Tuesday, October 28, 2008


The fundamental rhythm is the heartbeat, all other rhythms cognate off of this.

One can postulate many theories related to the effects of good rhythm. Good rhythm is critical in good movement and is important to follow in training. Rhythms are also important in all aspects of life: biochemically, physiologically, and behaviorally. Abiding by these takes care of some very basic survival needs, opening the doors to improved human performance in all facets of life, especially athleticism.

I don't think it's a coincidence that societies that put a large emphasis on music and dance seem to evolve some very athletic individuals. Rhythm is highly emphasized in these societies.


Wednesday, October 22, 2008


A few points about movement and breathing Also follow this link to some very good, recent blog posts by Carl Valle.

-If you don't have the motor skills to actively move a joint, then you for sure won't have the skills to control and "stabilize" that joint. If you look at all forms of motor development, it starts with learning how to move it first, then control and "stabilize" it second. Movement precedes all else.

-If we are concerned about where the motion is occuring in a particular exercise, then it needs to be coached well. I think we need to demand athletes to learn how to move correctly, instead of avoiding certain exercises and then just opting for easier exercises to teach. The arguments will invariably come up that it is just too hard for the athletes to learn; my question, 'is it really, or is it that we just don't want to take the time to make them learn it correctly'. Again, if we can not actively create a movement or move a specific joint, then how can we effectively stabilize it.

-Good dance choreographers get it and have been getting it for a long time. A lot of the good movement training info I have come across has come from dance. Good track and field coaches have great movement training techniques, their jobs rest on teaching efficient movement. Sometimes the best movement info comes outside our "normal" realm, so don't discredit anything.

-What leads to movement dysfunction in the first place? Lack of movement. What is going to get you out of dysfunction? Movement. Contracting muscles in static positions, is not movement training and most likely will not transfer. It sure would be nice to train static to get dynamic, but I don't believe it is going to happen.

-Every moment with an athlete is an assessment.

-We all know the importance of proper breathing patterns. Addressing breathing is a good start in improving overall health, but the evaluation needs to be made as to why an altered breathing pattern is present in the first place. Psychological factors play a large role in this, both conscious and sub-conscious. Stress factors, in any form, must be controlled to maintain any effects of respiratory re-training. It would be like doing an hour or two of mobility work, but then sitting at a desk for another 8 hours in the day. In other words... beating your head against a wall.