Components of athleticism (agility, speed, reaction time, skill, etc.) are built upon the components of fitness (muscular strength, muscular endurance, cardiovascular endurance, flexibility, body composition, etc.) which are built upon a foundation of movement. The components of movement are motor control (tissue signaling, joint actions), motor patterns, and motor learning. The outcomes of the movement system are fitness and athleticism components. In the following video, we lay out this big picture.
Now that you have a general lay of the land as it pertains to movement, fitness, and athleticism components and outcomes, let's get into the specifics regarding joint actions. Joint actions, not muscles as commonly believed, are the testable building blocks of motor patterns. Check out this next video.
Movement is complicated and the number of patterns that our body is capable of producing is extraordinary. But there are 2 basic human movement patterns that we all share. The movement expert knows and has an intimate understanding of these 2 common denominator patterns and their constituent joint action pieces. In this next video, that is precisely what we begin to break down. Please check it out!
Check out the following 2 part video interview with Nile Bratcher. Nile is one of the most experienced MCRSs around. He's been certified in SQUARE 1 since October 2013. He has helped hundreds of clients with aches, pains, and athletic performance issues with the system. Watch these videos to hear him explain how SQUARE 1 has transformed his fitness career! Please enjoy and share this information.
Nile's personal website is www.nilebratcher.com.
"Corrective", stretching, foam-rolling, and "activation" drills and exercises are all hot. But are they consistently effective? Is there a better way? My experience, and that of so many others that I know in the industry, tells me that the status quo in the rehab, fitness, and performance industry is in need of a major overhaul when it comes to improving movement quality. Make sure you check out all 4 videos in this series. If you've never experienced SQUARE 1 first-hand, this series would be a great way to begin getting acquainted. Hope you enjoy these!
Hey everybody - please check out Dr. Peter Glidden's interview that he did with me last week. What a great opportunity to share a thorough examination of SQUARE 1. Hopefully this will be useful to those who need the help that our approach can provide.
"So when confronted with a problem, the expert applies her knowledge problem schema by working forward from the information given to solve the problem. They tend to work from the known to the unknown. The expert has solved many similar problems and recalls schemas easily. The novice, on the other hand, tends to work backwards. They begin with the unknown in the problem and try to use trial and error or incomplete schemas to solve it."
SQUARE 1 works forward from the most isolatable and testable functional unit of movement, joint actions, and works towards more complex and unknown elements. SQUARE 1 practitioners tests which actions can and cannot tolerate load. The actions that are intolerant to load are addressed. By restoring function to the elemental raw materials of movement, the downstream components immediately improve (motor patterns, motor learning, outcomes). The SQUARE 1 methodology fits the definition of expertise according to Karl Kapp.
Most approaches that are commonly used by today's physical therapists and personal trainers to improve movement attempt to work backwards from observed poor outcomes such as a movement restriction or pain-provoking movements. Based on their superficial observations, a motor learning (exercise) program is usually prescribed. Basically it's the old, if it's tight stretch it, if it's weak strengthen it. Sounds good but it's totally a JV approach. To make it sound extra science-y, some pros might throw in terms like patterns and motor control. Mr. Kapp is nice and calls the traditional industry approaches trial and error. I say the vast majority of the industry is just guessing.
BASIC/KNOWN ---------------------------------------------------------------> COMPLEX/UNKNOWN
tissue signaling --> joint actions --> motor patterns --> motor learning --> outcomes
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