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Why and How To Rotate for Sports part 1

Research has exploded in the last few years and with the advent of the World Wide Web access to it has gotten much easier. Along with this enablement is the why behind what you are doing in addition to the how and when. One of these components to training for sport is the need for rotation to develop better, throwing, running and other needs to improve an athlete's performance.

You may be aware of this fact or if you have been training with us you probably have experienced our emphasis and instruction on the need for this quality. Or you may have never even heard of us and have never been into our center. Whether you are familiar with us or not, we want you to know the why behind what we teach. That is the goal of today's post to help you become aware of the reason behind the method. Just as the book title says we want you to start with why!

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First we want to begin with the type of rotation that we are talking about and what it looks like.

The type of rotation that we are talking about is driven from the floor and ends up translated through the arm or the implement that is utilized in an athlete's chosen sport. We are however not referring to an isolated move wherein the trunk is the only thing that is moving. An example of this technique is shown in a proper golf swing, pitching, and a slap shot in hockey and so-on.

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After that last statement, you may be thinking, "so this is an important component to sports" and you would be very right if you are. So it would then in that case make sense to learn how to do it well for increased power and efficiency for sports performance.

So now that you have the why we should rotate well, how then can one do it? Also is there any risk in rotating? (As you may have heard that there is.)

The next few paragraphs and correspodning posts will give you some answers and a few ways to develop this quality to make you a better athlete.

Before we begin the next part let's cover how to rotate and how not to accomplish this task.

When we look at the body for performance and health, we need to realize that the body operates in movements and these movements are powered by systems or slings of muscles that function together to perform that move. In rotation we have both the anterior and posterior slings as seen below.

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In order to better utilize this sequence to throw, run and other sports activity requires that you utilize a particular technique. Not only will this create better power but will also better help prevent non-contact overuse injuries as you play.

The next two posts will continue to answer these questions and give you some ways to learn how to use this principle for sports performance and injury prevention. So keep tuned to this blog and like us on face-book for more information.

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