Dr. Matt Shiver
Physical Therapist, CSCS
Born and Raised in Charleston, SC. Matt attended Bishop England High School where we played football and discovered his passion for performance based physical therapy. Matt had a devastating ACL injury that required reconstruction and physical therapy. During that time, he started to realize that when he did deadlifts and squats his recovery was improving. The 3 sets of 20 leg press he was doing in traditional rehab was just not cutting it. He began researching training methodologies and quickly came across CrossFit. He started to implement this training into his rehabilitation and noticed tremendous improvement.
Matt attended Appalachian State University where he studied Exercise Science and Nutrition. While he was at Appalachian he discovered the sport of weightlifting. By his senior year he had directed two local weightlifting meets and founded the Mountaineer Weightlifting Club.
After graduating from Appalachian State Matt moved back home...
Recreational lifters often use external support/equipment for multiple purposes. Some use it for injuries, some use it for performance benefits, and others use it because they were taught they need to wear them at all times.
This article will go over how and when to use the equipment to maximize your health and performance.
When you walk into a gym, you can get a pretty good idea of who is dealing with an injury/pain based on the equipment they are wearing.
Are you wearing knee sleeves with light activity? Hmm..
Are you wearing wrist wraps for every upper body exercise? Hmm..
Are you wearing a belt with squats and deadlifts under 85%? Hmm..
The same goes for ankle braces, elbow support, etc.
Let's set this straight... We should NOT be relying on this equipment to exercise!! Our body is meant to be strong and stable without the use of external support! PERIOD.
With all that being said, wearing external support can provide healthy...