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Balance- The foundation of all movement is balance. The better our balance, the easier it is for us to move in longer strides and more complex movement patterns. Without great balance, every movement is slower and less fluid. Without great balance, every athlete is slower and less fluid. Athleticism is improved from the ground up.
Improve Balance, Improve Movement.
Proprioception- The body's awareness of where it is in relation to the world around it, without using the eyes for information. In movement across a field or a court, the athletes feet are giving him/her critical information (through proprioception as they are not looking at their feet) on each and every foot contact on the ground. The faster the athlete can interpret that information, the faster they can take the next step.When we improve proprioception, we decrease ground contact time, and thus increase quickness and explosiveness.
Speed of Processing- (SOP) How quickly the mind can pick up on a visual cue and understand it. By increasing speed of processing, the THINK aspect of the game, you will greatly improve your ability to make the right decisions at the right times. Fortunately, speed of processing can be trained just like any other skill. There are many cognitive training platforms to choose from, though it is highly recommended that all athletes choose platforms that are supported by true evidence-based, peer-reviewed papers. We love Brain HQ!
Symmetry- Achieving balance of the body and the mind by correcting any imbalances. Athletic Evaluations are aimed at correcting weaknesses and imbalances. Knowing the athlete is only as strong as their weakest link, we fix weaknesses before developing strengths. This eliminates the need for the athlete to compensate.Train the athlete, not their compensatory process.
Reaction Time- ON YOUR MARK, GET SET, GO! We’ve all heard this before. But this simple phrase is actually missing a step. In between GO and the actual motion is an entire series of cognitive events that create a time gap between perception and achievement. This time gap is known as your reaction time. No matter how well trained the athlete is physically, if their speed of processing is slow, they will be slow.
(True) Agility-The reaction of an athlete to a stimulus. Every movement on the court, ice or field is elicited by a stimulus, which in itself is the definition of agility. If the athlete knows where they are going in advance of the movement itself, you are training change of direction and NOT AGILITY! EVERY sport requires TRUE Agility!!!
Reactive Strength- The most important measurement to determine movement as it relates to sport. By frequently measuring an athlete's RSI (Reactive Strength Index), we can determine two things...IF the athlete is making progress and WHICH factor of performance needs to be improved first. With this information, we can carefully monitor athletic development and make changes to programming when necessary.
Explosive Strength- Explosive strength is the ability to exert maximal force in minimal time.