DNS: Exercise Part 2 – Toronto 2018

With Dr Richard Ulm, DC


About the Presenter

Richard Ulm is a former national caliber track and field athlete and university strength coach.  He has competed at several USA National Track & Field Championships, including the 2004 Olympic trials, and has trained the full range of athletes from average personal training clients to Olympians.  He received his Doctorate of Chiropractic from the National University of Health Sciences and now practices in his multi-physician clinic in Dublin, OH.

In his practice (the Columbus Chiropractic and Rehabilitation Center) he integrates his background in athletics with the DNS principles to provide the full spectrum of care from initial treatment to performance/technique work.  In addition to the DNS developmental exercises and evaluations, Dr. Ulm utilizes a lot of manual therapy with his patients.  He is fortunate to be able to treat an incredibly wide variety of patients from failed surgeries to professional athletes.  DNS has profoundly influenced the way he assesses, treats, and trains athletes.

In addition to teaching for Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization, Dr. Ulm speaks around the country on strength training, Olympic weightlifting technique, manual therapy and rehabilitation.


DNS Exercise Course for Health Care & Exercise Professionals

This course is Part 2 of the DNS Exercise Course series, which is designed to introduce DNS principles as it relates to exercise and fitness training.

Etiology of musculoskeletal pain, in particular back pain, is often evaluated from an anatomical and biomechanical standpoint, and the influence of external forces (i.e. loading) acting on the spine.  What is often missing is the evaluation of internal forces induced by the patient’s own musculature. The stabilizing function of muscles plays a critical and decisive postural role, which in turn, is dependent on the quality of central nervous system (CNS) control. Kolar’s approach to Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS) is a new and unique approach explaining the importance of the neurophysiological principles of the movement system. The DNS encompasses principles of developmental kinesiology during the 1st year of the life; these principles define ideal posture, breathing stereotypes and functional joint centration from a “neurodevelopmental” paradigm. DNS presents a critical set of functional tests to analyze the quality of functional stability of the spinal and joint stabilizers, and to assist in finding the “key link” of dysfunction. The stabilization training approach is based on ontogenetic global postural-locomotor patterns. The primary goal is to optimize distribution of internal forces of the muscles acting on each segment of the spine and/or any other joint. In the DNS training concept, client education and participation are imperative to reinforce ideal coordination among all stabilizing muscles to achieve the best sport performance.

DNS Exercise Course attendees are advised how to start the training of ideal postural-stabilization function in basic, i.e. the easiest, positions and how to progress with the exercise by using more challenging positions, applying resistance and/or by adding limb movement to meet client’s specific requirements and sport goals.

Target audience: Clinicians,  trainers, coaches, body work therapists, exercise physiologists & kinesiologists. Please contact the local organizer if you are part of a group that is not listed.

Course Objectives

  • Review of developmental kinesiology in the context of adult optimal posture, sports performance, global motor patterns and the relationship to enhancing outcomes in sport and human movement.
  • Demonstrate exercises in higher developmental positions – tripod, bear, squat, lunge, step up and its modifications & training of body awareness.
  • Demonstrate exercises utilizing the principles of developmental kinesiology with elastic bands,barbells, weights, and gymballs.
  • Discuss & demonstrate DNS exercises for specific sport techniques: throwing, jumping, stroke, skating etc.


February 10-11, 2018
Saturday: 11:30am - 7:30pm
Sunday: 8:00am - 2:00pm



Toronto, ON


333 Bay St., 15th Floor
Toronto, ON M5H 2R2


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