Tribute to Jim Weaver

Sunday, October 22nd, 2017

A Celebration of Jim Weaver’s Life was held on a beautiful Sunday afternoon at The Red Barn, Peach Valley, Colorado. 

I was honored to present a slideshow with the music Pony Boy, by Bruce Springsteen. Apparently, Jim’s mother Seville sang this lullaby to him as a baby and his wife Kathie sang it to him during his departure, Sept 20, 2017. The celebration was MC’d by Dr Robert Derkash and had special guests including Harald Dunn MD (Weaver-Dunn shoulder procedure).

I worked with Dr. Weaver in 1991 when I was hired by Trish Kramer to establish Valley View Hospital’s Sports Medicine Clinic. Dr. Weaver was supportive of my career by referring patients and helping transition VVH Sports Medicine to Glenwood Springs Hot Springs Pool and Athletic Club.

I became close friends with Jim and Kathie Weaver because of our mutual passion for dogs and No-Name Creek. I am forever grateful for their love and kindness, and my connection to Golden Retrievers and No-Name Canyon.


Prone on Elbows and Pincha Prep

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

What do Prone on Elbows and Pincha prep have in common? 

They are strengthening for the neck and shoulder core, especially when held for prolonged holds. They strengthen the rhomboids, serratus anterior, rotator cuff and deep neck flexors.

They allow for individual alignment strategies to bring our trunk into neutral position. For instance, someone who has a kyphotic thoracic spine needs to “melt the heart” while someone with a flattened thoracic spine needs to press upward to create more of a curve. 

They emphasize a rib anchor AKA “stacking the rib cage” or “side ribs back.” This helps to keep your back in neutral as illustrated in the Trunk Core.

They are easily modified by placing your elbows on a table. This is an effective unloading strategy for your spine while sitting and can be used to simulate the position of bike riding either on or off the saddle. Lastly, a resistive band may be used for additional shoulder or neck core strengthening as directed by your physical therapist.