessions. Marker-based systems can not accurately track biomechanical data over time.
DARI uses eight high-speed cameras placed around the subject and a state-of-the-art computer-vision engine to collect whole-body data–including the fastest motions.
DARI Motion Speed
Marker-based motion analysis requires up to 45 minutes of marker placement for every session. Traditional marker-based analysis of a single human motion requires days of intensive data compiling and error-correction. By the time the data has been processed, the window of application will have passed. Therefor we will not have the chance to make accurate decisions on time.
The DARI Motion has zero markers and zero set up time. A complete body motion analysis takes under 5 minutes allowing us to scan 50 – 100 individuals per day! The DARI takes thousands of data points comprising each motion and processes them in under a second, that’s what we call FAST!
Knowledge is Potential Execution is Power
Quantification of data is useless if there is no action. The Dari Motion Provides easy-to-read reports, which our Performance and Sports Science Lab teams can explain to a 1stGrader! These reports allow us to take action steps to improving your health, performance and reducing your risk of injury. These reports include:
Muscle-mapping and injury vulnerability
Custom scoring and dynamic narratives
Data integration with other devices
Custom exercise suggestions
Single and multiple motion reports
Who should take advantage of the DARI Motion System?
The Dari Motion is used for Wellness, Workplace health, Performance and Research.
Fitness Enthusiast, Average Person
If you are trying to improve or maintain health as well as mitigate any risks for potential injury.
The DARI Motion capture platform can perform a comprehensive biomechanical analysis in as little as five minutes allowing you to efficiently screen your entire employee population for Musculoskeletal Disorder Risk and Musculoskeletal Injury Risk
Athletes and Team Organizations
DARI can collect objective, actionable biomechanical data on entire teams in a matter of hours giving athletes and training staffs the tools to transform their motion.
Optimize Movement, Avoid Injury, Track Progress. As soon as an athlete steps out of the capture space, DARI delivers an easy-to-read report with actionable insights, allowing coaches and trainers to get to work immediately
DARI’s robust motion capture allows research to be conducted on populations that are difficult to assess with traditional systems. The capture space can support implements, such as treadmills, stairs, cycles, and chairs, items that can be critical to research-specific assessments.
At Infinity Sports Institute we are dedicated in Optimizing the Human Experience by using the best of sports science, sports medicine and technology. Through the “Gold Standard” in training, recovery, physical therapy and testing we look forward to helping you reach all your goals.
IT Band Issues, Low Back Pain, Hamstring Injuries, Knee Pain, Hip and Knee Injuries, Lack of Performance, Loss of Balance, Running Slow, or worse – Seeing NO Gains? Is this you? Read Below.
The Glute. Max.
Is definitely a nice muscle to look at and one of the most powerful muscles we have. Unfortunately many of us suffer from “Glute Amnesia”, the lack of this muscle to actually work. In rehab & performance this is a topic that is touched on quite a bit. If you’ve ever been to a good Therapist, Strength and Conditioning coach, or Performance Specialist, we bet they have checked if those “awesome to look” at muscles are actually working.
You’re probably wondering, “Are my Glutes. Working?”… Well Probably not. We know, we know, you lift like everyday, run and you where a high school all star. But before we try and prove each other wrong lets go over the Gluteus Maximus.
Why is your Butt so important?
This awesome muscle definitely connects to many things at its origin and insertion – Imagine how it would make you feel if it’s sleeping on the job.
At its Origin the Glute Max inserts into the Fascia of the gluteus medius; the external surface of the ilium behind the posterior gluteal line; the fascia of the erector spinae; the dorsal surface of the sacrum; the lateral margin of the coccyx; the sacrotuberal ligament.
At its Insertion the Glute Max inserts through the Upper fibers, to the posterior part of the iliotibial tract and the fasciae latae muscles; Through the Lower fibers, to the gluteal tuberosity of the proximal femur.
did you read all that 🧐? If you didn’t here’s the quickie:
The Glute Max inserts/connects with the Glute Medius, ilium, your lower back muscles, sacrum, coccyx, a ligament at the lower and back part of the pelvis, IT Band, TFL, and the femur.
That’s a ton of connections and things that can have issues if your Glute Max is not up to par .
Now that you know where it connects – here are its actions (what it does)
It performs extension of the femur from the flexed position in the hip joint; lateral stabilization of the hip and knee joints; external rotation of the femur.
The Glute Max helps you bring back the femur from a flexed hip position such as a deadlift, Romanian Deadlift, Running (extension of the hip). It helps us stabilize the hip and knee joints as well as helping us externally rotate the femur.
We can definitely agree that this awesome muscle needs to be functional during all activities: walking, using the stairs, running, weightlifting, dancing, and making the magic happen
Use it or Lose it!
You ever hear the saying “Use it’s or Lose it” well that is perfect when describing what happens to muscles that don’t get used properly. Your Glute Max is supposed to do many things, but, what happens if you sit on it for 8 hours, or your run looks more like a jog between mile 3 and 12 and you’re not going through a full running gait cycle? Unfortunately that really powerful muscle can become inhibited and atrophy. The under used Glute will recruit less motor units causing it to work less and eventually start shrinking : “You’re going to lose your Gains!”.
In the previous paragraphs you learned where the Glute. Max connects and what it does. Now, if it’s inhibited, it will cause energy leaks causing other muscles to absorb more energy and work harder as well. As the Glute Max atrophies it will cause tension in the areas where it connects.
If the Glute is sleeping on the job, it can be a reason for the IT Band issues your experiencing, that constant tension and pain in your lower back, that lateral hip pain, or knee pain. A non functional Glute Max can also be a catalyst for an injury such as ligament tear/sprain, lack of balance and loss of performance.
So, is your Glue Max working? Properly? Don’t Know? Come Check us out, send us a message or book directly using the Link on this page!
Infinity Sports Institute is dedicated in optimizing the human experience through sports science, sports medicine and technology. We believe Physical, Mental and Social components are pillars to optimizing the human experience.