Blackstone Affirms Stance on Ankle Holding

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It is often said that in his early days, the rapid ascent of Steve Schwarzman was attributable to the fact that due to his stature, Schwarzman was able to provide "support" to his superiors without resorting to ankle holding. This worked wonders for his endurance and longevity on most projects, and lessened the long term wear and tear of a financial career (the difference between the Emmitt Smiths and the Earl Campbells of the financial world). After all these years, Schwarzman's ankles remain virtually unscathed (pictured).
While many full-sized people can endure ankle holding for a year or two, its effects on posture and well-being act as a barrier to career progress. It is no secret that he who controls the path to safe and effective ankle holding controls the financial industry, which is why Blackstone is quietly amassing the "largest non-operative orthopedic-rehabilitation company in the world."
The Blackstone portfolio company ReAble Therapeutics agreed to buy DJO for $1.6 billion. DJO specializes in post-surgery pain therapy and leg/ankle braces. Blackstone bought Encore Medical Corp in 2006 and changed the company's name to ReAble, embodying the hope the given to perma-hunched associates. Along with last year's acquisition of Aircast, ReAble's purchase of DJO forms an entity that offers an unprecedented number of safe ways to go deep into the Blackstone night.
Blackstone endorsed the DJO acquisition based on the recent paper "Influence of passive or active holding ankle position on pelvic floor muscle strength in Blackstone associates" that demonstrates the positive effects of extended ankle-holding, primarily on the Pelvic Floor Muscle, or PFM.
Here's a summary of the study, from an abstract of the paper:
Method: Blackstone associates participated in testing of PFM strength changes in different ankle positions. PFM strength was measured by an intravaginal probe with surface electromyographic (EMG) electrodes. Each subject was asked to perform the PFM contractions while assuming a series of nine positions (e.g. - DCF, Cost of Capital Analysis, Deal Sourcing, Diligence) during which EMG recordings of the PFM were made.
Results: Greater PFM activity occurred in active holding ankle positions than passive holding ankle positions.
Conclusions: An upright standing posture that includes active holding ankle positions effectively facilitates PFM strength through muscles co-activation and synergy. Thus, we can apply active ankle positions in PFM training to enhance the effect of exercise in future.
Blackstone's ReAble to Acquire DJO for $1.6 Billion [Bloomberg]

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