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The tenets of the Fit2Play Framework.
Crawling wakes up many positive connections in the body and is one of the most important fundamental movement skills to emphasize in training -- regardless of the level of the athlete.
Being able to accelerate, decelerate, and change directions are requisites for athletic success and injury prevention. We teach by chunking down each part, then layer back together. Once they're competent with the movements, we create different configurations and apply to game-like situations.
Loaded carries are great for training the grip, work capacity (conditioning), core stability and strength, coordination, and improving shoulder function. We focus on posture (position), breathing, tension and relaxation (selective tension). How much, how far, and what type of carry is dependent on the athlete.
Jump training is great, but you must first learn how to load and land. If the set-up is off and the athlete is not using the proper timing and sequencing of muscles and limbs they will never fully express strength and power. If they cannot land with efficiency (absorb or control forces/bodyweight) they’ll be at risk for injury. You can see the second girl had a little wobble after the landing and it looks like she’s rolling her ankle -- she’s not, just recalibrating. Get 'em good at landing first.
Before we attempt to generate as much power as possible the athlete first learns how to shift and transfer bodyweight while controlling their Center Of Gravity. This “body-awareness” piece is vital to athletic development and is often overlooked.
Our focus this session was posture, breath, timing and sequencing of the movements: push-pull crawl, push-press, farmer carry and foot-hand crawl. At this stage in his training, how much and how fast is not as important as “how well” he moves.
Watching athletes move at speed is part of my intake. This performance test is showing how she accelerates, decelerates and changes direction. By watching her move and seeing how she expresses speed, agility, and quickness, we know what to do first -- her entry point.
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