NAFPEC: Fun and Function


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NAFPEC: Fun and Function

  1. 1. exuberant animal national applied functional physical education conference october 24, 2009 change your body, change the world
  2. 2. exuberant animal an integrative, multi-disciplinary approach to health and performance
  3. 3. the ancestral environment okavango delta, botswana, southern africa
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  6. 6. alien environment sedentary living, fake food (efls), noise, temporal poverty, sleep deprivation, tribal ambiguity, asc
  7. 7. practical
  8. 8. what is functional training? • multi-joint, multi-plane • emphasis on movement, not appearance • emphasis on locomotion • emphasis on the nervous system • emphasis on real-world challenges • relevant to the individual’s life! Vern Gambetta: “Work movements, not muscles.”
  9. 9. functional movement skills?
  10. 10. functional movement skills locomotion squatting digging lifting carrying throwing terrain, momentum, bodies, rocks and sticks
  11. 11. function v. structure March 1998 “asymptomatic abnormalities”
  12. 12. yin and yang of animal movement
  13. 13. spinal cord
  14. 14. isolation v. integration whips and chains
  15. 15. athletics, dance and martial art “Lift the weight with your whole body.” “Hit the ball with your whole body.” “Coordination is the quality which enables the individual to integrate all the powers and capabilities of his whole organism into an effective doing of an act.” Bruce Lee
  16. 16. functional movement v. isolated machine training “Is your workout wasting your time? Best Life December 2007 by Paul Scott illustration by Matt Mahurin
  17. 17. “it’s all one muscle.”
  18. 18. core: what do we want? strength? skill? speed? a skinny waist?
  19. 19. core body control 130-300 vertebrae lateral undulation, waves of muscular contraction spine as the locomotor engine
  20. 20. on your feet! in the position of function! specific to real-world challenges!
  21. 21. a world of free weights
  22. 22. balance and proprioception from Latin proprius, meaning "one's own" the “sixth sense” or the “secret sense” motor commands proprioceptive data: 390 feet per second
  23. 23. multi-plane performance sagittal: marching frontal: side-hill transverse: dance it’s psychophysical
  24. 24. a better biped
  25. 25. 6 million years of barefooting v. 25 years on marshmallows 1984 Air Jordan 1
  26. 26. today earliest bipedalism: AMHS 6 mya lucy
  27. 27. The painful truth about trainers: Are expensive running shoes a... Click here to print The painful truth about trainers: Are running shoes a waste of money? Thrust enhancers, roll bars, microchips...the $20 billion running - shoe industry wants us to believe that the latest technologies will cushion every stride. Yet in this extract from his controversial new book, Christopher McDougall claims that injury rates for runners are actually on the rise, that everything we've been told about running shoes is wrong - and that it might even be better to go barefoot... By CHRISTOPHER McDOUGALL Last updated at 8:01 PM on 19th April 2009 Every year, anywhere from 65 to 80 per cent of all runners suffer an injury. No matter who you are, no matter how much you run, your odds of getting hurt are the same 1 of 12 4/21/09 9:51 AM
  28. 28. "pleasure is power." Kay Redfield Jamison Exuberance
  29. 29. how old is play? • all mammals play • all primates play “Jurassic beaver” 120 mya February 2006
  30. 30. play is a human universal (also language, music, dance and aesthetics) Play is vital to learning and growth. It is also vital for social, organizational and cultural function. Donald Brown 1991
  31. 31. play deprivation has consequences
  32. 32. photos courtesy Stuart Brown MD, National Institute for Play
  33. 33. the power of play Play contributes to increased resilience, creativity, curiosity, learning and adaptation. Play helps us transcend false endpoints. (ideas and methods believed to be complete) see Dick Fosbury BDNF and neurogenesis
  34. 34. “Play exists, in significant measure, to promote plasticity and to teach an animal to take advantage of opportunity.” Kay Redfield Jamison Exuberance
  35. 35. long term athletic development 10 years or 10,000 hours make it sustainable!
  36. 36. creating a culture
  37. 37. the martial art model respect discipline community apprenticeship focus on learning more discipline = more fun
  38. 38. roles everyone’s a coach (but only one sensei) frequent role reversals
  39. 39. clinical play find a weakness, then create a game to challenge it or, assume a weakness
  40. 40. toys, tools, technology • look for appropriate technology • simple toys and tools • any floor, indoors or out invest in people and training! low-tech, high touch
  41. 41. in search of the perfect pump: intro to partner resistance training
  42. 42. a cooperative contest
  43. 43. how to: Choose a functional movement. Find the opposing movement. Develop rapport. Keep adjusting as desired for the perfect pump. “slow the other guy down” “smooth resistance”
  44. 44. athlete or coach? don’t worry about it!
  45. 45. progression high speed high speed low resistance high resistance speed low speed low speed low resistance high resistance resistance