ABCs of Movement

Agility

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Muhammad Ali dekes 21 punches in 10secs

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Monfils all over the court vs Djokovic

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Sidney Crosby’s OT winner vs USA, Vancouver 2010

Balance

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Coordination
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What?  Think you can just show up hoping you know enough to throw a punch, return a serve, kick a ball, ride a bike, hold position, or stand on a board and be good to compete?  You think you can skip the ABCs, avoid learning fundamentals, bypass essential physical literacy and still achieve your potential?  You may win your age group, even a race, but that doesn’t mean you have accomplished anything if it isn’t your potential.  Who are you competing against?

To develop the skills to begin to explore your potential, athletes need…

Agility: swimmers and track athletes off the starting blocks, cyclist to respond to an attack, combat sport athletes to evade a punch or kick, football athletes who need to snap between positions to throw off guards…

Balance: gymnasts on the beam, cyclists cornering on steep grades in the mud or on wet pavement, alpine skiers and snowboarders carving out turns on surfaces which change from powder, to hard packed, to machine groomed…

Coordination: field athletes who time the release of a javelin, discus, shot or lever the pole in order to convert running speed and rotational forces into distance or height, swimmers and runners timing the pull or arm swing to their kick, hockey players who need to have their body moving one way while their stick and arms move the puck the other way throwing off defenders…

Yet how much time do athletes train specific skills, rudimentary abilities, repeat drill after drill to improve their ABCs? Naw, thats for beginners, right?  Nope. Come on, elite athletes don’t work on stuff like that, do they?  Nope, not in commercials; just when actually training.