The therapeutic benefits of Skateboarding begins @ 1:20 minute/seconds of video 


What Skateboarding Has Taught Me – A Biopsychosocial Perspective

Why do we learn algebra?!? We have no intention of f*cking going there!’
Billy Connolly

Skateboarding has been my ultimate teacher… The one teacher that stands out the among the others. Skateboarding has taught me:

  • how to deal with all kinds of authority figures.
  • how to appreciate a fresh pair of sneakers.
  • how to obsess over something and put in the effort to accomplish the outcome.
  • how to clean every cut, scrape and road burn known to man.

But most especially, skateboarding has taught me how to overcome failure.

Skating requires IMMENSE dedication towards the goal or outcome, and the road to success is paved with copious amounts of bruises, road burns, rolled ankles and failures.

When am I actually going to use this?
– said every kid in class staring out the window labeled with “Attention Deficit Disorder”

But to kids labeled with various conditions, (specifically ADHD, Dyspraxia, high-functioning Autism, Asperger’s syndrome and sensory processing disorder,) skateboarding offers a domain of biopsychosocial (BPS) prosperity, contributing to an up-regulation of coping skills that help to regulate: emotion, cognition, behavior, physiology, and variable environments. The BPS dividends that skateboarding provides children, youths and even grown-ass adults are boundless.

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And in the context of chronic pain and working with clients in pain, a BPS approach expands beyond a purely biomechanical domain and dives deep into a 3-dimensional realm of education, adherence and sustainability. Education revolving around pain science, identifying personalized avenues’ towards meeting each clients unique wants & needs, and promoting feasible strategies that reinforce individual autonomy and mastery are just a few BPS ingredients that can truly yield 3-dimensional prosperity for your clients, patients and athletes.

At the 3:08 mark – Dr Daniel Sutton identifies a smorgasbord of highly beneficial BPS aspects that skateboarding provides.

I wonder what would happen if we used the word ‘Different’, rather than ‘Deficit’ when describing ADD? And what would happen if we dropped the word Disorder all together?

Instead of “Attention Deficit Disorder” you get “Attention Different”.

Provide an environment where skateboarding is an option for children and adolescents and watch first-hand just how righteous and effective being “Attention Different” can be!

Written by:
Kevin Murray M.A (pending)
Movement Masterminds – CEO
Function First – Director of Education

The body may say “that’s the way we need to move
right now.

Thank you to all of you who commented on last week’s post on MRI results and their correlation with pain. The post was shared extensively on social media – no denying fascinating research.

The video above is a snippet of a presentation Anthony did at ‘Meeting of the Minds’ in London where he discusses how Dynamic Systems Theory applies to movement.

The chaotic nature of the human organism is something that we all have to begin to appreciate regardless of the type of clientele you work with.  It’s time we stop trying to isolate individual cause and effect for our assessments and consider the broader picture.  Your clients/patients are counting on you.

The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

Dedicated to creating lasting change,

Kevin Murray
Movement Masterminds – CEO
Function First – Director of Education

P.S. We are getting ready to make the PFMS Level 1 available again. Keep your eyes out for the announcement.