SMP 110: Creating the Clinical Athlete

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Today’s guest is Dr. Quinn Henoch. He had a Doctorate of Physical Therapy and is the head of sports rehabilitation for JuggernautHQ in Orange County. He is also the founder of ClinicalAthlete, a network of health care professionals who focus on athletes performance-based needs. Quinn was Div 1-AA football defensive back, and he qualified for the 2015 National Championships as a 77kg weight lifter. He has also competed in powerlifting, Crossfit, and track and field.

Quinn received an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology and then worked as a strength coach. He felt like he had a gap in his knowledge and became interested in Physical Therapy. He also played football and then gravitated to weight lifting. His dream is to steer his own ship and work with motivated and driven athletes. He also worked with DarkSide Strength before moving on to Juggernaut. Quinn is a writer, speaker, coach, and entrepreneur that believes in taking performance and fitness to the next level.

Today’s topics include:

  • The job of a physical therapist to rehab and get the athlete back to strength training
  • Quinn’s caseload is primarily restoring movement for athletes who are already hurt, he focuses on weight lifting
  • The movements are predictable with snatches and clean jerks, that is the niche he has carved out
  • Quinn is a lifter and someone who rehabs lifters
  • Retraining movement to appropriately load for rehab, if Quinn wasn’t a lifter he feels he wouldn’t know how to do this, he walks the walk and understands the movement
  • Maintaining shoulder health – stop doing what is hurting your shoulder
  • Don’t stop training, just stop doing what is creating symptoms
  • Reposition something to change symptoms – change loads, bottoms up, supine kettlebell screwdrivers, well supported with external load builds strength, but alter the variation, so it can be loaded
  • Loaded carries can be good for shoulder health, if it doesn’t hurt
  • Mobility and flexibility – capacity for muscle to change length
  • Full range of motion – tissues adapt over time – stretching changes tolerance to stretching sensation – manipulating the muscle system
  • Load new range of motion so tissues will adapt, this process occurs over months
  • After years of training tissue changes structure, dancers or martial artists – that’s what training is
  • Developmental positions, break movement down into positions that create stability for the athlete – babies perfect squat – mobility – built to squat – they learned this exploring developmental positions – to teach someone to press drop to developmental positions – the base is lower – not fighting gravity – feeling more secure and more control
  • Movement variability – figure out how to move – half kneeling position and figure it out
  • Danger is decreased it is great for a gym and rehab setting
  • Training power variations – split snatch
  • Be skeptical and always learn – don’t buy into something without research

Links and resources:



DarkSide Strength

Catalyst Weight Lifting Library YouTube

Quinn Henoch facebook

Quinn Henoch Instagram

Quinn Henoch YouTube

[email protected]


“I am honored and blessed to be associated with Juggernaut” Dr. Quinn Henoch

“What can I do to fill in the gap to know how to rehab athletes? Physical Therapy is the perfect bridge.” Dr. Quinn Henoch

“I try to bridge the gap between injury and returning to play with my physical therapy” Dr. Quinn Henoch

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