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Does this make Sense to you?

post #1 of 6
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As Spag would say, "A lttle help, here!" I would love to know if this concept is comprehensible to the general population, or is it just techno-babble 'trainer speak"?

This is a concept that is being presented in the fitness industry, especially to trainers who either work with athletes, or do post rehab work.

In the past, if someone had a problem with performing a certain skill, or, if they seem to be susceptible to a specific type of injury, either the fitness coach or physical therapist would try to determine what muscles needed stretching, and what muscles needed strengthening.

But according to some of todays top sports medicine experts, stretching the tight muscles and strengthening the weak muscles only solves half the problem. Quite often, difficulty with a specific skill, as well as susceptibility to injury is a result of a faulty muscular recruitment pattern throughout the kinetic chain. An oversimplified example would be someone who iniates a turn by forcefully rotating the muscles of their upper torso.

So a more effective approach to conditioning and post rehab work, would be to first, identify what muscles need to be stretched, what needs to be strengthened. Then, rather than continously teaching isolated exercises, design patterns of movement that resemble the motor recruitment sequences appropriate for the specific sport.

Does this make sense?
post #2 of 6
It takes a few re-readings, but yes it does make sense. Sorta like a maintenance routine, the streching and strengthening stuff. Combine with a prevention routine and you have something really positive.

Is that it?
post #3 of 6
Deja vu. This is some of the stuff mentioned last year at the Annual Coaches Clinic in Dartmouth by your friend Vern G.

If our "playing field" is constantly changing on the snow, we should be doing excercises while balancing on a board, disk, or bosu. The only time a racer needs to do a sit-up is if they fall! Better to train your body not to fall. Do core strengthening by balancing.

Isn't it always the same...movement while staying balanced.

"If it doesn't kill you, it will make you stronger."
post #4 of 6
It makes sense to me.

Even if a person stretches and strengthens a particular muscle by exercises in the gym it doesn't mean he/she will use that muscle on the playing field (piste in this case).

I would think sometimes the wrong muscles get stronger to support a bad technique while the right muscles are not used while skiing and so remain weak.

One technique I have seen is that the trainner gets the student to try the two extremes so the student can feel what works better. Quite often in skiing we (should) do the opposite than if we were on dry ground (e.g. you can't dig your heels in to stop on the snow). It's as much about trainning the mind to use the right muscles in the right way as having strength & flexibility in those muscles.

post #5 of 6
A friend of my learned this for herself the hard way. She spent the off season training in the gym using the elliptical trainer. First time she hit the hill she realized she was is BIG trouble.

While she had strengthed her muscles she had not trained them in a manner that was benefical to skiing.

Makes sense to me.
post #6 of 6
Hmm, the pendulum has swung again.

Many years ago, athletes and trainers realized that isolating a muscle (really meaning isolating a movement) will allow development of that muscle beyond the development encountered during normal motor recruitment sequences appropriate for the specific sport. This translated into a huge growth in weight training. All of a sudden every serious athlete (especially athletes who require explosive strength) spent time in the gym developing individual muscles.

This trend reached the amateur masses in form of gyms, with a huge array of machines for aerobic and anaerobic exercise. These gyms allow people do get in shape and tone their muscles, but they do not address the fact that many sports (skiing, soccer, football, tennis, running, basketball, etc) require that the muscles and joints work in an environment where movement and forces are far less controlled and far less predictable than in a gym.

So now the pendulum has to go back to middle ground. Lisamarie worded it very well in another thread: if you isolate you must integrate. So moral of the story is that you have to spend time to build some muscular strength (I call that the foundation) and then you have to spend even more time to train the entire body to handle the forces that you will experience in your chosen sport or activity.

The short answer is yes it makes sense. [img]smile.gif[/img]
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