Chalk Talk – #2 – Anatomy Resources

Chalk Talk is a new little show on the YouTube channel where I’ll try and take advantage of the video format to teach.

I got the idea for this episode because I pulled these two books out to investigate about a mild pain I had in my sacro-iliac joint. Whenever someone presents with pain or an injury I’m not familiar with, I’ll open up available resources, review the anatomy, and see if I can add any information to my thought process.

Additionally, when someone is new to the coaching or training realm, I recommend these books because they are a great way to learn or sustain musculoskeletal anatomy knowledge.

Discuss the topic, ask questions, and make requests in the comments.

10 thoughts on “Chalk Talk – #2 – Anatomy Resources

    • I don’t know why, but this is a weird question. His book is probably a very good starting point for most people. The Trigger Point book is just soft tissue, but I would say it’s a better approach to soft tissue work than the “pain, therefore I mash” method Kelly applies in general situations.

      • Yeah, upon you pointing it out, it is phrased quite strangely. Glad you could still provide a clear answer on it. Just trying to determine which one to put money into first. Thanks for the help.

  1. I ordered Trail Guide about 2 weeks ago and after reading your recommendation in older posts I also ordered Anatomy Without a Scalpel (already got Trigger Point Therapy). There were some discounts, so figured I’d just get them both right now.

    I know there is no definite order and you can do what you want. But I’m wondering if you would recommend studying Trail Guide and Anatomy Without a Scalpel one at a time (if so, which one would you start with? or is starting with either fine?), or use both at the same time to complement each other? I guess Trigger Point Therapy would be best after those 2?

    • The problem with Trail Guide for you in particular is that you aren’t in a class. When I went through that book the first time, I was using it to study bone and muscle models, then I was studying cadavers with the book. Use it as a reference when you’re focusing on a body part, but go ahead and give Kilgore’s book a read through because it’ll talk about some general mechanical things and give you a good intro to anatomy.

      • Thanks Justin, I’ll go and start with Anatomy without a Scalpel then. I kind of expected Trail Guide to be difficult on it’s own, but it looked really good and I really want to learn more. I’m a starting personal trainer with a good basic knowledge of anatomy. But that’s not enough for me, I’ve read tons on training and nutrition, but I want to get back to the basics and really work on anatomy etc. Not only to become a better PT for my clients, but also because I just really enjoy learning more and am really interested in this. So if there is anything else you can recommend, please let me know!

        I might even go through a Sports massage course so I can get some more practice and guidance while studying. I can practice on my friends and family, but I’m sure my boss and clients wouldn’t appreciate my using them (my clients) as guinea pigs hahah.

        • *With practice on family and friends I mean palpating and learning where structures lie. Not treating or massaging or anything like that, I know I’m not a physical therapist or massage therapist and won’t pretend to be.

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