CORE Sports and Performance Bodywork

This 3-day seminar will examine the four basic styles of performance inherent in all athletic disciplines. Utilizing structural integration and myofascial therapy theories and techniques that are appropriate for each style of performance, participants will focus on developing training and event protocols for endurance, sprint, power, and multi-skilled athletes. Presentations on performance mechanics, somatotypes, and the balancing of the autonomic nervous system will highlight a comprehensive study of advanced therapies for the athletic performer.
Myofascial treatment for the legs, hips, back, shoulders and neck will be taught in an integrated manner that includes bodyreading, region-specific protocols, and client-education strategies. The treatment protocols address both extrinsic and intrinsic tissues that are fundamental to optimal performance. Athletic clients will notice an improvement in structural balance, movement patterns and flexibility, while experiencing a decrease in acute and chronic pain.
This course is approximately 85% hands on work with the remaining time on Lecture and body reading analysis.
Day One – Foundations
The first day of the seminar will present an introduction to the Myofascial system and how it relates to sport, general body reading techniques. It will introduce
the primary concepts of the physical and psychological demands of training and performance for all athletes. A breakdown of somatotypes and their inherent strengths and challenges will be used to discuss the development of bodywork protocols for the endurance, sprint, power, and multi-skilled athlete. Myofascial and structural techniques for legs, pelvis, and back will be presented for both training and performance cycles.
Day Two – Advanced Methods
The second day of the seminar will present advanced strategies for developing protocols that are both sport-specific and performance-level based. Techniques for working with intrinsic myofascial tissues of the axial and apendicular regions and strategies to balance tile autonomic nervous system will be taught. Advanced protocols for the arms, shoulders, chest, neck, and head will also be presented.
Day Three – Integration & Conclusion
The final day focuses on the integration of the CORE techniques. At the conclusion of the seminar participants will be able to organize a manual therapy treatment plan for athletic performers based upon the demands of the sport or performance on a specific body type at various points in the athlete’s training, development and competition.
This 3-day seminar is taught by George P. Kousaleos, founder of the CORE Institute in Tallahassee, Florida. George has been an international leader in myofascial therapy, structural integration and sports & performance bodywork. He was the General Manager for the 1995-96 British Olympic Association Preparation Camp Sports Massage Team, and was the Co-Director of the Athens 2004 International Sports Massage Team.
George currently leads the CORE Sports Bodywork team that works with the Florida State University National Champion Football Team.