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In this upcoming interview, John M. Mayer, DC, PhD, CCRP, FACSM will discuss his extensive clinical and research experience in occupational health, wellness, and therapeutic exercise. Dr. Mayer has led teams on numerous clinical trials across the country on various aspects of wellness, clinical management, and prevention funded through federal, state, industry, and foundation sources, including the largest single financial commitment by the US Department of Homeland Security on low back injury prevention in firefighters. Please comment below if you have any questions for us during the interview. I might choose some of them for our conversation.

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Join Dr. John Mayer and I as we discuss his extensive clinical and research experience in therapeutic exercise, wellness, chiropractic and first responders.  John M. Mayer, DC, PhD, CCRP, FACSM is the Lincoln Endowed Chair in Biomechanical & Chiropractic Research, Executive Director of the Center for Neuromusculoskeletal Research, and Professor of the School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences, Morsani College of Medicine, University of South Florida. He is Director of Research and Innovation for U.S. Spine & Sport Foundation, Chief Scientific Officer of Excellcior LLC, and Co-Founder of Pillar of Health LLC

Dr. Mayer obtained a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) degree from the National College of Chiropractic (currently known as National University of Health Sciences) and a PhD degree in Exercise Science/Science Education from Syracuse University. He is a licensed Chiropractic Physician in the state of Florida, a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (FACSM), and a Certified Clinical Research Professional (CCRP) from the Society of Clinical Research Associates. He has extensive clinical and research experience in occupational health, wellness, and therapeutic exercise. Dr. Mayer has led teams on numerous clinical trials across the country on various aspects of wellness, clinical management, and prevention funded through federal, state, industry, and foundation sources, including the largest single financial commitment by the US Department of Homeland Security on low back injury prevention in firefighters. He serves on the Scientific Secretariat for the Global Spine Care Initiative and Clinical and the Scientific Advisory Board for World Spine Care. Dr. Mayer received the 2012 Safety Award from Tampa Fire Rescue, 2014 “Researcher of the Year” Award by the American Chiropractic Association, and 2015 “Outstanding Research Achievement Award” by USF.

View Dr. Mayer’s research publications on Research Gate.

Here is a listing of the articles we discussed today:

1. Effect of Lumbar Progressive Resistance Exercise on Lumbar Muscular Strength and Core Muscular Endurance in Soldiers.
Mayer JM, Childs JD, Neilson BD, Chen H, Koppenhaver SL, Quillen WS.
Mil Med. 2016 Nov;181(11):e1615-e1622.
PMID: 27849497 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
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2. Impact of a supervised worksite exercise program on back and core muscular endurance in firefighters.
Mayer JM, Quillen WS, Verna JL, Chen R, Lunseth P, Dagenais S.
Am J Health Promot. 2015 Jan-Feb;29(3):165-72. doi: 10.4278/ajhp.130228-QUAN-89.
PMID: 24524384 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
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3. Worksite back and core exercise in firefighters: Effect on development of lumbar multifidus muscle size.
Mayer JM, Nuzzo JL.
Work. 2015;50(4):621-7. doi: 10.3233/WOR-141831.
PMID: 24448017 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
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4. Evidence-informed management of chronic low back pain with lumbar extensor strengthening exercises.
Mayer J, Mooney V, Dagenais S.
Spine J. 2008 Jan-Feb;8(1):96-113. doi: 10.1016/j.spinee.2007.09.008. Review.
PMID: 18164458 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
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Dr. Alice KongstedJoin Dr. Kongsted and I as we discuss her unique role as an author of the recent groundbreaking Lancet series of articles on Low Back Pain as well as many other topics. Alice Kongsted, DC, PhD graduated from the University of Southern Denmark in 1999 and completed her PhD at the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Southern Denmark in 2005. Up till 2009 she had clinical work as a chiropractor alongside her academic work, mainly in an outpatient hospital department. Currently she holds a position as senior researcher at the Nordic Institute of Chiropractic and Clinical Biomechanics (NIKKB) and a position as Associate Professor at the Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics at University of Southern Denmark. At NIKKB she has set up a network of chiropractic primary care research clinics that regularly participates in data collection for research purposes, the data being made available to researchers both inside and outside NIKKB. Her research interests concern spinal pain with a focus on primary care. This includes investigating the prognosis of spinal pain and why people have different outcomes.

