Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Alignment, motor patterns, ultimate health and performance.

Maintaining or restoring precise movement of all segments is the key to preventing or correcting musculoskeletal pain or injury, and first, most important step to maximize one’s potentials and performance.
The biomechanics of the movement systems are similar to the mechanics of other systems.In Mechanical systems, the longevity of the components and the efficiency of performance require the maintenance of precise movement of the rotating segments.
In contrast to machinery, in human motion stress on the components is necessary for optimal health and stress; load in the right amount can actually strengthen the involved tissues.
Loss of precise movement can begin a cycle of overload to certain tissues and eventually cause overload injury.
As with any mechanical system alignment is important. Ideal alignment facilitates optimal movement.
If alignment is faulty before movement is initiated, correction is necessary to achieve the ideal configuration that must be retained throughout the motion. Posture and alignment are dynamic and should be at optimal throughout the movement.
The more ideal the alignment of the skeletal segments the more optimal the performance of muscles and nervous system.If alignment is ideal, there is less chance of causing microtrauma to joints and supporting structures.
Take as analogy the wheels of an automobile, for optimal rotation, the wheels must be aligned and in balance, than the tires wear evenly and last for much longer.
Optimal muscular performance and joint health are achieved through subtle adjustments of muscular length and strength, as well as through the patterns of recruitment.
In Karate therefore first we teach posture, and a teach techniques as precise postures with precise directions, and then we teach sequencing, or precise motor patterns, which are easier to learn from precise alignment and posture.
Only ones posture and motor patterns are precise we add speed and power, quick start, snap action and kime (focus), delivery and force production by pressure to floor and sharp, total musculature contraction.

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