Professor’s McGill’s most complete podcast yet. Stu’s summary of treating back pain patients, the integration of pain science, and enhancement of performance.

“Back pain has become the world’s leading cause of disability.

Stuart McGill has been at the forefront of non-surgical approaches to addressing back pain for many years. His 2015 book “Back Mechanic: The Secrets to a Healthy Spine Your Doctor Isn’t Telling You” is a wonderfully accessible account of his methods and perspectives.”

» LT 084 | Dr. Stuart McGill – Enhancing Athleticism in Rowers
“We’re back with Episode 084 of the LEO Training Podcast. I am pleased to have Dr. Stuart McGill back on the show as a return guest. His first interview, LT 012 | Dr. Stuart McGill – Spine Hygiene for Rowers. has been one of my most popular episodes to date. Today’s interview will focus on one topic into which Dr. McGill and I will diver very deep into: enhancing athleticism in rowers – simply put what can we do to improve performance.Dr. Stuart McGill is a retired Professor of Spine Biomechanics at the University of Waterloo. Dr. McGill is the author of over 400 scientific publications and 3 textbooks that address issues such as, lumbar spine function and injury mechanisms, patient assessment, corrective exercise prescription, and performance training. Dr. McGill consults for many medical management groups, governments, corporations, legal firms, and elite sports teams and athletes from around the world and has won numerous awards, including the Volvo Bioengineering Award for Low Back Pain Research. Dr. McGill is one of the few scientists who are regularly referred challenging patients for consult from around the world.”

The vision board podcasts EPISODE 156 – Dr Stuart McGill

Our special guest is Dr Stuart McGill. Stuart is a retired professor of spine biomechanics at the University of Waterloo in Canada. His one of the most highly regarded and sought after experts in spine bio mechanics and is a consultant to elite athletes, sports teams, legal experts, corporations and the government.

You will learn plenty from Dr Stuart McGill in episode 156 of The Vision Board Podcast.

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4:21 – we welcome Dr Stu McGill
5:02 – what he’s actively doing in his career
5:54 – origins into his back expertise
7:20 – upright walking versus walking on all fours
9:10 – what his ideal field of study is
11:17 – why the MMA fighters are the most versatile style of athlete
13:05 – insights into a recent mma study with Stu
16:45 – BJJ, spinal injuries,
20:56 – an Algorithm for All coaches
23:36 – advice on training with injuries
25:25 – advice on assessing pain with clients
30:40 – identifying pain through visual aids
33:35 – is there a proper universal squat depth?
38:15 – strength training and mobility
39:10 – an NBA player analogy
41:35 – a high level Diver analogy
42:25 – a long distance runner analogy
44:14 – the complexity of our core
48:12 – the 3 elements of Core Stability
52:10 – advice for Being a better Coach
56:09 – insights into his own personal routine

» August 2016 Interview for Strength Matters Podcast.
Today’s guest is Dr. Stuart McGill, a leading professor of spine biomechanics at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. Dr. McGill has written three books on the back, he runs a laboratory that runs all sorts of tests on spines, and he is NOT a fan of sit-ups or crunches.
Today’s Topics Include:

  • What happens to the spine when military personnel carry heavy loads on their backs?
  • Different people have different body types suitable for different activities. A load that creates a beneficial adaptation for one person, can create an injury for another.
  • To avoid injury load the spine in a stacked posture.
  • A better training session might be a body balancing exercise like a suitcase carry or a bottoms up kettlebell carry. With a still in control core.
  • The military creates an iron will
  • and much more…


» Interview with Dr Ryan DeBell, The Movement Fix Jan 2016
On episode 13 of The Movement Fix Podcast, I am joined by Dr. Stuart McGill. Dr. McGill is a professor of spine biomechanics at the University of Waterloo, he’s written several great books including his latest, Back Mechanic, and he travels all over the world to spread his knowledge… Here are some of the topics we discuss:

  • The Jefferson Curl: Can you progressively expose a lumbar spine to loaded or repetitive flexion to improve its resiliency?
  • Is lifting atlas stones safe? What are the considerations one must make when doing that lift?
  • What are Dr. McGill’s thoughts on MRIs and other imaging techniques that show damage but the person may not have pain?
  • Gymnasts typically go into repetitive low back extension. How can we manage those athletes and why is a spondylolisthesis sometimes painful and other times not?
  • What unanswered questions does Dr. McGill have about the low back and what is he currently researching?
  • and MUCH more”


