How do you train like an Athlete?
By utilising exercises that involve synergists, stabilisers, neutralisers, and antagonists all working together to produce and reproduce efficient movement in all three planes of motions.
Using Jarryd Hayne @jarrydhayne38
as an example of a elite NRL athlete's game day stats- NRL fullbacks perform on game day an average 8 tackles, 137.83m per game and 15.75 ball handles.
This can be broken down further into 8.6% attack involvement and 4.2% defence involvement utilising predominantly ATP and Lactate energy systems. (Rodgers & Beesley)
We need to understand these requirements when programming for athletic performance. These will change from sport to sport and position specific.
Most sports aren’t single jointed and of a linear plane. This is why training movements over isolating muscles is optimal for athletic performance. The brain doesn’t recognise isolated muscles like it does patterns of movement in response to sensory input from the environment.
It may be more convenient to isolate muscles, but it can create immense neural confusion, but also complicate the process of getting the muscle to work as part of an integrated whole.
The goal should be improved performance and injury reduction- not aesthetics.
Implementing this understanding with suitable acceleration and de acceleration,change of direction, agility and conditioning work with optimal rest and recovery will ultimately assist in performance.
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