In order to make our lives as easy, comfortable, flowing, and as energy efficient as possible, we need balanced movement strategies, whatever the movement; squat, pull, push, lift, rotate, bend, etc… So, all the traditional movements we use in normal life. Therefore, they also form the base of our training techniques.
The starting point for foundational movement pattern training is primarily to support our basic movement and build upon the sport specific movement patterns and the exercises they require. In this critical foundation, the functional anatomy of the basic movement patterns quality assessment and quality practice are covered in the Health4Performance book.
Not only is it important to learn appropriate movement strategies to support daily life while minimizing overloading, they also need to be automated. Automated to make movement as easy and energy efficient as possible while maximizing performance. When asked from top athletes how you made the world record performance, quite a few can distinguish it because it is driven by such an automatic movement pattern. The less consciously it’s performed, the better the outcome. The more subconscious the movement, the easier and more relaxed and energy-efficient it is. The more
consciously the movement is done, going through part by part, more probably it becomes energy-inefficient and heavy; difficult, slow, clumsy.
That’s why an athlete practices technique again, again, again and again. That is why, even in the initial stages, an average Joe & Jill must be able to motivate, to commit, to repeat the basic foundational techniques. While repeating, in meticulous and patient repetition lies the secret of the great masters. In order to have patience to repeat, one must have a purpose for it, a reason to commit. Meaning is one of the foundations of intrinsic motivation, without which there will be no permanent changes, that is, no new automation will occur.
For intrinsic motivation, meaningful stories play a crucial role in the permanent change, routine formation, and coaching. A meaningful story is the one that touches one individually. A story that a person can identify with. A story that has a personal surface. In order to be able to tell personally identifiable, touching, and moving stories about the importance of basic movement techniques in an individual’s life and training, one must have a thorough understanding of the functional anatomy and physiology of different movement strategies. If one understands any matter well enough, it can be simplified and the essence of it brought out without professional jargon and still be tailored to the individual’s needs, life, work, leisure …
In this way, we are on the verge of being successful in the long run, both in health and in performance.
It is only when appropriate movement patterns transfer from practice to other areas of life, first consciously and eventually subconsciously, that we are the source of truly proactive health care. Preventing unnecessary MSK problems that overload the medical system and contribute to the bankruptcy of our society.
Too often, only sport specific skills are taken care of in an athlete. Out-of-sport movement is forgotten when most of the focus is on the sport. Today, it is already reasonably understood that an athlete is a 24/7 athlete in terms of eating and sleeping – recovering. But not that movement techniques are taken care of in the sport, which takes 10-20 hours out of the 168 hours of the week and forget that the rest of the more than 148 hours the athlete moves in everyday life, where sport specific movement patterns may not be appropriate choices but lead to overload increase.
Therefore, the athlete should also be trained for the everyday life. What if the hockey player uses the same movement pattern for everyday walking as for ice skating and playing in the rink, with a little hip flexion or if the boxer has the same posture in everyday life as in the boxing ring, with the shoulders pulled forward to stay protected … it is likely that the movement patterns associated with the type of sports that athlete typically identifies themselves will cause overload in both the lower back, neck and shoulders. In other words, overload is not due to the sports, but due to everyday life when one does not know how to move with appropriate movement strategies in different loading situations. In situations where movement has a different purpose and goal.
Therefore, one of the critical areas of expertise for movement, training, coaching, rehabilitation, health and medical professionals is the quality and evaluation, coaching and practical application of different movement strategies – the foundation of preventive health care is automated appropriate movement strategies, movement patterns (techniques), appropriately applied in any given situation.