The 2011 Ontario Kinesiology Association held its Annual Conference at the Hilton in Markham, Ontario. Friday offered an early bird registration and a few extra courses participants could choose to partake in.
I chose to check out ComplexCore - by Roman Jahoda , who is an Australian physio therapist. His program targets mobility, coordination and stabilization.
The program is essentially divided into 'Local Stability' and 'Global Stability'. Local core deals with the deeper muscles of the abdomen, mainly the Diaphragm, Pelvic Floor, Transverse Abdominis and Erector Spinae/Multifidus. These muscles form a 'barrel', which can be kept 'leak proof' (stable) with proper contraction. Global Stability refers to the external muscles functioning properly to achieve or resist movement.
The course was interesting on a few levels. The software that the company has produced seems like it would be useful for someone who provides take a way programs AND believes in the Complex Core methodology. Priced at around $400 bucks it would need to be useful in your practice but appears well done (first impression) and efficient at working within the testing/prescribing methods that the system utilizes.
The exercises are divided into 5 levels of difficulty and 3 planes of movement (dorsal/ventral/lateral). A 3 movement test evaluates what level of difficulty each plain should be trained.
My big take away today was a story about F1 Race car drivers training their neck stability, for lack of a better term, by holding out their hands with their eyes closed and catching a dropped weight. This was meant to improve the stability of the cervical spine during acceleration and deceleration. How this may be applied to cycling, especially mountain biking, to improve reaction to outside stimulus (ie. unexpected rock hits front wheel) is something I will have to play around with this winter !
Check out a video of the basics of this methodology
Share on Facebook
Friday, October 14, 2011
8:24 PM Peter Glassford No comments