Friday 25 October 2013

Fundamental Movements of Athletes and of Life

Posted by at 1:28 PM

Fundamental Movements of Athletes and of Life

 When analyzing human motion and athletic endeavors...whether we are analyzing a worker lifting boxes or an athlete blocking at the line: all “tasks” can be broken down in to fundamental movements.  

Training for improved performance, rehabbing an injury , or working with a sport specific skill: fundamental movements must be successful for the the end result to be successful.

In other words, before the end task can be correctly and explosively performed, the components of the motion need to be able to be successfully performed. 

In a more obvious example: it is difficult to perform a lay-up in basketball (running and  dribbling simultaneously then propelling off of one leg while shooting and then landing safely.... if one first can not successfully jump off of one leg and land successfully without a basketball then we can hardly expect one to do it while shooting a basketball and then also be successful in making the basket. 

What are those fundamental movements?:

  1. Lunging
  2. Squatting
  3. Pushing
  4. Pulling
  5. Reaching
  6. Jumping
  7. Hopping

So next time you have a patient that has pain with a certain task that is painful or an athlete that needs to perfect a sport specific skill(ie block at the line/throw a ball/swing a golf club)...break it down in to the fundamental movements...train those fundamental movements...bringing more athleticism to the client/patient before “putting it all together into the task”.    

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