GAINcast Episode 153: Making shapes (with Tom Barton)

Range of motion is a critical element of movement. If you can’t get into a position, it will be difficult or impossible to incorporate that into a movement. Tom Barton has worked as a physiotherapist with some of the world’s top swimmers. He joins this week’s GAINcast to look at how the brain and body interact to reach positions, training range of motion, and other related topics.

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Notes and quotes

Tom Barton is the director of the Health Collab in Queensland, Australia. There he works as a physiotherapist, yoga teacher, and trainer. He has worked as a physiotherapist with the Australian National Swim Team, and currently assists Singapore. He has also developed the innovative Q Swim app. This episode started by discussing his general approach to understanding the body, and then dove into specific training issues and how he would look at them.

Understanding the body and movement
Specific training topics

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Further reading

The following links were referenced in the podcast or provide some additional reading material on the topic:

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  • You can learn more about Barton on the Health Collab website. You can also check out his Q Swim app, or read a bit about it here.
  • The project in Signapore is under the guidance of coach Stephan Widmer, who was a guest on GAINcast 110.  Singapore-based coach developer Troy Engle was also a guest on GAINcast 143.
  • Swimming has also been covered on many episodes, such as GAINcast 52 with the Carmel Swim Club, GAINcast 75 with Michigan’s Jim Richardson, GAINcast 29 with Tennessee’s Matt Kredich, and GAINcast 66 with top club coach Chris Webb. We’ve also had swimming S&C coach Nick Folker as a guest on HMMR Podcast Episode 53.
  • We have had guests from physiotherapy and athletic training on GAINcast 45 with Randy Ballard, GAINcast 49 with Bill Knowles, and GAINcast 141 with Ed Ryan.
  • For more on yoga, listen to GAINcast 25 with Steve Myrland.