There is a need for both children and adults to master the fundamental movement skills to be able to enjoy a variety of physical activities, sports and a healthy active lifestyle. The biomechanics of many athletes are not optimised, therefore concentrating on teaching people on how to move better and control their body movement would result in improvement in their sporting abilities. Training to develop the fundamental movement skills will improve how an athlete moves – improving movement efficiency, better rhythm and fluidity in motion, better body balance, faster feet, and setting a foundation for the athletes speed, agility and explosiveness.
Athletic development should start at school where improving balance, coordination, and body awareness are a must. Kids are exposed to many different sports at school to help development of these fundamental skills but time is limited and therefore the athlete/child may not receive enough instruction to improve their weaknesses. Some coaches believe that the sports programmes will improve a child’s motor skill development and that they will learn body mechanics such as jumping, turning and landing from practising the sport itself. Others like to break the skills down into digestible parts for ease of learning but this is rarely done. Early specialisation in a single sport may also result in reduced motor skill ability sometimes causing a lack of progression in the teenage years and hinders recovery from injury. The child therefore often learns how to move through self-participation in the sport or exercise rather than being taught, resulting in repetitions of faulty movement patterns becoming ingrained into the skill set, making it difficult to learn complex movements for further progression in sport.
Most movement skills are automatic in nature and will be developed irrespective of being a correct or faulty movement and probably the athlete will not know they have this faulty pattern of movement affecting function. Without education the movements will not get corrected, where the sport training only highlight the weaknesses, rather than improves it.
Correcting a faulty movement pattern can take many repetitions to re-learn the biomechanics. By using dynamic movement drills we can isolate these movement issues and improve the athletes overall movement ability and ingrain this information into the central nervous system for repeatability.
The focus of our program is to educate and build athleticism, not sport skill. Our program is progressive and will challenge the budding athlete in movement skills, flexibility, dynamic stability, reactions, running mechanics, co-ordination, balance and power.
The dynamic mat drills that we use help to develop quickness, agility, and ankle strength. The drills also teach proper landing and cutting mechanics, by training to keep the hips and knees slightly flexed when landing on the feet. Learning how to land properly has been shown to reduce the rate of knee injury, a lot of ACL tears can happen when the knee is locked out straight on landing or placement, keeping the knee slightly flexed also maintains balance and keeps control of bodyweight over the posterior chain muscles of the body rather than the quad muscles making the movement more efficient and improving speed in movement. The drills are done in short bursts and as fast as possible once the technique has been correctly learnt to stimulate the central nervous system for better neuromuscular function. It can take up to six weeks to see progress in these movements. Athletes do like to practice the drills to get faster and sometimes try to race against their friends, building healthy competition and fun.