Lately, she has been much occupied with a large project exploring ways to implement evidence-based care in practice. She has an interest in methodology and has taught PhD courses on prognostic research at University of Southern Denmark and at Curtin University in Perth, Australia. Alice Kongsted is an Associate Editor of BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders and she is a member of the editorial board for Chiropractic & Manual Therapies. She has been involved in The Danish Health Authority’s development of three national clinical guidelines for treatment of lumbar radiculopathy, cervical radiculopathy and of non-specific neck pain. She was part of the Lancet Low Back Pain Series Working Group that published three papers in March 2018 to call for worldwide recognition of the disability associated with back pain and the need for prioritizing this globally growing problem. This Lancet series will be a focus of our conversation today.

Visit Dr. Kongsted’s research profile at researchgate.net.

Here is a list of articles Dr. Kongsted mentions during the interview:

1. Prevention and treatment of low back pain: evidence, challenges, and promising directions.
Foster NE, Anema JR, Cherkin D, Chou R, Cohen SP, Gross DP, Ferreira PH, Fritz JM, Koes BW, Peul W, Turner JA, Maher CG; Lancet Low Back Pain Series Working Group.
Lancet. 2018 Mar 20. pii: S0140-6736(18)30489-6. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(18)30489-6. [Epub ahead of print] Review.
PMID: 29573872 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]
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2. Low back pain: a call for action.
Buchbinder R, van Tulder M, Öberg B, Costa LM, Woolf A, Schoene M, Croft P; Lancet Low Back Pain Series Working Group.
Lancet. 2018 Mar 20. pii: S0140-6736(18)30488-4. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(18)30488-4. [Epub ahead of print]
PMID: 29573871 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]
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3. What low back pain is and why we need to pay attention.
Hartvigsen J, Hancock MJ, Kongsted A, Louw Q, Ferreira ML, Genevay S, Hoy D, Karppinen J, Pransky G, Sieper J, Smeets RJ, Underwood M; Lancet Low Back Pain Series Working Group.
Lancet. 2018 Mar 20. pii: S0140-6736(18)30480-X. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(18)30480-X. [Epub ahead of print] Review.
PMID: 29573870 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]
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4. Identifying subgroups of patients using latent class analysis: should we use a single-stage or a two-stage approach? A methodological study using a cohort of patients with low back pain.
Nielsen AM, Kent P, Hestbaek L, Vach W, Kongsted A.
BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2017 Feb 1;18(1):57. doi: 10.1186/s12891-017-1411-x.
PMID: 28143458 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE] Free PMC Article
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5. What have we learned from ten years of trajectory research in low back pain?
Kongsted A, Kent P, Axen I, Downie AS, Dunn KM.
BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2016 May 21;17:220. doi: 10.1186/s12891-016-1071-2.
PMID: 27209166 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE] Free PMC Article
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Dr. Dean SmithListen as Dr. Gregory Cramer interviews Dr. Dean Smith regarding his research involving chiropractic as well as exercise on response time, letters to editor and case studies. Dr. Dean Smith is a senior clinical faculty member in the Department of Kinesiology and Health at Miami University. He also maintains a private practice of chiropractic in Eaton, Ohio at Essence of Wellness Chiropractic Center. He is founder and host of Chiropractic Science – this podcast. Chiropractic Science is dedicated to publicizing chiropractic research through podcast interviews with leading chiropractic scientists.

In his private practice, Dr. Smith incorporates lifestyle intervention (exercise, nutrition, other non-drug methods) with chiropractic adjustments and other manual methods to encourage wellness. He has been in practice now for 20+ years. Dr. Smith’s education includes a bachelor’s degree in human biology, a master’s degree in exercise science, a doctor of chiropractic degree and a PhD in brain and cognitive science with a focus on motor behavior and postural control.

His research interests lie broadly in the area of human movement and coordination. He is most interested in how chiropractic, exercise and rehabilitation affect human performance. His scientific articles have been published in such journals as Human Movement Science, Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, Chiropractic Research Journal, Chiropractic and Osteopathy and The Open Neurology Journal.

Dr. Smith has played several competitive sports such as soccer, hockey and golf. He had a varsity golf scholarship at Miami University where he now teaches and does research. He has provided chiropractic care to professional athletes including Women’s Tennis Association tour pros at the Canadian Open. He also works with varsity university and high school athletes. Dr. Smith is also an Internationally Certified Chiropractic Sports Practitioner (ICCSP).

Here is a link to Dr. Smith’s research articles on research gate.

Below are some articles we discuss in this podcast episode: