ACSM Summit: Corrective Exercise for the Shoulder, Fun, Networking and More!

I had the privilege of delivering a presentation at the American College of Sports Medicine 2009 Summit in Atalanta Georgia last Thursday and Friday.

We stayed at the Omni hotel right at the CNN Center! It was awesome!

This was practically the view from my room!

I have attended the ACSM Summit in the past, but this was my first time presenting there. It was 100% my pleasure to deliver the presentation Corrective Exercise for Shoulder Impairments with Patricia “Skippy” Mattson

Skippy is an ATC/PT at the Children’s Hospital of Atlanta and works mostly with high level young athletes.

She is swimmer herself and involved with the High Performance USA Swimming Team. She has over 30 years of in the trenches experience, is a blast to teach with and feisty to boot:) We had communicated via email and telephone to get our presentation together, only having met in person about 3 hours before our first presentation! She was so easy to work with, a real joy and fountain of information. We had about 85 people in our first lecture and over 100 at the second delivery. The second time we presented was at 6:15 on a Friday night…talk about a tough time slot! But people packed in and sat on the floor and were in the hall way to hear what we had to say. We went in depth covering anatomy, impairments, movement assessments and corrective exercise strategies. The groups were very responsive and laughed and had fun while they learned! At least two students came to both lectures (even though they were exactly the same!) because they liked it so much!

Healthy Learning also video taped the presentation and it will be available for sale soon. just like they did at IDEA for me last year with; the link if you want to check it out…

Skippy and I connected with a group of kinesiology students and faculty at the Summit and were graciously invited to their reception dinner on Friday night

We sat with the students and talked about their plans for the future and their experience at the Summit. There were 6 students at my table, 5 juniors who were all coming back to graduate at Penn State next year and 1 senior who was headed of to get her Doctorate in Physical Therapy after her graduation this spring. I did not get to speak with the other 15 students or so because I had to run (literally!) to the airport to catch my flight home. It was very gracious of them to invite us! Thank you Lori and Michelle!

I also had the privilege to introduce and assist a good friend and colleague of mine, and creator of the Rollaxer product, Scott Mitchell.

It is worth checking out the link, if I HAD to choose only one myofascial release product…this would be IT!

Here is a picture of Scott and his wife…

Scott delivered a presentation entitled “Knot So Stressed” which covered myofasical release and corrective exercise. he did an awesome job! over 200 people attended his two lectures combined!

On top of all this Scott and I got to see an Atlanta Thrashers game!

They were down 4-1 and came back to win 5-4 in a shootout! We had great seats and lots of fun! They played the NY Rangers so there were plenty of New Yorkers there and I got heckled all night for my Red Sox shirt that I had on. Love the Yankees fans!

Thanks for reading!

Eric Beard
Athletic Performance Enhancement Specialist
Corrective Exercise Specialist

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  1. Scott
    Posted March 31, 2009 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

    So good seeing you there. Being on opposite coasts we rarely get to hang, and I look forward to those times.
    For all who read this, Eric is not only a quality friend, but an exceptionally gifted presenter and if you get the chance to work with him or listen to him, I highly recommend it. Not to mention you’ll probably be laughing half the time as well.
    Talk to you soon brother. God bless.
    Scott Mitchell

  2. Eric Beard
    Posted March 31, 2009 at 7:03 pm | Permalink

    Thank for the support Scotty! Great to catch up with you as well!

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