“Clinics” for sport specific movements (eg. walking, running, sprinting, etc.) are popular tools used by competitive athletes to receive feedback on their movement quality; however the necessity of technique assessments is overlooked in training. If increased strength and power are essential components in your athletic performance goals, then movement quality during training should not be neglected.
How are movement assessments done?
Thanks to technology and cell phones, you can easily record and send your training videos to us on a regular basis to be assessed (weekly, bi-weekly). We also offer this service at local powerlifting meets that we attend, where you can sign up and we will professionally record your competition lifts for you. With your videos, we use a sophisticated video analysis software that allows us to provide you with visual feedback of technique faults, and identify weaknesses that should be addressed in your training.
Why is technique so important?
We hear it all the time, "keep your chest up", "don't let your knees cave in", "keep your back straight", but it is never a simple fix. More commonly than not, athletes and coaches do not realize that muscle strategies have a dominating effect on what the movement of the lift looks like.
Compound resistance training exercises involve multi-joint movement. This requires multiple muscles to cause two or more joints to move in a controlled and coordinated fashion. As a result, human movement has many "degrees of freedom": multiple combinations of muscle actions and joint rotations can be taken advantage of in order to perform a lifting task.
Research has shown us that some muscles are working much harder than others during a lift. With heavy resistance training, if a muscle cannot produce enough force (fatigue, weakness), other muscles must work harder to compensate, and become overworked. This causes observable lifting technique issues, and ultimately prevent you from reaching your training goals if the wrong muscles are being worked. Our movement assessments are therefore a useful tool in revealing weaknesses that control what you really get out of your training program.