Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Coordination Training - Connecting the brain to movement

Coordination is one of the most important qualities to develop in an athlete.  By training the brain to be "turned- on" during training, we are opening pathways that are literally "shut- down".  Connecting the central nervous system to movement is extremely necessary for injury prevention as well as athletic performance.

There are many ways to train for coordination.  Performing choreographed sequences of movements is one way the Burdenko Method addresses coordination training.
The human body is wired to move in patterns of 3. Animals can even be seen galloping in a 3-step rhythmical pattern. Sequencing our movements in 3's feels natural and rhythmical. We begin every training session with a "freedom of movement segment". This serves as a warm-up and a movement preparation, which also allows us a chance to challenge our athletes with various creative movement patterns. Traveling with a "3-step approach" forces the athletes to coordinate their steps leading them into a particular movement. We refer to the 3 steps and the movement as the "MOVEMENT SEQUENCE". The 3-step approach also provides a smooth and natural transition to alternate sides on bilateral movement patterns, allowing the sequence to flow with rhythm and look coordinated.

Watch these videos and notice the 3-step sequence the athletes perform between each movement:

This video illustrates a coordinated 3-step lunge pattern leading into---( 2) 180 degree pivot extensions 
lunge/lunge/lunge/extend and pivot/extend and pivot/lunge lunge lunge........

This video illustrates a coordinated 3-step jog leading into a --- statue of liberty/ star/ statue of liberty
1/2/3/jog--statue of liberty/star/ statue of liberty -- 1/2/3/jog..............