Monday, July 28, 2008

More stuff

Vern Gambetta has a great post today on the difference between training and coaching. Great insights and distinctions...

Few more random points

1. The spine needs good mobility. As we age this is one of the first areas of the body to lose mobility; this causes problems. The key is increasing the proprioceptive awareness of the entire spine and the only way to do this is through moving the entire spine through full ranges of motion. If we have great spine awareness and mobility, things tend to function very well.

Mike Nelson wrote a good article about lumbar spine mobility about a year ago. A very good read.

Professor Serge Gracovetsky, who proposed the spinal engine theory, has a good interview here on the movement of the spine.

2. Watch any great dancers and they have tremendous spine mobility, and my guess is most don't have back issues... Just tremendous spine proprioception.

3. Anything that has a nervous system is designed for movement. We were not designed to not move...


Wednesday, July 16, 2008

5 Randoms

1. If you move well you most likely won't have pain or injury, and if you don't have pain or injury then you'll be more likely to move well.

2. One thing I really like to watch is how 2 and 3 year olds walk; very minimal force impact at heel strike (they basically just lay the foot flat on the ground each step), smooth rolling of the hips, completely relaxed arm swing, etc.

3. In many athletic movements (key: well performed athletic movements), the hamstrings and rectus femoris perform more as isometric muscles, allowing the tendons of these muscles to create and transfer force.

4. This is a huge problem and it affects EVERYONE.

5. Movement is improved through motor learning. The key is focus and specific control. I can't learn something without focus (motor LEARNING), and I can't use something if I can't control it (motor CONTROL). Motor learning takes focus and practice. If the correct movement is performed, the muscles will do their job.


Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Movement Lesions

Many stroke victims can potentially restore most, if not all, function of affected limbs through a method called constraint-induced movement therapy.

Many of these stroke victims have brain lesions, some massive, in the areas that control their movement; these victims have brain damage yet they can learn to move again! Most athletes don't have brain damage... so why can't athletes learn to move well... VERY well?

There should be no reason "healthy" athletes can't drastically improve movement control and mobility to unforeseen levels, when many stroke victims can restore much of the motor control of their limbs, minus certain parts of their brain.