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Core Body Stability Principles
The principles of stability are used
to develop training programs
designed to improve
an athlete's control of positions both for static and dynamic
To perform balance skills, skaters must have adequate strength to support the body, and they must be able to shift the weight quickly into the correct position at the right time.
A skater must instinctively know their position in space (kinesthetic awareness) in order to perform quick turns with complete coordination, agility, and flexibility. See Fitness Components
The goal of coaches is to develop their students core body positions as this enhances their ability to acquire and master figure skating skills. The following is a partial list of objectives coaches emphasize:
Core Stability Exercise Principles
By Akuthota, Venu; Ferreiro, Andrea; Moore, Tamara; Fredericson, Michael
- Core stability is essential for proper load
balance within the spine,
pelvis, and kinetic chain. The core is the group of trunk
muscles that surround the spine and abdominal viscera. Abdominal,
gluteal, hip girdle, paraspinal, and other muscles work in concert to
provide spinal stability. Core stability and its motor control have
been shown to be imperative for initiation of functional limb
movements, as needed in athletics.
Sports medicine practitioners use
core strengthening techniques to improve performance and prevent
injury. Core strengthening, often called lumbar stabilization, also has
been used as a therapeutic exercise treatment regimen for low back pain
conditions. This article summarizes the anatomy of the core, the
progression of core strengthening, the available evidence for its
theoretical construct, and its efficacy in musculoskeletal conditions.
Core Stability Exercise Principles Core stability is essential for proper load balance within the spine, pelvis, and kinetic chain. Broad benefits of core stabilization have been achieved in collegiate basketball and track athletes.
Basic Principles Underlying Krate Techniques All parts of the body must harmonize to provide the stability necessary to sustain the shock. Thus, balance is of prime importance. Also, the rhythm evident in the movements of athletes
Importance of Balance and Stability to Mastery of Sport Skills The ability to control one's physical self is a major issue for athletes. They must control their sports skills and execute them properly, despite numerous obstacles that are very physical in nature.
Body Balance Unable and often unwilling to take time off of training, most athletes trained through their injuries. In these situations, their bodies made compensatory movements,” which not only aggravated the original injury, but also stressed other parts of the body and lead to further injuries. The bottom line was clear: injuries became chronic, and greatly impaired the athletes ability to perform their activity to their potential.
Balance Training and Proprioception Proprioception is that of the human kinesthetic senses, the related notions of muscle memory and hand-eye coordination. The kinesthetic sense is similar to proprioception, in that it is an internal mechanism, but distinct by virtue of the role of proprioception in coordinating joint motion and acceleration.
Biomechanical Principles and Applications Examples of Rotation Principles. Seven Principles of Biomechanical Analysis.
How Can Biomechanical Principles Help Us Jan. 14, 2009 ... There are seven biomechanical principles* that can help us analyze skating skills: ... of support and the greater the mass, the more stability increases.
Connecting Steps The Figure Skating / Ballet Relationship Does ballet really enhance the skater's performance or on-ice technique? The “skating experts” say Changements: Same jumping principles as sautés. Pas de Bourre: For ankle stability and agile footwork.
Back Stability-2nd Edition Establishing Stability Chapter 5. Posture Optimal Postural Alignment Postural Stability and Body Sway Basic Postural Assessment.
Core Body Strength Training Agility, coordination and balance (stability) all come from the core of the body . ... In skating, it is important to strive for proper body ... Choose a variety of exercises and mix them up. © U.S. Figure Skating. Page 3. Overload Training Principle.
Physical and Mental Training Considerations
The following internet links have been gleaned from personal communications
combined with information from public institutions and athletic organizations/
associations that have a web presence with information concerning team and
individual sports programs:
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