» Back exercise and performance training. (Right click to “Save Target As”)

» Performance Training – Interview for the UK Olympic Program. (Right click to “Save Target As”)

» EA 09: How To Get Rid Of Back Pain With Dr. Stuart McGill

Topics Include:

McGill has recently left the University and now he is a consultant.
There are a lot of athletes and patients who have mysterious back pain.
In school, he discovered math and science, and then after visiting a spine biomechanics lab, he decided to get his Ph.D.
The scientific approach is different than the basic medical approach.
Assess the pain mechanism, then eliminate the precise cause, build a pain-free foundation for movement.
Back injuries set themselves up over time.
Adaptation – tissue becomes stronger up until the tipping point. Loading is good, but not too much or too little.
Build in appropriate rest to allow time for adaptation.
Prevention, train in cycles and be sure to have rest periods.
Practice better spine hygiene and use lumbar support.
Don’t try to progress too quickly during training.
Pavel and decompression after each lift.
Kettlebells and training only one side of the body.
Walking and loaded carries would be a wise progression.
Go for a walk and reset disc stress from sitting by going for a walk.
Assess the demands of the sport.
Assess your abilities compared to those demands.
Train to make up the difference.
Without the appropriate neural wisdom, injuries can happen.
The best athletes have plosive strength.
Activated muscle creates muscle force.
Faster pulses and faster muscles create relaxation and speed.
Hip hinges and pulses in kettlebell swings.
Power breathing, spine stability, and athletic performance.
Training to stop motion with the core creates core strength and stability.
Carries are a great way to build strong obliques.
Sit ups can create back pain for soldiers. Planks may be safer core training for the back.
Training for mental toughness in the military.
Sex and spinal pain. There are motions and pain triggers that clinicians can use to help avoid injuries.


» The Everyday Athlete by Strength Matters

“The Everyday Athlete is a weekly podcast produced by Strength Matters and hosted by Josh Kennedy. Josh talks to the world’s leading experts in health, fitness, rehabilitation, nutrition, mindset, and performance to share cutting edge strategies to help you train smarter, reduce injuries and achieve better results. The Everyday Athlete is someone who cares about his or her health enough to do something about it, has reached at least a very basic level of fitness and is someone who regularly partakes in purposeful physical activity and/or has an active lifestyle and job. If you are reading this, you probably are the Everyday Athlete. We combine winning strategies developed in-house by Strength Matters and those of the world’s leading experts, who share their stories and strategies on the Everyday Athlete podcast. Learn their winning strategies and apply them to your training and lifestyle today.


Dr. Stuart McGill on Back Health and Proper Core Training for Strength Athletes
Dr. Stuart McGill is widely acknowledged as the world’s foremost expert on the low spine, particularly as it relates to athletes. He joins us on this monster of a podcast to talk about core training for athletes, back health, rehabilitation, and more.http://www.spreaker.com/user/mashmafiastrength/130-dr-stuart-mcgill-on-back-health-and-

» Dr. Stuart McGill interviewed by Scott Iredella on “How to achieve optimal back health” – Feb. 9th, 2016
Dr. Stuart McGill, Professor of Spine Biomechanics, is BACK (pun intended), and is this week’s featured guest on the podcast. Dr. McGill is a world-renowned lecturer and expert in spine function, injury prevention, and rehabilitation… During this interview, you’ll learn the truth about optimal back health, so you can improve your training performance and better achieve long term results.

» Podcast Interview, June 23, 2013
On this episode Dr. McGill and myself discussed – common reasons why the low back breaks down, common problems Dr. McGill see’s with core training, problems Dr. McGill see’s with some rehabilitation protocols that are used to treat low back pain, and/or dysfunction, Dr. McGill’s 5 stage protocol at rehabbing low back pain and/or dysfunction, and many more topics.http://robbiebourke.podbean.com/2013/06/23/episode-22-an-interview-with-dr-stuart-mcgill/

» Interview with master trainer Paul Bielak in Prague, Czech Republic Jan 2016
Advance Training was built on an ideal of continuing education, as well as the ongoing evolution of the Personal Training profession. Our goal is to achieve pain-free peak performance by taking the time to build a strongfoundation for loaded movement. Consideringappropriate stability, mobility, and prioritizingindividual compensation in the beginning of he process allows for proper physical function, and a reduction in injury ratelater in the process of developing endurance, strength, and training capacity asit relates to any specific work or sporting demand.http://www.advancetraining.cz/en_US/back-mechanic/