Health Promotion - Sports Performance - Injury
- Optimization of Classical Ballet and Sports Development Programs
for Equestrian Development Clinics
ballet training (CBT) is considered to be the most advanced technical movement
mechanics training in the world, providing a foundation for the development
of joint strength, postural alignment and precision control of the human
frame in space. Utilizing the CBT mechanical ideal as a reference point,
we will focus on performance optimization as well as how deviation from
the mechanical ideal corresponds with the mechanism of joint stress and
injury. The subject matter in this program was first introduced in
1999 at the National Conference for the Society of State Directors of Health,
Physical Education, and Recreation (73rd Annual Meeting Program)
for U.S. Board of Education offices and health educators representing all
50 states and was formally presented as an International Sports Science Association
(ISSA) accredited course at the state American Alliance
for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) Combined
Convention on February 12, 2003 in Reno-Sparks, Nevada..
Combined with the lecture, practical exercises
in postural analysis and correction will provide participants with a functional
- The science of classical ballet training
and analysis of alignment.
- Common mechanisms of joint stress, injury
- Developmental challenges in U.S. classical
ballet and sports development programs.
- Accentuated training, pre-class warm-up,
stretch and flexibility.
- Practical applications of classical ballet
based alignment into upper and lower body exercise sequences.
- Integration of classical ballet alignment
ideals into sports specific skills (Baseball, Basketball, Hockey, Golf, Gymnastics,
Equestrian, Martial Arts, Cross-country and Downhill Skiing and more).
Note: SMSI is in the process of developing a
Biomechanics Specialist Certification. The scope of this program would encompass
an academic expansion of materials covered in this continuing education program.
This program would encompass several certification levels ranging from a
Level I program for physical therapists, exercise physiologists and fitness
professionals to Level II program for medical professionals (Physicians: D.C.,
& Sports Development.
For questions or additional information, contact:
Stephen M. Apatow
Director of Research and Development
Sports Medicine & Science Institute
Phone: (203) 668-0282
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