In Medical/Injuries, Radio

April 13, 2009

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This is the 5th episode of the Weekend Edition of CrossFit Radio, which aired at 6pm PDT on Sunday, April 12th, 2009.

Dave Young probes the mind of Kelly Starrett from San Francisco CrossFit on the topic of “CrossFit as Rehab.”

Kelly is a licensed physio-therapist, and he talks about preparing your body for CrossFit, and the appropriateness of engaging in the work while recovering from injury. Kelly speaks to the CrossFitter at large about taking control of their limitations and pain.


The next CrossFit Radio Weekend Edition show will be Saturday, April 18th, 2009 at 6pm PDT.

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13 Comments on “CrossFit Radio Weekend Edition 5 090412”


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I would love to hear this but this showed up when I clicked on the MP3 link

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The requested URL /free/audio/CFRadioWeekend5-090412.mp3 was not found on this server.


Apache/2.2.8 (Ubuntu) mod_fastcgi/2.4.6 PHP/5.2.4-2ubuntu5.5 with Suhosin-Patch Server at Port 80


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It works for me. Anyone else?


Darren Coughlan wrote …

it works fine, great interview


wrote …

Right click, save target as..., and save it to your desktop or something.


wrote …

Great interview. The point Kelly makes about letting your P.T. know what YOUR expectations are post surgery is so crucial. Within the past 3 years I've had shoulder and major hip surgery and my P.T. asked what I expected from therapy. 100% athletic ability was the answer I gave. She responded, "That's admirable, you just need to understand that it will require a lot of effort and will hurt, a lot." And it did, but I recovered in about half the time as 'normal'. Still dealing with the hip some. Kelly's video series on mid-line stability has been a Godsend. Looking forward to the continuation of his shoulder vids.


Ned Ferguson wrote …

A while back an 18 year old kid named Daniel appeared on the board, left a total of three posts, then he was gone. I think about him from time to time.

Here is the upshot:

"Advice for CrossFitting with injuries

I had a torn meniscus in my left knee and was scheduled to have an arthroscopy, but I hadn't had swelling or pain in a long time so decided to try to get a start in the WODs....

Well, this week I had my arthroscopy, and they cut out the tear and all that is fine.. but they also discovered that I have degenerative joint disease in the lateral area of my knee - basically early signs of arthritis. My doctor informed me - and he made it quite clear that it's very important I follow this - that I can't run, even for short distances, or really do anything that puts stress on my knee, or else I risk permanently injuring it by the time I'm 25!! I can do squats, but only up to 60 degrees, and without weight."

So, at 18, this kid is saddled by his doctor with these extreme limitations for the rest of his life, which he seems resigned to. I felt at a loss as to what to say. I do not have enough knowledge about arthritis and joint mobility to argue.

What do you say to someone like this Kelly?


wrote …

Hi Kelly,

Can you say more about why you don't like movement screens?

Brad Jones


wrote …

Excellent as always Kelly !
Stupid question - what did you study in order to become "licensed physio-therapist", I mean which school or art of therapy ?

Petr Ruzicka


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besides stretching what is a good cool-down?


wrote …

People like you, Kelly, are what make this community great. Thank you for you willingness to share all this information, and I can only hope you will continue to do these interviews and put up videos.

So I understand some of the movement prep for the front squat and shoulder press, but I wonder what you could offer in the way of prep for the back squat and deadlift?

Thanks again,


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Kelly you are the man great show you touced on every point that is so very important to get full range of motion etc, to perform crossfit's movements, i feel myself i never get warmed up enough or well enough and yes i am tight every where i need to be loose like that old DATSUN, will you be givig videos on proper warm ups and stretches for the shoulder, rolling methods
Thank you for sharing you knowledge with us



wrote …

Great, great, show Kelly. Even after months of working out seriously injured with Kelly (and then graduating to normal classes!), I still learn something new every time I hear him speak. Kelly literally gave me back the chance to be an elite athlete once again. He REALLY knows his stuff.

Thank you for continuing to educate us all, Kelly.


The link worked for me. Also - I found the show helpful as I establish the balance between nurturing a chronic cervical spine injury & working beyond it after ten years of working with it.

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