#36: Dr. Jonathan Fass – Pain, Evidence Based Practice, Posture, Foam Rolling

Dr. Jonathan Fass of Accelerated Strength

This is episode 36 of Evil Sugar Radio. In this episode, we interviewed Dr. Jonathan Fass. Dr. Fass is a physical therapist who blogs at Jonathan Fass.com and runs the Strength of Evidence podcast. Dr. Fass has also contributed to Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, and Mind & Muscle magazines.

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Episode 36 Overview

Here’s an overview of what we’ll be talking about in this episode:

  • How did you get your job?
  • How long will you be there?
  • What is Evidence Based Practice?
  • What about claims that following research means you’re behind the times?
  • What does current research say about pain? Are we talking chronic or acute pain?
  • What’s the deal with low back pain? Is it really that common?
  • So is fear some sort of evolutionary protective mechanism?
  • What’s the deal with CrossFit? Is it really as injury prone as it seems?
  • Is it smart to be a little bit conservative in our approach?
  • What is mobility and who needs to do it?
  • What are some myths about posture?
  • What does the evidence suggest regarding sitting shortening hip flexors? Do hip flexors contribute to back pain or hip problems?
  • What’s actually changing when someone does a dynamic or static stretch?
  • What about high heels? It seems logical that this type of position is bad. Do high heels actually affect joints and muscles of the leg?
  • What can you suggest for people to treat Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness? Contrast baths? Foam rolling?
  • Can you talk about the pros and cons of foam rolling?
  • If you could suggest a couple pieces of positive advice to the fitness industry, what would you suggest to help the industry do better?
  • Do you have any resources you could point people to so they can learn to read research?
  • Does sugar cause inflammation and pain?

Show Notes

Strength of Evidence podcast (http://strengthofevidence.com)

How to read research

How To Lie with Statistics by Darrell Huff

Thinking Statistically by Uri Bram

Intro music from Baba Brinkman’s Revenge of the Somatic. Purchase any of Baba’s music at http://bababrinkman.bandcamp.com/

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  1. I’m a massage therapist and I just loved this episode. Really interesting stuff!