Perform as your body wants to!
It's easier, more efficient and safer!
What are the benefits for athletes?
The profiling of motor preferences make it possible to emphasize the physical capacities and natural qualities of an athlete (called motor profile) and to limit training that is far from the athlete's spontaneous qualities (called opposite motor profile or shadow zone) in order to limit the risks of regressing by inhibiting the athlete's natural qualities, which would result in a loss of self-confidence and an increased risk of injury.
How motor preferences work ?
The human brain is lateralized and has dominant areas that are used extensively to the detriment of other less used areas that are opposite to them. The use of the dominant brain areas will be natural while its opposite will require more effort.
For example, for a right-handed person, writing with the right hand will be natural, easy and fluid, whereas writing with the left hand will be much more difficult, anarchic and will require concentration.
Exercise to better understand: quickly cross your arms several times. You will notice that it is always the same arm that is positioned in front. Now cross your arms again quickly, but this time try to reverse the arm that is in front.
Have you noticed that this change requires effort and is not natural. This is exactly what happens when you use your motor profile with completely natural movements or when you use your opposite profile which generates more difficulty and therefore more energy expenditure.
Motor preferences allow us to individualize the therapeutic and sports management according to the natural movement of each individual.
Which exercises are recommended for your profile?
Any conditionning drill or technical gesture are feasible for all profiles, but the prevalences are specific to the profiles. It would be counterproductive and even dangerous to ask for repeated vertical plyometrics to a TERRESTRIAL profile. It would also be unnatural to try to repeat slow squat exercises in an AERIAL. In both cases, the efficiency would be less and it would increase the risk of injuries. For TERRESTRIAL, we will therefore insist on concentric exercises, while for AERIALS we will favor plyometric exercises.
Volodalen is a training organization and a research laboratory on movement, dedicated to Natural Motor Preferences®. The Volodalen team is managed by Cyrille Gindre (Phd Sports Science / Researcher, Clinician) & is composed of researchers, engineers, trainers, health and sport professionals. Volodalen Headquarters are located in Switzerland.
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