Our First Audio Interview: Dr. Don Reagan

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This is the first installment of my interview with Dr. Don Reagan. Dr. Reagan has worked with Athletes around the country  he is Head Performance Coach and Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) at the Orthopaedic Center of Central Virginia as well as Adjunct Professor of Strength & Conditioning at Liberty University. He integrates rehabilitation and athletic development for the betterment of his clientele using Functional Movement Systems. He is also an ardent student of manual therapy and pain science. He has over 10 years of experience in the fitness industry, and has competed in strength sports including Olympic Weightlifting and Power Lifting.

Dan and I met Dr. Reagan over dinner in 2011 and had a great conversation. I wanted to share some Dr. Reagan’s views with our readers and he was kind enough to agree to an interview. One of the things that is most interesting about Dr. Reagan is that he participates in strength sports but he places significant emphasis on movement. Our conversation covered a number of topics from movement, to the state of sports science today, to how best to think about injury prevention. We pick up our conversation with Dr. Reagan describing the idea of global movement.  the rest of the installments of our conversation will be posted in the days to come.


here is the link: Don Reagan Interview Part 1.mov – YouTube


Let us know how you like the interview and the addition of audio to the blog!

5 Responses to “Our First Audio Interview: Dr. Don Reagan”

  1. Dan HagueNo Gravatar says:

    Well said, Dr. Don!

  2. Brendan NicholsonNo Gravatar says:

    Gah!He tells us that climbing can warp our bones, but doesn’t give us exercises to combat it. Something like this:

  3. Geoff BrennanNo Gravatar says:

    Great stuff! I’m not sure if I want to “fix” the structural adaptations that my body is making to become a better climber (well, unless they are becoming severely limiting due to loss of mobility as he describes,) but its great to hear brilliant discourse.

  4. Simon OldakerNo Gravatar says:

    Reagan seems to suggest here that injuries are only due to trauma or incorrect training. It seems that everyone around me lately is getting a third kind of injury – damage due to sudden, hard loading. Enough people I know have ripped muscles (several of them completely off their attachments) that I’m interested in learning more about how to avoid such injuries

  5. Don ReaganNo Gravatar says:

    Prescribing corrective strategies is not that simple and I choose not to devalue the precious commodity of a good coach/healthcare professional’s evaluation. Sport specific adaptation is extremely valuable, but there comes a point when movement variability is sacrificed and injury risk elevates. I recommend obtaining a movement profile of basic patterns that all bipedal hominids should be able to perform. Find someone in your area that performs the Functional Movement Screen (functionalmovement.com) to do so.

    There is macro and micro trauma. Macro trauma is like getting hit by a mac truck and the best protection from that is a skeleton of adamantium. Every tissue in the body is elastic but with enough force will become plastic, and will not return to its original shape. Microtrauma consists of much smaller forces applied repeatedly. That is where appropriate program design, movement symmetry, nutrition, recovery, etc. becomes invaluable. The best athletes are the ones who dedicate all of their faculties to becoming better, and analyze every aspect of their performance.

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