Mad Dawg Method

Why: We are changing the way healthcare is delivered.

How: We help pain-free athletes progress from beginner to mastery, in activities that bring them joy, i.e. we help them Return to Play, using a movement-focused, education-driven curriculum.

  1. Screen, Assess, Test, Re-Test
    Usually this means the athlete will do a version of the Functional Movement Screen and/or our own core assessment. An assessment can also include NeuroKinetic Therapy.
  2. Thoughtful Exercise Selection
    We select our exercises is by using the following principles:
    • Start from the inside and work outwards.
    • Start from the ground and work upwards.
    We implement those principles by using three tools, the Joint by Joint approach (original article and expansion of the concept), Anatomy Trains by Thomas Meyers and, finally, the 4 x 4 Matrix. We use the Joint by Joint approach and Anatomy Trains, or fascial lines, to determine what movements need to be strengthened and what aspects of the chosen exercises needs special attention. The 4 x 4 matrix largely mimics the developmental milestones for infants, so most of our programming will start on the ground and it gives us a clear pathway to developing a movement pattern and a way to check our work. Here are some examples of how we use the 4 x 4 Matrix for exercise selection.

    4 x 4 Matrix exercise examples
  3. Thoughtful Programming
    Position —> Movement —> Strength —> Mastery

    Position: Develop the positions necessary for the movement, usually, but not always, those are the starting and ending positions.
    Movement: Develop the ability to move smoothly and efficiently between the starting and ending positions.
    Strength: Develop both concentric and eccentric strength but it also means that all the additional connective tissues are strong enough to withstand concentric and eccentric training on a regular basis.
    Mastery: Develop the ability to creatively use strength within the context of athletic activity.
  • We do the majority of our sessions in private or semi-private (2 – 4 athletes) classes.
  • The majority of our sessions are 30 minutes but some are 60 minutes long.
  • We do some distance coaching, but people progress most quickly if we spend time with them in person.
  • Each athlete has their own program