When thinking about sports training, most of the work done by coaches, trainers and clinicians is targeted at the muscles, cardiovascular optimisation and coordination.
When injuries occur however, it is mostly in the muscular connective tissue which is loaded beyond the capacity that it has been prepared for.
Recent research into the muscular connective tissue (fascia) has shown that fascial dynamics play essential roles in muscular force transmission and that the body-wide fascial network is an important organ for proprioception.

Fascial Fitness is a collaboration between Dr Robert Schleip, prominent fascial researcher and Rolfing teacher, and Thomas Myers, director of Kinesis and author of Anatomy Trains.
The project's purpose is to provide an efficient conduit of useful information from the new and various fascial research findings to the practitioner in the field - in both manual therapy and personal training of all kinds. This course has been well-received by physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors, personal trainers of all stripes, athletic coaches, and bodyworkers.

The course reviews scientific findings in terms of their practical application. Some of the results confirm our intuition and common sense, while some are quite counter-intuitive. The course allows plenty of time for both specific and general questions, but the following subjects are covered:

  • Long-chain kinetic sequencing for myofascial efficiency (Anatomy Trains)
  • The ins and outs of myofascial force transmission
  • Fascial elasticity and its cultivation
  • Fascial deformation in compensation and recovery
  • Fascial injury and matrix repair
  • Fascial neurology and tissue pain
  • Connective Tissue cell signaling
  • Integrins and cellular tensegrity
  • Pre-stressing the fascia and myofibroblasts
  • Physiological factors (Genetic and gender differences, Hydration and rest cycles, Nutrition and fascial health)

Course Objectives

Participants will be able to discourse and answer questions on:
  1) Elements of the extracellular matrix and fascial network
  2) The importance of hydration in fascia and its mechanisms
  3) Remodeling of fascia at various time scales
  4) The role of fascia in injury and injury repair
  5) How to strengthen and make fascia more elastic
  6) The role of long chain kinetics in myofascial health
  7) Physiological differences in fascial types
  8) Effect of aging on fascia and its responses
  9) The neurology of kinesthetic perception in the fascial net

The information within the Fascial Fitness course is constantly changing as new discoveries are made. The course is lavishly illustrated with slides, video, and ultrasound images, interspersed with application exercises and demonstrations.

Click here for the full list of Fascial Fitness courses currently on offer with the AIAT.

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