Finding the Medicine in Med-Balls

Finding the Medicine in Med-Balls

My first sighting of a medicine ball was in a school gym littered with different equipment: it was a 4kg leather stitched ball filled with t-shirt rag. Bigger than a basketball it sat in the corner inviting curious young boys (girls weren’t allowed into the gym in those days) to investigate. It was a ball, and so the first thing young boys typically do with a ball is throw it. Typically at one another....

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What You See Is - Frog Leaps

What You See Is - Frog Leaps

I call them frog leaps because its seems better than referring to them as consecutive bilateral jumps… besides, athletes and coaches alike will remember catchy names more easily. In the illustration, adapted from a video, you can readily identify the movement: one used around the world in games, sports and conditioning. From a standing start the young athlete has to generate horizontal momentum and keep leaping for a pre-scripted distance. It is an extremely valuable movement skill that is adaptable and has dozens of variations.

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Bounding is not Running

Bounding is not Running

If you take an online peek at what some people identify as ‘Bounding’ within sport and exercise training you will see many many variations of movements. Most are not bounds. They may fall into a ‘stride’ category in that there is an alternating right-left landing pattern, although curiously some pictured examples are not even in the stride category.

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PLYOMETRIC TRAINING: DEVELOPMENTAL or INCREMENTAL?

PLYOMETRIC TRAINING: DEVELOPMENTAL or INCREMENTAL?

The world of strength and conditioning has within it the curious world of plyometrics. The word itself has the power to elicit comment, opinion, argument and dismissal. The research on the subject is fraught with misinterpretation and confusing results. Starting as an experimental approach to investigating how tendons work to help us move plyometric jumps and leaps quickly became part of training programmes for elite athletes requiring explosive ground reactions. After that the water became muddied.

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FROM DUCKLINGS TO THE BEAUTY OF SWANS

FROM DUCKLINGS TO THE BEAUTY OF SWANS

The classic tale of growth from an awkward duckling that doesn’t fit and is thus ridiculed and ostracised only to mature into a graceful swan is a well-known theme that is shared within many cultures. Within Hans Christian Anderson’s classic tale of verbal and physical abuse is a storyline that is slightly different from other classic tales that involve tasks or proof of fidelity....

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THAT KNEE VALGUS PROBLEM…

THAT KNEE VALGUS PROBLEM…

If you look at the drawing of the runner you can likely see that something is not quite right with the landing. The knee of the grounded leg appears to be heading inwards relative to the long bones of the upper and lower legs = knee valgus. That’s the easy part to see. If you know the pattern you may also see that the foot position is over-pronated, hip and body alignment is tilted and twisted, and the free leg will likely swing out and around for the next landing. Multiply that by 3500 landings per 5KM and over time you have a formula for injury to the foot, knee, hip and back.

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