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McGill: Back Mechanic – Working with the Back Pained Client by Joel Proskewitz

We are happy to announce that Joel Proskewitz will hold an event in Ljubljana, Slovenia at Visokošolski zavod Fizioterapevtika on 22nd of September 2018.

Joel Proskewitz is an internationally acclaimed strength coach and therapist who works with Professor Stuart McGill (head of spinal biomechanics – University of Waterloo, Canada) in the rehabilitation of lower back pathologies. He is also an assistant instructor for Prof. McGill on the McGill clinical courses and a lead instructor for the McGill Trainer courses.

Enrollment and info here: jure.gubanc@kinvital.si


Short summary

This one day course is especially made for physical therapists and rehab specialists who deal with clients with back pain. Both lectures and workshops provide delegates with background information on the mechanisms that cause back pain and how these can be assessed and addressed with movement and exercise programming that adhere to the principles of Professor McGill.

This process creates clients who are then liberated to begin training. Then specific principles are workshopped to create pain-free and injury resilient movement/motor patterns, that enables the trainer to move on to more typical programming.

This course builds complete rehab approach from assessment and pain- trigger identification to exercise modification and long term pain prevention.

Invitation from Joel

Conversation with Joel

Description of topics covered

Introduction – 30 mins

  • Expect – simple pain assessment and guidance for programming and technique
  • Not expect – this is back mechanic not back engineer
  • Myths and code for a healthy back

Self Assessment –  90mins (find the pain)

  • Theory and workshop assessment tests.
  • Create a plan
  • Terminal Test – self assessment start to finish

Removing the cause: Spine Hygiene – 90mins (Pain avoidance – build resilience)

  • Theory and workshop
  • Terminal Tests

Building the foundation for a pain-free and resilient Back – 90mins (how to begin rehab)

  • Guy wire system – theory – teaching points
  • Neutral spine – theory – teaching points
  • Core program (Big 3, walking, cat/camel, pain avoidance)
  • Curl Up – theory – teaching points -practise
  • Bird Dog – theory – teaching points – practise
  • Plank – theory – practise – teaching points – practise
  • Restoring the hips
  • The Walking program
  • Application and programming
  • Terminal Test – Answer teaching points on guywire, neutral spine.
  • Teach Big 3
  • Apply programming principles

Tuning the machine – 90mins

  • Push Exercises
  • Pull Exercises
  • Nerve flossing
  • Thoracic extension
  • The Lewit
  • Special population
  • Full example of pain patient – start to finish


  • Recap
  • Q and A

Contact, additional information and payment

For any seminar enquires and questions about accomodation, payment, location, sights to visit in Ljubljana or Slovenia please contact:


As we succesfully organized a two-day seminar with Stuart Mcgill in February this year, we decided to invite more known experts from around the world and bring them to this part of Europe. As a logical continuation from Stuart’s course in February  (Building the ultimate back: From Rehabilitation to Performance), Joel Proskewitz (McGill provider) will offer us expanded look  into exercise programming that adhere to the principles of Professor McGill.


On the same month we’re hosting another known name in the industry. Dr. John Rusin will hold an event in Ljubljana, Slovenia on 29th and 30th of September 2018. 

More information about the event in the link below:

The Pain-free Performance Training System by Dr. John Rusin – 29th and 30th of September 2018


Course organisers reserve the right to make alterations to fees, arrangements and dates for teaching and learning sessions, including the decision to run all or parts of the course in the light of demand. In the event that the course is cancelled or re-scheduled by the course organiser, a full refund of fees will be given, but organizer takes no responsibility for travel or accommodation expenses incurred by the delegate. If for any reason you are unable to attend the seminar please be aware that fees will be refunded, less a €10 administration charge, for all cancellations received at least 30 days before the event. Cancellations received after the 30 day period but 7 days prior to the seminar date will receive a 50% refund less the €10 administration charge. No refunds can be given after this time. Contractual disclaimer: KinVital acts in good faith with respect to the contents of this course information and advertisement material. KinVital does not accept liability resulting in refunds for the content and delivery of the event itself, which remains at the sole discretion of the course speakers and contributors.