Activating the Kinetic Chain: Proprioception, Balance & Symmetry


Discover how you can achieve balance & symmetry in the kinetic chain via proprioception. Learn from our tenured group of therapists, researchers, and clinicians and discover for yourself!

This recorded event has been accredited by the Ohio Foot and Ankle Medical Foundation as an approved sponsor by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education. CME has been approved for up to 2 contact hours.

Quantifying Human Performance using Kinesiological Surface EMG
February 24, 2022, 05:00 PM – 05:40 PM EST(-05:00)
Quantifying Human Performance using Kinesiological Surface EMG

David Lemke, NMT, sEMG Tech.
Human Performance is a broad and complex subject. This session combines a summary of Mr. Lemke’s “Understanding Muscle Dysfunction” talk included in his Redefining the Core workshops, with a previously taught unit on dealing with problem data in kinesiological sEMG.

The goal of this session is to illustrate and explain common ground invisible to the eye and together recognize that through using the right tools with correct expectations, we can gain the vital knowledge required to facilitate Ultimate Human Performance.

An added benefit to attending this session is that, whereas Kinesiological sEMG is used in nearly every study involving muscle activity and function, the majority of clinicians have not used this technology extensively themselves; and so they remain at the mercy of the investigators and their interpretation of the data. Surveying and learning the basics of this technology with Mr. Lemke as your guide equips you to read and understand for yourself what’s going on in the book.

February 24, 2022, 05:40 PM – 06:20 PM EST(-05:00)
The simple principles to maintain a life of proper movement and overall health

Mark Cucuzella, MD FAAFP
Dr. Cucuzella walks us through the guidelines of posture, alignment and strengthening of the body – achieved throughout the kinetic chain Some of the evenings objectives include:

* Posture And Breathing


*The Foot Is The Foundation

*Just Don’t Sit There

*Walk Right Before You Run

*Mobility And Stability Basics

*A Little On Gait Training

*Strong Matters

*Food Matters Too

*Stress Recovery And Injury

*10 Principles Of Lifelong Healthy Running and Movement for Life

February 24, 2022, 06:20 PM – 07:00 PM EST(-05:00)
The Importance of Plantar Proprioceptive Stimulus on every step…for Balance and Symmetry of Movement

Stuart Gordon, ITEC Sports Therapist
As our foot strikes the ground, whether walking or running, we are performing a one-legged balancing act. Our foot reacts to the force of landing by pronating. The plantar tissues deform in a controlled way agitating the sensory nerves embedded within them, and the plantar muscles stretch eccentrically contracting to absorb the load. This provides fantastic shock absorbency properties. Energy is stored in those muscles ready for concentric contraction or recoil…so called “Load Explode.”

Optimal performance for cars can only be achieved with balanced and aligned wheels, balanced weight distribution, excellent shock absorbers and powerful springs, and of course a well-tuned and fueled engine. Without that balance, wear and tear will be inevitable and precious fuel wasted as the car wobbles and weaves along! And, if you keep stepping on the gas, sooner or later the car will break down.

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Roundtable: Further Discussion of Proprioception and Balance

February 24, 2022, 07:00 PM – 08:00 PM EST
David Lemke, NMT, sEMG Tech./Mark Cucuzella, MD FAAFP/Stuart Gordon, ITEC Sports Therapist



Stuart Gordon

ITEC Sports Therapist, Founder All About Balance (UK)

I am a Dip Phys. Ed., ITEC Sports Therapist, Anatomy Trains Fascial Release and Structural Bodyworker. Since starting my own practice as a Sports Therapist in 1992 I have treated a vast array of Muscular Skeletal problems in adults and children ranging from Olympic and World Champions, professional sportsmen and women, ballet dancers, equestrian competitors, professional singers and musicians and equally importantly numerous members of the general public suffering the aches and pains associated with work, life and play.
My awareness of the importance of foot biomechanics in balanced functional movement led me to study the assessment and fitting of orthotics. This understanding evolved and was complimented by my study of the innovative research in myofascial and viscera-fascial tissue function. I have lectured in Sports Therapy and Sports Massage at Farnborough College, Hants and have taught Advanced and Remedial massage techniques at various professional development courses.

Dr. Mark Cucuzzella

Professor West Virginia University School of Medicine WVU Center for Diabetes, Air Force Reserve Lt. Col.

Dr. Mark Cucuzzella is a Professor at West Virginia University School of Medicine. He is designing programs to promote healthier and better running in the military with the USAF Efficient Running Project. Mark has presented running workshops on over 50 military bases in the last 10 years and continues to teach through Healthy Running.
​A competitive runner for over 35 years -with more than 100 marathon and ultramarathon finishes - and continues to compete as a national-level Masters runner. He has won the Air Force Marathon twice. He is the race director of Freedom's Run race series in West Virginia and director of the Natural Running Center, an education portal designed to teach healthier running . Mark is also the owner of Two Rivers Treads - A Center for Natural Running and Walking in his hometown of Ranson, W.Va.

David Lemke

NMT, sEMG Tech, Author, Research Consultant, Certified Dartfish Video Coach, Owner of BioPerformance TX

David Lemke, NMT, sEMG Tech, became interested in core function as a patient with back pain. He began his own apprenticeship with a renowned Canadian bodyworker in 1985.
Ten years into his own practice, Mr. Lemke made a breakthrough using information from a kinesiological surface electromyography (sEMG) evaluation. Mr. Lemke’s sEMG assessments and motor point treatments are relied on by top performing athletes, and those recovering from orthopedic injuries & surgeries.
As a Certified Dartfish Video Coach, he uses slow motion video analysis of biomechanics in his clinic. Mr. Lemke has tested exercise equipment, devices, and new treatment procedures as well as trained hundreds of specialized neuromuscular massage and physical therapists.
Mr. Lemke was the primary consultant to Champions Sports Medicine (Spokane, WA) in the creation of their Biomechanics lab and consults regularly with researchers at Baylor University’s Human Motion Lab.