Category Archives: Sports Medicine

Sport Medicine points of interest.

Canadian Mountain Bike Champion happy with his results!


Dr. Chet treated me last November at a Mountain Bike Race in East Timor. I had just dislocated my shoulder for the 4th time and the motion was very limited and it was unstable when riding. Within two treatments my shoulder had better range of motion than it has had in 6 years, and it felt very secure. Since then it has remained stable and has allowed me to keep bike racing around the World without problems. Dr.Chet is one of the most down to earth and approachable guys you will ever meet. He listens, and is very optimistic as he works his magic. He not only heals your body, but also any doubts you may have in your mind about the physical condition. By far the best treatment I have had in 8 years as a Pro mountain biker.

Cory Wallace – Kona Factory Team
– 2013, 2014 Canadian Marathon Mountain Bike Champion,
– 2nd at 2010 World Solo 24 HR Championships
– 2012, 2013, 2014 Mongolian Bike Challenge Champion

Soft Sand Makes For Hard Running


Sayulita, Mexico.
Running, and walking, in the soft sand can greatly improve your ankle and hip stability. Begin with short efforts though! The increase in the activation of the stabilizing muscles can be quite high, and quickly result in an overuse injury if you are not careful. Allow your muscles time to adapt to the new stresses by adding some walking, or short runs, in the sand. Mix these sessions in a bit each week and pay close attention to any new tightness or fatigue in the muscles around the ankles and hips. Enjoy!

Teaching Yoga and Pilates Can Hurt!

Instructors of Yoga and Pilates have a much greater risk of injury than their students. Instructors have learned to be aware of the limitations and difficulties of their students, but many may not recognize their own risk of injury. The problem lies, not in their ability but, in their risk of overuse.
Teaching schedules for many instructors can be as heavy as six hours per day. The demands of teaching can require much more muscular strength, and endurance, than would normaly be required in an individual’s daily personal practice.
Do to these teaching specific demands, I suggest that Instructors add additional strength and conditioning exercises at least twice a week. These additional workouts are for general strength and muscular endurance conditioning, to support the sometimes excessive physical demands of a Professional Instructor. As we all know, when your living depends on your physical ability to finish the job, many times we go beyond what is best for us individually!
Maintain your body and it will keep on working for you!

2011 Weightlifting Masters Championships

Hi Dr. Chet, just wanted to say a big thank you for your help with my many injuries. Being involved in Olympic Weightlifting since I was 14, and now at 42, I have developed quite a list. I was especially truly grateful for your assistance with my shoulder positioning as you were able to get me back into those optimal lifting positions that were seemingly slipping away as I got older.

I attribute my win at the 2011 Canadian Masters Championship to your work. Previously the overhead portion of my lifts were not sitting correctly and once we identified what my issues were, you went straight to work in rectifying them. Within a few sessions I noticed a remarkable difference and with your advice I was able to further enhance and improve my positioning. That was another benefit from your treatment, as I was given take away exercises and guidelines to continue my progression.

I really appreciated your approach and genuineness when listening to my concerns and addressing my rehabilitation. I felt you understood my desire to continue training and wanted to help me resume lifting in the sport I have loved for so long. Over the years all too often I had experienced physicians who would not “listen” and not be willing to work with a patient. The answer was often just stop, and it felt like I was not given any options to work towards improvement. Not the case with you!

I trust you have helped so many others in your practice, but for me you were what brought me back and so I wanted to say again “Thank you so much!”

Leigh Willis, 2011 Canadian Masters Champion Weight Lifting

Run, Run, Run!

Dr. Chet,

Just wanted to say Thank you so much for helping Jaelen get over her injury. She ran a horrific, hard,awful 3K course, wet and soggy and fell down and barely missed her PR. She feels great today. She’s ready to run strong this next Saturday in Seattle. Thanks for being part of her team.

Holly Jo Ledgerwood, MD, Β Eugene OR, USA

Running Again After Two Years

Dear Chet

I wanted to say thank you! Thanks to your steer and treatment, I can now run.

I went out a week ago, on my 45th birthday as it happens, and ran 40 mins in my five finger shoes, about 7 kms. My calves did scream at me for a couple of days following but some stretching and they were fine after a couple of days. Yesterday I went out on what is one of my favourite runs around the harbour but something I have not been able to contemplate for about 2 years. It is a pretty hilly 12 km course with stunning views. I wore my nike free shoes. Today I have a blister on one of my feet but otherwise my knees and back are pretty good and I just finished a 2 hour yoga session.

Anyway the main message is THANKS! I feel like I can now run and have a platform off which I can only improve. That would not have happened without your assistance.

Libby Roy, Sydney, NSW, Australia

World Championships In Sight

Dear Chet,
I participated in the international rowing competition in St.Petersburg, Russia (class M8). Our team (Moscow 2) was the 4th after St.Pet.1, Germany and United States. Taking into account that the average age of our team is 50 and others are about 25 this result is a very good for us.
I’m keeping to train for Masters World Championship which will take place in Poland in September. Thank you very much for the training program you have recommended to me. It helps me a lot.
I.A., Moscow, Russia

Remember, “It’s All About Results” !

Time and again I hear people talk about how they are trying a new exercise program. When I ask them “what made you change from your previous one?”, they usually say “This one is supposed to be better”.

The new, better program is usually fairly complicated and has varied schedules and mixes of exercises to supposedly address all sorts of detailed training specifics. They are led to believe that every detail is so important, that if you miss even one, your training may be hindered dramatically. The stress of this, especially after missing a workout or two due to life getting in the way, eventually leads them to give up or find the next new and improved version.

In my mind exercise is fairly simple, doesn’t take a tremendous amount of time, and when I miss a workout due to life I am thankful for the added recovery day. Because I know that the most difficult thing in an exercise program is the resting! We are all tempted to do a little more because it may add some positive benefit, but we are never tempted to do a little less for the same benefit. This is due to the lack of easily available quality information.

Here is one of the best articles I have seen stating the scientific validation of exercise protocols for strength and conditioning.Β  “Strength Training Methods And The Work Of Arthur Jones” in the Journal of American Exercise Physiologists (ASEP) from 2004.

I hope this helps a few folks develop a long term quality fitness program that fits your lifestyle and schedule.

Train Smart, Play Hard!