Changing sport at the top level …

How is it that top level athletes can change their sport and still be successful?  Is sport about skill or is it attitude?

To be successful at a sport one has to have an aptitude to the sport and a plan of how to get there …. training regimes, mentors/coaches, mental strength, understanding of the hours to put in.  Once the athlete has chosen a plan it is then about commitment – and probably commitment to listening, taking advice and going with it – immersing.

What probably stops many people from achieving big goals is possibly the fear of failure and so a lack of commitment to the “plan”.  If one doubts the plan – one will search around for better options/ideas/other methods/fall backs and in doing this one does not ever fully commit to the original plan and wastes a lot of time.

Look at Victoria Pendleton’s journey:

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For a start a similar action or stance is needed in the sport of road bike racing and horse racing – ability to cope and think at speed – ability to concentrate and be single minded and commit to the race.  But then it comes to coaching and listening.
This lady had not ridden a horse of note before 12 months ago.

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Gait Analysis Testing

Gait Analysis Testing

Emma has just finished assessing motion – she has added to her Biomechanics Coaching screening with “Gait AnaScreen Shot 2015-12-10 at 14.29.43lysis” testing .  Now we can be more thorough in testing the body both statically and in movement, and so get a bigger picture of the route causes of problems.

Testing is about looking at issues from all angles – ruling out possible causes to coming up with a plan of attack for either resolving discomfort or releasing the individual potential for top level performance.  It is about searching for perfection – finding the most perfect way a person can move or function within the limitations of their body, their lifestyle, their creation and their ambition.

Intrinsic Biomechanics Screening looks at the function of the joints and the ability of the body to produce life and sport actions from a static perspective – what the ability is.

Gait Analysis specialises in the lower body and looks at the flow of the body in movement.  If there is a lock up in any part of the chain then motion will not be as fluid as it could be.

The obvious place to look is at the feet – and all too often we use cushioning to alter this.  That is fine as a short term solution when there is an injury but it is not a long term fix.

Screen Shot 2015-12-10 at 14.30.20The question is – why does the foot not land straight? – not that – it is not landing straight so lets chock it up.  We can see it is not straight.

But is it coming from the bottom of the leg or is it coming from the top of the leg?  If the hip is not sitting in neutral are the strings (muscles) down the leg not out of kilter and in the wrong tension so therefore will pull the knee and foot out of alignment?

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We still see person after person with issues.  That are left until there is a major problem such as a knee injury or lower back pain.  Not enough emphasis is put on correct posture and straightness in our children at school.  This is where wear and tear begins.

Green Clay Poultice – the merits?

Green Clay Poultice – the merits?

Have we gone too far in the direction of medicines and drugs – is this the right approach to take as much medication as we do.

Our body is very clever and it reacts to situations.  If we twist a joint and cause a slight injury or tear our bodies response is to send “repairing nutrients” in the form of white blood cells to the area in fluid to immobilise and start the recovery journey.  When we take medication we stop this process – we cause away the “goodies” and artificially slow the process down.  Would it be better to keep the “goodies” in the injury and removes the discomfort by poulticing the area.  Our skin is not made of plastic it is porous and so by poulticing we can remove fluid and toxins through the skin and help to speed recovery up.

Take a look at the French Clay for all site – for more info

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Horse and Hounds Article on Posture and how it can help you and your horse….

“Strengthening from the core … a study has shown that an unmounted rider core fitness program can improve rider symmetry and equine welfare.”Horse and Hound copy

Finally a proper study shows the importance of posture and rider core fitness work on the ground is important to improve riding posture and the posture and wellbeing of the horse.  Something I have bee saying for months.  How sitting up straight is going to help your horses performance and ability to carry himself proper.  Read more in the “Horse and Hounds” magazine, page 8, 29th Oct 2015.

Such a relief to feel the world wake up!!

Watch this space – classes soon to start …

Donna tells her story of what she achieved after 10 months ….

Donna came to work with me about 2 years ago initially, but then life got a bit on top of her and she had a break for about 6 months.  She came back to me in Jan 2015.  Hear her incredible story in just 10 months how she has changed her life….

Offshore Racing and Female Sailing Teams

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“WHY DO FEMALE TEAMS COME LAST?”

Regarding the discussion “Female Teams and why they do so badly”

Reference:http://www.yachtingworld.com/news/comment-why-do-all-women-teams-like-team-sca-do-so-badly-asks-skip-novak-64116 in Yachting World.

I have read this article by Skip and I have listened to many of the interviews by Team SCA, as well as the recent interview on Sailing Anarchy on Friday. I have sat watching this race from “the fence” of my living room, and so many times nearly put pen to paper wanting to express my feelings about this situation as we watch it unfold again in the VOR. Women’s ability to sail is not what is being questioned here, the SCA girls have shown women can sail, with their inshore race results. But I agree the question is how to improve the offshore racing. I have learnt through my experiences as a female sailor and I feel absolutely compelled to write back, because I am amazed at what I am hearing from the PR machine.

From where I sit it is not about the sailors but the way the campaigns are set up.

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