231219 Perfecting the motor patterns of athletic movement (part 2 of 2)

231219 Perfecting the motor patterns of athletic movement (part 2 of 2)

By Danny M. O’Dell, M.A., CSCS

Effective athletic movement is contingent upon the utilization of ALL the appropriate mechanisms of the human body working in a synchronous manner. These units must provide mechanical movement via the system of levers made up of the bones, muscles and tendons contracting in unison by stimulation of the actin and myosin fibers.

The levers are in place from the earliest stages of physical development. It is the ‘perfectioning’ of the sports coordinational relationships and the ‘trained’ increases in energy potential that separates the novice from the elite athlete.

The overall tonus of the muscular system.

Each one of these component parts synergistically aid in creating superior athletic movement.

Each individual will to some extent, make use of their own favorable and most natural feeling biomechanical anatomical functional peculiarities when engaging in their sport. To do so in any other manner would be counterproductive to the outcome. Simply doing the sport will not enhance the motor mechanisms of the athlete. It is a package that requires attention to each specific part. And EVERY part must work perfectly together to achieve a superior result.

While exercising keep in mind this important concept:

From a purely biomechanical viewpoint, consideration must be given to the motor complex that is organized within the anatomical-functional specifics of the body during the movement. This interrelated system of the body permits, and should do so with MAXIMUM effectiveness, utilization of each of these inherent working parts to solve the motor tasks set forth in the training session .

Your body will determine the form of interaction between its parts during the process of finding a solution to the situation, i.e., it will, if left alone, find the most efficient and effective manner of dealing with the physical task. This natural ability to gain and maintain movement efficiency will, when combined with a trained coach’s eye, result in a systematic and rational functioning of the organism, which in simpler terms means an effective and high work out put.

Trust your instincts, follow what feels natural and increase your strength in the process. Of course, there must be a modicum of common sense in all of this too. Just because you make progress with a three foot depth jump doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll make twice the progress with a six foot one.

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