Hump Day Hustling – Weekly Research Summary – May 1, 2024

Non-compete ban, exploring non motorized curved treadmill running mechanics, and much more in this week’s hump day hustling! If you want to dive deeper with ICE content check out our Upcoming Courses and Specialty Certifications!


Should we aim higher than “well”?


Jenna Muri-Rosenthal is a fitness forward SLP and CrossFit athlete who owns “fit to function recovery” , where she blends functional fitness and cognitive rehab. She raps on this “Know Stroke” podcast episode about how medical professionals preach to stroke survivors about eating right sleeping right taking their BP etc – all things to help them get “well,” but “why can’t we be better than well? And what is really the opposite of sickness? It isn’t just wellness, it’s fitness.”

Back Squat

Barbell Vs Safety Bar

A Biomechanical Comparison Between the Safety-Squat Bar and Traditional Barbell Back Squat

15 active men aged 19-27 performed barbell back squats & safety bar squats at 85% of their 1RM and were analyzed for biomechanical effects. The barbell back squat resulted in statistically significant higher angles of hip flexion, ankle plantarflexion angles, and hip extensor torque. The safety bar squat produced greater degrees of knee flexion. Individuals lifted significantly more weight with the barbell back squat than the safety bar squat.

Takeaways? Traditionally the safety squat is used for individuals who have upper extremity limitations to performing the barbell back squat, but this research shows that the greater vertical angle of the trunk & deeper knee flexion may be appropriate for a wider range of athletes & patients such as those dealing with low back pain, especially if lower loads are needed to also help with symptoms. It may also be a great accessory lift to improve knee flexion.

Non-Competes Banned Nationwide

Legal challenges expected

FTC announces rule banning non competes. Hopefully a permanent end to PTs and other professionals being trapped in jobs they don’t like out of fear of legal retaliation should they move on and pursue their dreams!

Important changes

  • Will become illegal across the country to ask workers to sign a non-compete
  • All existing non-competes will be unenforceable in court
    • Exceptions: C-suite level executives earning more than $151,164 are exempt
  • Would be fully implemented into federal law & unchallengeable unless challenged by the Supreme Court or executive veto by the President on or before August 24, 2024.

Business lobby groups are already digging in for the fight, fingers crossed this legislation prevails! We’ll keep you closely updated on progress as it unfolds!

Running Mechanics

Non motorized curved treadmills

We’ve been getting a lot of questions recently about the difference in mechanics on a traditional flat treadmill versus a non motorized curved one. If this is a topic of interest for you, check out this 2023 article in Journal of Sports Sciences comparing biomechanics while running on non-motorized curved treadmills, motorized treadmills, and running overground.

Results of this study found higher knee flexion during the stance phase (3.6 deg difference) in overground compared to motorized treadmill and overground compared to the non-motorized curved treadmill. Ankle flexion was also higher during overground running, however the differences was less than 1 degree. No significant changes were found in frontal or transverse plane mechanics (rotation, add/abduction) between either treadmill and overground, however these mechanics were highly variable.

Although differences in running mechanics were found when comparing motorized/non-motorized treadmills and overground running, it remains to be seen how large of a difference is required to be clinically significant. The results of this study also suggest that running mechanics on a motorized treadmill are more similar to overground running than running mechanics on a non-motorized curved treadmill.

Sponsor Corner

Switching EMRs: Questions to ask before moving your data

Sponsor Corner: Jane App

If you’re in the early stages of researching software and feeling a little overwhelmed by the process of transferring your important data, you’re not alone. Here are 3 things to keep in mind before importing your data to a new EMR:

  1. 1. Do they have a knowledgeable imports team? Look for an experienced team that’s well-versed in importing from various software so they know the best way to support you during your import.
  2. 2. What are other users’ experiences? Seek out online community groups or reputable websites like Capterra to hear honest feedback from past and current customers.
  3. 3. Are there additional fees for data transfer? Avoid unwanted surprises and make yourself aware of any extra costs associated with downloading data from your current software and uploading it to the new one.

Visit to read more practical tips for switching software or to book a 1-on-1 demo.

PTonICE Rewind

Did you miss any of our ICE Physio podcasts last week? Well here you go!

Monday: “Pain in the vag: A case study” (April Dominick)
Tuesday: “Loading the spine: Speed and fatigue” (Brian Melrose)
Wednesday: “Osteoporosis: Diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment” (Dustin Jones)
Thursday: “Non-competes: Gone for good?” (Alan Fredendall)
Friday: “Fitness athlete footwear” (Guillermo Contreras)

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