Final question: Interviewing Professor Stu McGill Part 6, 2024

Interviewing Professor Stuart McGill 2024, Part 6 goes Live Thursday, 4.11.24

In this final part 6, I ask Prof McGill about his favorite person type or athlete to tune from back pain to performance. His answer may surprise you, as it did me. “As you know, Brian, I like cars, trucks, fast snowmobiles; I like tuning all machines.” Stay tuned for the full interview next week.

Part 5 is about my curiosity. I wanted to ask Prof McGill which cases (back) he sees and says to himself, “Oh man, this is going to be a rough one.” Sometimes, when people come to us, the answer/solution to their pain is straightforward and can be a simple fix. Other times, it’s much more challenging to sort out multiple levels of injury/pain and various pain triggers, i.e., Facet, disc, and nerve pain, or, as Stu discusses, a botched surgery case concerning a disc and nerve scarring. Enjoy!

Part 4: This video discusses when to be hands-off with an athlete, soldier, or layperson who isn’t listening to your advice. Working with athletes can be challenging. Fighters, lifters, and special forces soldiers sometimes need help to slow down. When do you let go and let them do what they want, even if it’s not the best choice for them? As discussed in Gift of Injury, I had to learn the hard way. I had to fail, and I rushed it. Luckily, I learned from a failure that helped take me to the next level of training.

In Part 3, I ask Professor McGill about manipulations, magic hands, and different types of hacks or snag workarounds for back pain and when appropriate. He shares his experiences with manipulation and the good and the bad he’s seen. With my background in massage therapy, I ask Prof McGill when he needs someone with manual therapy skills to step in for back pain. Also, how does he feel about aggressive yanking /pulling adjustments for the back and body?

In Part 2, I ask Professor McGill about injury mechanisms and healing time for particular spine tissues. The professor gives context on how the degenerative cascade impacts various tissues.

Part 1: “What is the biggest misconception about your work (McGill method)?” I was interested in his reply because I saw things mentioned (like pig spines) and was asked about them. His answers are well thought out and articulated even after a long day of seeing a client together and spending family time.

Last year, I did a series with Professor Stu McGill interview 20203, and as such, I am following up with more profound questions so we can all learn from someone with such vast experience. To read Prof McGill’s CV, you can go HERE, but here is a little bit about him:

“Dr. Stuart M. McGill is a “distinguished professor emeritus”, University of Waterloo, where he was a professor for 30 years. His laboratory and experimental research clinic investigated issues related to the causal mechanisms of back pain, how to rehabilitate back-pained people and enhance both injury resilience and performance. His advice is often sought by governments, corporations, legal experts, medical groups and elite athletes and teams from around the world. 

His work produced over 245 peer-reviewed scientific journal papers, several textbooks, and many international awards including the “Order of Canada” in 2020 for leadership in the back pain area. He mentored over 37 graduate students during this scientific journey.

During this time he taught thousands of clinicians and practitioners in professional development and continuing education courses around the world.

He continues as the Chief Scientific Officer for Backfitpro Inc. Difficult back cases, and elite performers, are regularly referred to him for consultation. Any product associated with this website has been tested in Dr. McGill’s laboratory.”

Again, If you still need to watch last year’s first McGill interview series, I have added these videos to check out before this one goes live on Thursday, 4.11.24. 

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Brian is a retired world-class powerlifter with over two decades of world-class powerlifting. From 1999 to 2020, Brian Carroll was a competitive powerlifter, one of the most accomplished lifters in the sport's history. Brian started off competing in bench press competitions 'raw,' then, shortly into the journey, he gravitated toward equipped lifting as there were no "raw" categories then. You only had to choose from single-ply (USPF) and Multi-ply (APF/WPC). Brian went on to total 2730 at 275 and 2651 at 242 with more than ten times his body weight in three different classes (220, 242, 275), and both bench pressed and deadlifted over 800 pounds in two other weight classes. He's totaled 2600 over 20 times in 2 different weight classes in his career. With 60 squats of 1000lbs or more officially, this is the most in powerlifting history, regardless of weight class or federation, by anyone not named David Hoff. Brian realized many ups and downs during his 20+ years competing. After ten years of high-level powerlifting competition and an all-time World Record squat at 220 with 1030, in 2009, Brian was competing for a Police academy scholarship. On a hot and humid July morning, Brian, hurdling over a barricade at 275lbs, landed on, fell, and hurt his back. After years of back pain and failed therapy, Brian met with world-renowned back specialist Prof McGill in 2013, which changed his trajectory more than he could have imagined. In 2017, Brian Carroll and Prof McGill authored the best-selling book about Brian's triumphant comeback to powerlifting in Gift of Injury. Most recently (10.3.20) -Brian set the highest squat of all time (regardless of weight class) with 1306 lbs – being the first man to break the 1300lb squat barrier at a bodyweight of 303 lbs.
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