Saturday, July 25, 2009

Biotensegrity as a Core Stability Model

“Tensegrities are self–contained non–redundant whole systems. All components are dynamically linked such that forces are translated instantly everywhere; a change in one part is reflected throughout. These features distinguish tensegrities from all other tension structures, e.g. a sailboat’s mast is fixed at the base and needs that fixed point to keep it upright. The boat does not need the mast for it’s integrity but the reverse is not true.”
- A Biotensegrity Explanation for Structural Dysfunction in the Human Torso, Flemons ‘07

Now we need not be concerned how are bodies are oriented to gravity. Many core training enthusiasts use the term, "you can't fire a cannon from a canoe!" But what if you must? Volleyball players do it all the time. As do divers & swimmers.

Biotensegrity is no new-age thing. It has sound engineering roots going back to the 40's and makes perfect sense. And, it fits in perfectly with the new fascia research that has come out in the past few years. I will elaborate more on this in the coming weeks.

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