Brian Schiff

Brian Schiff, PT, OCS, CSCS, is a licensed physical therapist, respected author and fitness professional. Currently, he serves as the supervisor for EXOS API at Raleigh Orthopaedic. Brian conducts live continuing education webinars and presents nationally at professional conferences and seminars on injury prevention, rehab and sport-specific training.
Oct. 15 2015
Many athletes struggle to avoid valgus collapse with deceleration and cutting maneuvers. Another common mechanical error seen is landing or cutting too upright, thereby elevating risk for a knee injury... View More
Oct. 1 2015
Lower leg strength and dynamic balance asymmetries are prevalent in many clients depending on their leg dominance, activities, injury history and preferred movement patterns. Single leg strengthening is... View More
Sept. 15 2015
Strength asymmetries are fairly common in people, especially if they have suffered a prior injury or participate in repetitive activities and sports. Training lower the lower leg in a unilateral fashion... View More
Sept. 1 2015
Thoracic kyphosis and latissimus tightness is a common presentation in many clients. Poor posture and the use of computers, tablets and phones and repetitive activity leads to this presentation. For overhead... View More
Aug. 15 2015
Rotational stability within the shoulders, torso and hips is critical for optimal performance in sport and injury prevention. Often, clients will exhibit asymmetries with respect to trunk stability with... View More
Aug. 1 2015
Sandbells offer a unique way to challenge grip strength, balance and body control during an overhead slam motion... View More
July 15 2015
Most injuries in sport occur in the transverse plane. Poor rotational stability may contribute to increased injury risk with landing, cutting and pivoting activity. Identifying these imbalances and weaknesses... View More
July 1 2015
In sport, it is essential to work on crossing over and loading on the inside leg to change direction and maximize performance. This exercise incorporating the Step offers multiple options and variations... View More
June 15 2015
Weakness in the gluteus maximus and gluteus medius is often cited in contributing to patellofemoral pain, IT band problems, hip pathology and even back pain. Side brides (planks) and the clam exercise... View More
June 1 2015
Many people suffer from poor scapular stability and asymmetrical shoulder weakness. This is especially worrisome for those involved in overhead lifts/sports, repetitive activity and throwing. Incorporating... View More
May 15 2015
Developing total body strength and power is always a goal for athletes. More specifically, building rotational power will often help increase performance. Training with body ropes allows for functionally... View More
May 1 2015
Whether recovering from an injury or simply looking to eliminate asymmetries and enhance function, I often incorporate single leg reaching progressions. The ability to balance and reach in a dynamic manner... View More
April 15 2015
Adding exercises that challenge stability in multiple planes of movement is a great way to activate more muscles and force secondary muscles to assist the prime movers. In this column, I will discuss how... View More
April 1 2015
Developing total body and multi-planar strength is important for weekend warriors and competitive athletes. Specifically, focusing on rotational strength in addition to triple extension will improve performance... View More
March 15 2015
Decreased mobility inthe thoracic spine often creates dysfunction and stress on other parts of thekinetic chain, namely the shoulder and lumbar spine. In many cases, clientswill demonstrate asymmetry based... View More
March 1 2015
Developing reactive stability and kinetic chain strength is important for athletes looking to perform their best. The Surge offers a great challenge to the human body through the use of water resistance
Feb. 15 2015
I like to include some single arm dumbbell training in my rehab and performance training with my clients. This allows for observation of any frank weakness and provides an opportunity to work on eliminating... View More
Feb. 1 2015
Developing rotational strength and power is necessary tomaximize performance in sports. Specifically, integrating the shoulders, torso and hips in a specificmovement pattern allows for more optimal functional... View More
Jan. 15 2015
Increasing shoulder, torso and hip strength and stability is a common training goal for athletes involved in sport. Facilitating hip disassociation and kinetic chain linking with exercise is always a plus,... View More
Jan. 1 2015
Developing lateral agility, foot speed and coordination are important for weekend warriors, recreational athletes and competitive athletes alike. Jumping rope is an excellent way to improve all of these... View More

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