June Chapter Meeting – The ONE, The ONLY David Gonzalez Brings us “Understanding Muscle Contraction”

Our FSMTA Brother from South Florida will take your understanding of kinesiology to another level. If you are a student of sports or medical massage, this is an absolute MUST SEE.   Don’t miss our friend David!


Keiser University Auditorium    Wednesday June 8th    5:30pm   2 CE’s awarded for members      $25.00 to receive CE’s for non members or expired members



The goal of this lecture is to review and discuss the basic concepts of muscle contraction and how muscle imbalances can develop as a result of improper posture or just from activities of daily living. The concepts of isometric and isotonic muscle contractions will be reviewed in conjunction to the different function of muscles as pertaining to prime movers, synergist, fixators and antagonist actions. Tips to develop proper muscle balance and strength will also be included in order to help the massage therapist understand how to develop proper patterns of movement in order to maintain proper alignment as they work with themselves and their respective clientele.

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David R. Gonzalez


David R. Gonzalez received his master degree in Exercise and Sports Science with a concentration in Performance Enhancement & Injury Prevention from California University of Pennsylvania and his bachelor degree in Sports and Exercise Science with concentration in Cardiac Rehab & Strength & Conditioning from Florida International University. He also graduated from the Physical Therapy Assistant program in Miami Dade College.

David is the owner of the Institute of Functional Performance, a company dedicated to providing quality and professional services in the areas of Fitness, Massage and Bodywork and Physical Therapy. He also provides educational seminars and CEU classes for massage therapists and personal trainers. He is licensed as a physical therapist assistant and massage therapist in the state of Florida and has been a certified personal trainer for the last 16 years. By combining his expertise, David has been able to maximize his practice by integrating the best of bodywork manipulations and exercise in order to help improve health, resulting in excellent quality of care to his patients and clients.

Besides working for IFP, David is also an Assistant Professor at Miami Dade College where he teaches in the massage therapy program. Some of David’s work experience includes positions as personal trainer and massage therapist for the prestigious Turnberry Isle Resort & Club in Aventura, Fla, Nunez Tennis Academy, Pritikin Longevity Center and Florida College of Natural Health.

He is currently a member of American Physical Therapy Association, Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, the National Strength and Conditioning Association, the American College of Sports Medicine, and the Florida State Massage Therapy Association, where he is the First Vice President and Chair of the Education & Sports Massage Therapy Team’s Dade County Chapter.

Some of his accomplishments include being elected three times (2005, 2008 & 2010) Sports Massage Therapist of the Year by the Florida State Massage Therapy Association in Dade County. He was also elected Teacher of the Year while teaching at the Florida College of Natural Health and was a Teacher of the Year nominee for the state of Florida’s Career College Association (CCA), both in 2003.

David holds certifications with the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) as Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) as Health & Fitness Instructor (ACSM-HFI), and the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) as Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) and Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES). He is also certified with the American Red Cross as a CPR & AED Instructor and with Kinesio as a Certified Kinesiotaping Practitioner (CKTP).

– See more at: http://www.ifpfitness.com/about-us#sthash.aSW8ZrYt.dpuf

Thank you Chapter for your Participation in the Silent Auction! Happening Each Meeting!

As an LMT, your awareness of Massage Legislation is vital now then ever! Due to Bills moving through Congress, our Florida Massage Scope of Practice must change to keep up with the times.   The FDA has drafted changes to their definitions of Drug, Botanical and Cosmetic and these impact our work and tool set as massage therapists.  As we do yearly, each chapter is organizing to visit our legislators in Tallahassee in the Winter Session to represent our position as a profession. This session, we hope to bring a mass of Support.

Each month through our  annual visit to the State Capitol, we will offer at least one basket of various goodies to be auctioned off silently. ALL proceeds from these sales are being deposited in our Tallahassee fund.

Without Legislative representatives, we would be voiceless as a Profession. Though not often spoken of in most chapter meetings, your individual Legislative Representatives are a key voice to a process that impacts all of us. Get to know your own Chapter’s Legislative Contact–our’s is our Vice President,  Jim Oddie —fvpolitics@gmail.com.  I provide binders full of research at each chapter meeting up on the front table, feel free to read for yourself all that is going on.

Accepting donations toward the baskets, whether you wish to bring in a full basket of your own, or items to share in the baskets I put together.   Join us in community on this-we need your help, this is larger then Flagler Volusia. This impacts massage in Florida.

We have $160 toward the trip thus far! THANK YOU

Joyce Inderkum, your Treasurer, Sports Team Captain and State Social Media Chairman