Top athletes make their moves look effortless – combining strength and balance. It’s very important to understand where you have a functional weakness, an imbalance, and how to deliver the best performance while you’re playing your favorite sport. Achieving balance in your performance will be both challenging and rewarding.
What are your postural habits?
Our postural habits are carried into our sports and fitness activities. The way the body is held has a lot to do with the way it moves. Unfortunately, our body does not always move in the most efficient way. As a result, we often end up with tight or weak muscles.
How to prevent injuries?
One way to help prevent injury is to learn how to stabilise your postural muscles (the first layer of muscle) which surround your joints. For further protection, you need to develop mobility and stability via balance (a stable base) and core (the central part of the body) training. Then you’ll be able to rotate, throw or jump with ease while protecting your body from strains and injuries.
Over the last few years, focus on the core has become a hot topic in sport and fitness training. The deep muscles of the back and deep abdominal muscles (working in coordination with hip muscles and back muscles) are engaged automatically as a result of movement and resistance.
How do you build the core?
Natural core training starts during early childhood development – no coaching required! During this time, the core is really required for stability and coordination. Over time, however, many of us loose this strength which is a problem because we need to have a strong core to build strength and endurance fitness. It’ll also provide us with the foundation for power, speed and agility.
“One of my primary focuses has been to strengthen my core. It’s made such a difference in my lateral mobility and stamina on-court.” – Andy Roddick, Professional Tennis Player
Combining it all together for performance
Rotation and swing - the more you train your foot position, weight shifting, and weight transfer, the greater your endurance and stamina will be.
Throwing and striking - requires proper body mechanics. Your body weight shifts away and towards the target with the lower part of the body in symmetry and with great core control.
Jumping and kicking - usually requires a decent amount of strength and power throughout the legs. However, your flexibility, symmetry with your mobility and stability is as important to great performance.
Cutting and turning - a quick and reactive movement that requires core stability - a strong core will greatly improve your body mechanics.
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