Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Supertraining Insights

A couple of interesting paragraphs from Mel Siff's Supertraining:

"The importance of ballistic activity to humankind recently has been shown to extend far beyond the realms of sport. Neurophysiologist, William Calvin, has proposed the fascinating hypothesis that the brain's planning of ballistic movements may have played a major role in the development of language, music and intelligence over the ages (Scientific American, Oct 1994). He makes this proposal, since ballistic movements and language processes involve some of the same regions of the brain, in particular those associated with sequencing and planning. In reaching this conclusion, he emphasizes that ballistic movements, unlike cocontractive slower movements, require a great amount of planning and problem solving. Slow movements may be corrected readily by ongoing feedback information, but ballistic movements require the brain to determine every detail of the action in advance by mentally planning the exact sequence of neural activation for numerous individual muscles.

Apparently, parts of the language cortex of the brain serve a far more generalised function than previously suspected. It is implicated in the production of novel sequences of sensations and movements for both the hands and mouth, so that ballistic arm actions may play a role in mental development. Calvin adds that improvements in language skills might improve dexterity and vice versa. The emphasis placed by Russian coaches on athletes being able to accurately describe, draw and visualise sporting movements woudl appear to correlate with this proposal. Instead of simply executing entertaning plyometric drills like biological robots, athletes would be wll advised to integrate cognitive processes mroe actively into the training programs."

Cognition is a very important aspect of training.

If I understand why, I am more apt to do...



Mike T Nelson said...

Very interesting!

I know we chatted about this the other day on the phone, but the more efficient the athlete, the more it may "free up" the brain to plan for their sport?

For example, if you are efficient, you can think about your next move, what your opponent may do, etc. If your are INefficient, perhaps more of your brain is thinking about HOW you will move around them instead of WHEN?

Although I have not seen direct "hard" evidence, it only makes sense that as you move better, you feel better and your mood is better. I've seen this happen time and time again with myself and clients. The results can be quite dramatic within minutes once you get the key drill (movement).

Mike N

Aaron Schwenzfeier said...

I think your dead on.

You can play the game instead of trying to perform the skills.

And... the better your mindset (mood), the better you feel, and the better your movement will be.

Thoughts are neural synapses, as are motor patterns and all other processes. Neurosignatures...

Decrease threats, free up psychological energy.



Efficient movement equates to
a an overall gain in time.

Efficient movement distorts time...
as does inefficient movement.