Course Outlines

Best practices from the fields of rehabilitation, pain management, athletic development, & behavioral modification.

First Principles of Movement

A 100 Hour credentialing program (including 6 face to face workshops plus Self-Directed Learning materials) where clinicians & trainers learn how to

❇️ Transition from passive to active therapies

❇️ Motivate people to become active, return to participation &/or have better adherence to self care.

❇️ Find the key dysfunctions that are holding people back from making sustainable progress

❇️ Avoid corrective exercise or rehab purgatory

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These are interactive, problem-solving workshops. You can start at any point in the program (since they are divided up  topically).

Dr Liebenson discusses the Clinical Audit Process/Assess-Correct-Reassess Video from Stanford, 2014


WHY Should One Choose to Participate in the FPM series?

  • Learn how to INTEGRATE the art, craft & science of best practices in the rehab to athletic development continuum
  • Learn EFFICIENT strategies to thin-slice implementation of the functional approach in your environment
  • Learn the four guiding PRINCIPLES of management that underpin the many methods

WHAT Can You Expect to Learn?

The  FPM “Best Practices”  series is an ideal prep for changing one’s paradigm from –

  1. Symptom-based to a focus on the source of pain in the kinetic chain
  2. Passive to Active (self-care oriented)
  3. Output-based to outcome-based – “its not about winning the exercise, its about winning the adaptation”
  4. Hardware (structural) to software (functional)
  5. Silo-based to patient/athletic-centered approach
  6. Bridge the gap between rehab & athletic development

Learning Objective: To efficiently integrate the “best practices” from the fields of rehabilitation, pain management, athletic development, & behavioral modification for preventing disability & transitioning the chronic rehabber to resilent, sustainable activity tolerance & peak performance.

It takes passion, study & experience to learn how to be STRONG in this model. As Pavel Tsatsouline says “You are strong when you can make the hard easy”. Thus, EFFICIENCY is one of our hallmarks. The other is INTEGRATION since its better to “be a learn it all, not a know it all”. The goal of this program is to teach the mastery mindset, namely learning the nuances that come from gritty determination.

Our Philosophy: The key to a return to participation, a sustainable approach to activity, & enhancing human performance is baking positive lifestyle choices/optionality into our environment. This epitomizes an agile, upstream mindset with minimal downside risk.


“From rehab to athletic development: best practices” 

Topics covered include: 
– Develop an Agile Mindset for Sustainable Human Performance
– The 4 Principles of FPM
– Gamification
– Steps of Training/Care
– Movement Prep
– Assessment and Training of the Torso
– Functional Training of the Posterior Chain
– Resiliency: Becoming Anti-Fragile 
– Managing Load Tolerance 
– Find the “Silent Killer”: The LASS profile
– Spine Sparing Strategies
– Developmental & Archetypal (Primal) Re-sets

“Building capacity and the trainable menu”

Topics covered include:
– The Trainable Menu Concept
– The 4 Principles of FPM
– Foot/Ankle stability: what is the role of the dead foot?
– Squats/deadlifts/lunges
– Single leg/Frontal leg stability
– Push/Pull/Carry
– Dynamic warm up, Quick Feet and Plyometrics
– The Hamstring, Groin and Hip Dilemma
– The Upper Quarter Kinetic Chain Dysfunction and Scapular Dyskinesis
– Tendonopathy Management According to Jill Cook PT PhD

Recovery is equally important in the rehab setting as in the gym. In both the clinical & training environments recovery is a pre-requisite for enhancing a person’s resilience.

Without recovery adaptation from training stimulus can not occur. Thus “recovery is the limiting factor”. In this Lab Immersion Experience we will guide you to bridging the gap from sport science and evidenced-based approaches to you’re practice, team or gym environment.

This course completes the series – Prepare, Train, & Recover, thus ensuring you’re ability to build programs designed to sustainably progress a person’s physical development.

Principles from high performance settings have stress-tested many of the innovations that inform
– Rehab
– Development of youth motor literacies &
– Maintenance of health span as people live longer

This Lab Immersion Experience focuses on MOBILITY from the ground up by taking a Joint by Joint approach (including many techniques of Dr Karel Lewit & Pr Vladimir Janda from Prague).

Each area is taught in sequence following basic principles & a systematic process which helps you assimilate the techniques with GPP, & region specific rehab (ie tendonopathies).
Lumbar spine & pelvis
Thoracic spine & rib cage
Cervical spine

Manual Therapy & Self Mobilizations are integrated with other recovery methods such as breathing re-education, sleep, cryo, mindfullness, hydration, diet, threat management, load management, & work (aerobic) capacity (ie repeat effort endurance).

Special “key” areas requiring mobility are taught with extensive practical application
-1st MTP
– Hip
– Thoracic Spine

3 Bridge the Gap (BTG) Courses – 1-2 Day updates linking each course

Review the concepts & implementation of the PREPARE, TRAIN, & RECOVER programs

While the PREPARE, TRAIN, & RECOVER workshops cover the Science & Rationale or WHY of the series along with the craft, skill, methods or WHAT; the BTG programs emphasize HOW to integrate the course work in different environments.


1. The 4 Principles of Management
2. The Individualized Profile
3. The Scientific Method & Assess-Correct-Reassess
4. Movement Screen Practical5. Case Management Problem-Solving

  1. Interview with Dr. Liebenson Strength Chats by Kabuki Strength #85 57:18
  2. Lecture - Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center Craig Liebenson 39:24
  3. Interview w/ Dr. Liebenson FTCA Podcast 1:25:34