Dr. Stuart M. McGill is a professor emeritus, University of Waterloo, where he was a professor for 30 years. His laboratory and experimental research clinic investigated issues related to the causal mechanisms of back pain, how to rehabilitate back-pained people and enhance both injury resilience and performance. His advice is often sought by governments, corporations, legal experts, medical groups and elite athletes and teams from around the world.

His work produced over 240 peer-reviewed scientific journal papers, several textbooks, and many international awards. He mentored over 37 graduate students during this scientific journey. During this time he taught thousands of clinicians and practitioners in professional development and continuing education courses around the world. He continues as the Chief Scientific Officer for Backfitpro Inc. Difficult back cases are regularly referred to him for consultation. Any product associated with this website has been tested in Dr. McGill’s laboratory.



Kathryn and Stuart talk about movement, human bodies in sport, progressive adaptation, and the spine. Stuart shares some insights on how the spine adapts to stress, and why it’s important to stay below the tipping point. They talk about full body training rather than isolated training, and Stuart gives some examples of body types that would excel in certain sports based on joint shape. They also talk about different types of tissue i.e. muscle and bone and how they adapt at different rates.

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