The quality of human movement is something that even the untrained eye can appreciate.
Types of movement that differ from the norm or that are superior to the norm can be detected by causal observation. If an individual has even a slight limp or is has a back problem that is causing stiffness, most others would be able to spot it especially if they already know the person and are subconsciously familiar with their pattern of movement. Sports commentators and pundits often comment on technique and lax lyrical about the poetic movement patterns that top sportspeople utilise.
The picture that sits alongside this piece shows Roger Federer just having hit the ball back. He is in mid-air and is beautifully aligned from his left foot which is pointed down and slightly in at the ankle ready to absorb the force of him landing to his left arm which is out to the side for balance. That arm is flexed at the elbow and extended at the wrist demonstrating that it is not held rigidly straight, which allows for rapid and tiny adjustment as Federer moves through the air and back to the ground.
Being able to move with high quality and remain aligned in a manner that maximises the way the body is put together as a structural entity is important not only to perform complex motor tasks well such as a making a tennis shot but it also mitigates the stresses and strains that the body is constantly subjected to. Poor movement patterns and poor alignment have been proven to be contributory in loading the body in an abnormal manner, which can lead to pain and dysfunction.
Any analysis of performance enhancement for athletic performance, rehabilitation or chronic pain must therefore include assessment of the client to control their motor system to identify areas where they don’t move as well as they could. Once identified and following a clinical reasoning framework, faulty movement patterns can be corrected with motor control drills/exercises. These can assist in re-educating someone to walk again having been non or partial weight bearing for a period. And they can refine technique for enhancement of athletic performance.
Super Fit cannot promise to make you move like Roger Federer but we can promise to assess a client’s motor control, identity movement pattern faults that relate to the sport that requires performance enhancement or the pathology that the client presents with and devise a bespoke programme to improve movement patterns, enhance performance and reduce the risk of pathology. Click here for more details on enhancing your performance.