Coaching for Performance

Golf, Tennis, AFL, Soccer, Cycling, Swimming, Rowing, Basketball, Netball, Throwing, Walking, Running, Jumping, Agility, Acceleration/Deceleration.

The most efficient way to create a change in moving, skill development or attitude is through the body-mind.  Changing perception of the body by tuning into the way the body wants to organise itself in breathing, stabilising, feeling, moving and attending enhances all aspects of functioning.

Read below to see how I can help you understand yourself through the sport or activity you have chosen to explore;

Tennis
Understand how to perceive, move, set up and hit using central control mechanisms. Neuro-muscular coaching shows you how to ideally set up the body so that the axis of rotation occurs around mid-line for effortless power that reinforces the body’s natural throwing motion. Racquet head acceleration ideally comes from ground reaction torsional forces. In order for this to happen you need to understand the role of the pelvic and shoulder girdles in this sequence.

Golf
Understand the role of ground reaction forces from set up to optimise axis of rotation and club acceleration without a lateral shift. We will also explore the importance of spinal lengthening to optimise recruitment patterns for effortless power, accuracy, and prevention of injury.

Soccer
The moving posture required to play football well, places a lot of oblique forces through the trunk, pelvis and legs.  If your stabilising strategy is inefficient this can create chronic low-back, groin and knee problems.  Learn how to stabilise intrinsically so that your legs can be free to accelerate, decelerate, change direction and kick.  Learning how to balance the body because of your specialisation is key to having a long, injury free playing career.

AFL
Understand how to manage your body and training loads in order to avoid chronic injury. I have helped footballers who are in their developmental phase, as well as mature footballers who are looking to extend their playing careers. Deep System Stabilisation will help if you have suffered from recurrent hamstring strains, chronic groin soreness, low back pain, knee pain, foot problems or shoulder instability.

Cycling
Understand the role of the spine in cycling. High cadence with even power throughout the pedal stroke is optimal when the hip is free. This freedom is dependent upon your stabilising strategy. Understand how to keep your head/neck/shoulders and pelvis free of lock down and importantly how attention to lengthening the spine frees up energy for performance.

Swimming
Understand the role of the spine in swimming for injury prevention, to reduce drag and increase overall efficiency.

Track & Field
Understand the role of the feet, out of phase rotation of the pelvic/shoulder girdles, head balance and intersegmental coordination of spinal segments in running, throwing and jumping. This approach has the potential to dramatically decrease injury potential by enhancing the role of body based and balance based inputs to stability and movement efficiency.

Rowing
The ground in rowing is the foot-plate and your ability to sit-up while fully compressed determines your recruitment pattern and efficiency. I have evolved sophisticated exercises for enhancing deep system stabilisation with both power and control emphasis to enhance performance and reduce injury potential.

Basketball
Enhance elasticity, repeatability, force production/shock absorption and perceptual processing by learning how to attend to sensation and feeling arising in moving. Consider how to train these capacities by ensuring that all important abilities are being trained cyclically.

Netball
Netball athletes deal with bigger forces than almost any other ball sport because of the demands of stopping suddenly in one step. The proprioceptive awareness required to produce fast movements with big braking forces means that the athletes require high levels of body-based and balance-based training inputs. These inputs also need to challenge single leg stance control and contraction speed to protect ankle, knee, hip joints.

Contact me for bodywork, movement education, training programs and tools in relation to preparing for any of the above sports or to understand how to maintain function through a life-span.

Injury Prevention Programs
Deficits in proprioception are linked to instabilities, osteoarthritis and impingement syndromes. Even movement and prevention of injury comes down to 3 factors;

* Intersegmental coordination of spinal segments
* Muscle Balance and symmetry
* Contraction Speed required to protect joints

These 3 factors constitute the preferred strategy of the brain and nervous system in relation to how movement is organised and are dependant upon quality of motor patterns, motor control and embodied understanding of the task/skill.