Thursday, April 30, 2009


The other day a teacher in the high school approached me about their niece. The niece was hampered by chronic bilateral knee pain & she sought my advice. I asked this person about their niece's activities, and they told me the athlete was injured at a very popular strength & conditioning coach's "speed school".

Oh, I forgot to mention the athlete in question is a 9 year old.

I'm sure my European readers are laughing right now. Come on everybody, how did this get stolen from the physical educator? More important, how can we re-claim it? Click on the picture to enlarge it. It is the movement paradigm from a book Vern Gambetta recommended to me years ago, "Physical Education for Children" by Gabbard, LeBlanc et al.

Yeah, I still follow it. As the years go by, the more athletic training has become remedial physical education. Print it out & try it yourself- it works.


JH said...

I've heard of the same thing up here in Northern NY. Here it's called jump school. When I ask why it's called jump school no one can tell me.

Good Post!

bk said...

Nice figure!

Physical education for adults often seems to require an even more remedial approach. A lot of sedentary adults can't even begin a jogging program without hurting themselves. And, most of us can't use a computer without hurting ourselves. :-/

Joe Przytula said...

JH- Please post the link to your hunting fitness article.

Bonnie- the model applies to adults as well. Jogging or even prolonged walking (sagittal plane) may be outside the envelope of function for the sedentary. More emphasis in the non-locomotor/stability area is time well spent! That's where we're building bone density & getting stronger & all that good stuff. The dumb infomercials & programs like "biggest loser" only adds to the confusion.

JH said...

Joe I also posted it on my blog (which I have neglected lately).

But here it is also.