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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Common Colds and Flu

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So the common cold has been dealt with in various ways – but are we in fact prolonging the illness by taking many of these medications and would we do better to simply adhere to a more natural approach?

See the guide below – the reality is sleep is the most important – but that involves taking a day off!

General Measures for coping with acute illness or infection

Lovely rewarding message from Andy

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I just wanted to say a massive thanks for your help over the past few years with my knee and shoulder.

Screen Shot 2015-09-29 at 17.13.28Shoulder is probably 99% excepting when I’m dehydrated I notice it in the morning.
Thanks and I hope this year brings some good times.

Andy”

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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How are you going to get your horse fit?

How are you going to get your horse fit?

I was asked this question when I bought a new horse in July and was planning on hunting it 3 months after settling him into his new home.

“How are you going to get him fit?”  ….. How would I get a human fit I thought.  I would write a training diary and regime and use the heart rate as a gauge as to how fit the animal was.

On looking into this I realised horses and humans are animals and whilst having the obvious differences they are essential muscle, fat, bones, organs and water.  They need the same dietary requirements of protein, fats and carbohydrates for the same things.  Food sources are different obviously.  But we can learn a lot about ourselves form our furry neighbours – we find similar things too much as well – sugar, starch and fats … should be in limited supply.  Protein – the big question is always how much because we have to get rid of what we don’t need which is where it taxes the system.

So on the exercise – how do I know how puffed he is – the perceived rate of exertion with humans is about talking to the client and seeing how fatigued they are.  I can look at his demeanour or see how much puffing he is doing, but to really know I need a Heart Rate monitor, then I can see when he is getting anxious, when he is tired, what he looks like when he is concerned – I can learn my horse much quicker.Screen Shot 2015-12-04 at 16.48.11 So I spoke to a contact at “Polar”,  we use their equipment in the gym.  They have two different types of monitor, a belt like us – but this is actually quite hard to use with a girth and saddle oScreen Shot 2015-12-10 at 14.34.14r even a lunge roller.  So they have devised a system with just sensors which you poke under the girth.  I have yet to try that, but have definitely learnt the merits from using this equipment so far and can now make my training more meaningful and more specific.

For more info google “Equine Heart Rate monitors”, for use and how to etc.

What incredible behaviour from someone in his position …

How is this acceptable behaviour in this day and age?

Is it a surprise that we struggle to have a choice of women at top level sport/business??  It hardly makes for a good look or aScreen Shot 2015-11-06 at 21.29.40n attractive proposition as a future for young aspiring ladies coming to make choices of their careers.

It brings to light again the issues that are still out there – is it sexist?  Maybe she was just rubbish at her job – well she had been in it 5 years – i am pretty sure she would have been ditched before that is she was rubbish.

What amazes me is when top level business men have daughters and finally find out the frustrations.

The Telegraph has some great interviews : click here for more detail