OVERCOMING DIGITAL-DEMENTIA AND HUNCHED-STILLNESS"
OVERCOMING GAPS IN SPORTS SCIENCE KNOWLEDGE
IS NOT STRUCTURE... IT'S STRENGTH!!
Connected-minimal not "segmented-maximal" effort
Most leading coaches agree that structure is the foundation, strength the layering'; yet work-based values are so dominant and science so math precise
coaches' knowledge is distorted to strength before structure (e.g., "doing-more" or holding plank as long as possible).
Yet because structural knowledge is held back we don't tend to see that no western athlete has good structure to start with and the strength/doing-more focus ignores correct structural positions and muscles, cementing the structural collapse, movement inefficiency and movement restrictions/injuries.
Perfecting structure requires knowing and finding the correct positions and maintaining them through very gentle recruitments of deeper muscles as you move requiring softening the outside, overworking, excessively tight muscles: subtle, gentle and nuanced. or clashing athletic values.
Bigger problems. In sport a major problem is that subtle, gentle and nuanced are not values we think can help - maximum, not minimum effort is. But in perfecting structure and overcoming today's deleterious living patterns "connected-minimal movement" is very much what athletes need.
The further away from perfect structure a body is, the slower it is to move, the more inertia has to be overcome, the fewer muscles help, the more faulty movement patterns are reinforced, the more already overworked muscles have to do and the more compressed joints and internal organs get!!
Yet even casual observations show that few (if any) athletes operate with perfect structural plumb-lines. Athletes with kinesio-tape, orthotics, braces and straps holding their bodies (collapsing structures) together is far more common. Just think of the wasted potential.
And this is why Broader thinking and using wide science to enhance practice by broadening awareness, knowledge education and practice is so powerful: it provides clear explanations and practices for progress.
- Maybe East African runners growing up in a different environment, do so well because their bodies collapse less?
- Maybe minimal shoes would work if the structure on top was not collapsing?
- Maybe our focus should be conserving energy through fluid whole body movement, rather than producing energy through isolated body parts?
Having taken Dr. Mills' class, I now see how coaches so-called specializing in isolated areas of the body or in specific types of lifting, are in danger of separating
the body even more and overlooking the whole-body as a result.
Scott Caulfield, Head Coach, National Strength and Conditioning Association
SUBTLE-STRUCTURAL (INSIDE) STRENGTH THAT
ALLOWS "REAL" STRENGTH TO OCCUR, OR...
STRUCTURE DONE WELL - THEN STRENGTH - FOR THAT'S CONDITIONING
If an athlete carries with them a ‘bad habit’ of movement, it will take the strict and pure approach of clinical Pilates (or other expert posture and movement practices)...
..to undo it and teach the correct movement pattern.
Sports Injury Bulletin, 2004