For beginners, performance gains and improvements come easily.
If, however, you’re at or near the top of your game, you’ve likely exhausted all of the easy paths to improvement.
This is where we can help. Our performance training process deconstructs both the demands of your sport and the strengths and limitations within your physical potential. Using the information gleaned from our comprehensive assessment process, we’ll craft a strategy for improvement on a number of fronts, demonstrating that even the best can get better via the accumulation of incremental gains in multiple areas.
Case Study 1:
Client: 55-year old scratch golfer
Performance Goals: Restore and increase distance
We found limited rotational capacity in the right hip which led to suboptimal loading of the power producing muscles of the right hip. This then led to an increased contribution from the trunk and arms. This contribution often decreased club head speed and promoted an outside-in swing path in this golfer.
This athlete’s limited cervical spine right rotation led to an early rise of the head as the club moved through impact toward the follow through.
Strategy: With this golfer, our early priorities were to restore passive range of motion to the right hip and cervical spine, particularly right cervical rotation and right hip internal rotation. Since flexibility without control is not useful, we trained him to improve his dynamic control of these new ranges. Once he demonstrated improved control of this new motion, we gradually added load, speed and other challenges that made him more capable of using this new functional range on the course.
Case Study 2:
Client: 34-year old entrepreneur
Performance Goals: Dunk a basketball
This client’s training program had him incorporating strength training, as well as plyometrics. He needed three to four more inches of clearance in order to dunk a basketball.
Very limited ankle, hip and thoracic spine mobility.
Needed more dunking skill practice.
Strategy: With this athlete, we took into account his current strength training program but noticed it did not address his limited mobility nor the ability to generate power in the skill of actually attempting to dunk the ball. His plyometrics were done straight up without any approach steps so we progressed his training to incorporate jumps that added 1, 3 and 5 step approaches. This modification helped him learn how to create angles that would make the transfer of power into the ball more seamless. More importantly, we added significant focus to his thoracic spine and shoulder mobility, which added an additional inch or two of reach without adding anything to his vertical. We also added dynamic mobility work for his hips and ankles, which enabled him to generate more multidirectional power in his lower body.