Sharpening the Tactical Athlete
The SOF community
recognized that before engaging in these practical applications, a
subconscious, basic understanding and integration of foundational,
functional movement patterns was necessary for the SOF soldier to
accomplish high level functional skills. Most SOF Soldiers have a
general idea of how to train for strength, agility, power and
endurance; however, knowing how
to maintain proper, natural anatomical alignment through
difficult movement patterns is where most SOF Soldiers falter or fail.
Every group has randomly distributed individuals with natural ability
who were able to see, understand and conduct movement easily; however, enabling Soldiers to master
fundamental movement is an extreme challenge for a human performance
staff due to Soldiers' limited understanding or knowledge of
biomechanics and other motion science related fields.
Limited time available in packed training schedules also contributes to
this recipe for human performance disaster. Gray Cook, in his
book entitled "Athletic Body in Balance," referred to this issue as the
Functional Paradigm (Cook, 2003). Many SOF warriors required to complete
sometimes highly complex tasks have not mastered functional movements
before moving to functional performance or higher level skill
tasks. Like amateur or professional athletes, being a
"Tactical Athlete" has it's own set of specific physical and mental
requirements; however, at the core of any successful athletic endeavor
is a basic understanding of movement. Building functional
movement is the same as constructing a house. All the walls,
trimmings, crown molding, and other gingerbread will fall down without
a solid, functional foundation upon which to build. -- THOR3:
Humans are More Important Than Hardware: Benjamin W. Knipscher,
Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey California Thesis, December 2010.
Coaching sports and Olympic development programs over the
last 25 years, my emphasis on fundamentals can't be over stated.
In the context of biomechanics, classical training and alignment
objectives of Eastern Bloc development programs (gymnastics, figure
skating, etc.) provides the reference point for analysis and
optimization of precision control of the human frame in space.
Cross country skiing and sports specific aerobic conditioning,
including the importance of LSD training, provides a reference point
for optimization of systemic function/performance and pathology
My SOM orthopedics focus
includes biomechanical and orthopedic analysis based on classical
training and postural alignment ideals (considered the most advanced
technical movement mechanics training in the world), correction
(includes articular level elasticity restoration with spine/extremity
compensatory inclusion), and retraining for function restoration for
austere conditions and optimization of healing.
Applications: Scoliosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Asthma, Fibromyalgia, Friedreich Ataxia, Multiple Sclerosis and veterinary
applications (See: Expanding Human to Veterinary Biomechanics Applications).
- Strength Training
Ballet Based Biomechanics Training
- Mixed Martial Arts
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