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79 / The First Principles Of Movement w/ Dr. Craig Liebenson

It is becoming increasingly apparent that building a good relationship is a crucial part of helping people rehabilitate. Healing and recovery cannot truly happen unless coaches and trainers are able to listen, assess, communicate, and create the proper environment. Today’s guest understands this undeniable importance and is here to share how we all can do it too.

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Dr. Craig Liebenson is the Founder and Director of L.A. Sports & Spine, providing pain management, rehabilitation, and performance enhancement through one-on-one musculoskeletal care. He is the editor of The Rehabilitation of the Spine: A Practioner’s Manual and is the founder of First Principes of Movement where he provides courses for trainers and rehab specialists. 

Today, Dr. Liebenson talks about what it means to get people moving well. He’s recently discovered that supporting the social aspect of proper movement might just be the most important part of this. Dr. Liebenson goes into detail as he describes how practitioners can support this by actively listening to clients, coaching online, and creating an environment to support motor learning.

How can you support the social aspect of movement for your clients? Leave a comment below!

In this episode

  • What it means to move well
  • Why the social aspect of movement should never be ignored
  • The role of online coaching in supporting rehabilitation
  • Possible links between the modern lifestyle and common health problems
  • Whether it’s often better to be a generalist than a specialist
  • How helping to create adaptation is a key part of resiliency
  • How to thrive in chaos and have positive experiences in failure


“I don’t correct anymore. I still assess, but I don’t correct. I create an environment where a person can problem solve on their own.” [3:24]

“Motor control is not the ticket. Motor learning is. Motor learning occurs when you create an environment.” [10:50]

“It’s not sport-specific. It’s not injury specific. It’s not tissue specific. It’s about the foundational movement literacies.” [38:01]

“What most people need is not to feel that something is wrong. What they need is to realize that the way to become more resilient is to slightly stress the structures gradually so they adapt.” [40:57]


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