I've used this drill with my younger athletes to teach core stability and mobility. Essentially, it's an unguided Turkish Getup, with the only instructions being to keep the ball on the palm of the hand while getting down and up from the floor.
This instance, however, veered from it's intended purpose of core stability and gave different insights. Most of the girls (there's about 30 in this group) could carry out the original instructions easily, so I had them do multiple reps. While it didn't increase core stability, it did give an interesting insight.
One of the things that is noticeable in many young athletes these days is that the lack of exposure to varying sports and movements in efforts to maximize sport specific skill. This leads to compensations in movement, lack of mobility, and common patterns that may predict injury. By finding these patterns and creating situations that forces athletes to solve physical problems, we can begin to create a healthier and well rounded athlete.
The insight gained from this exercise, while intended for stability, ended up being an observation into their "default mode" of compensation and movement patterns. These new insights can now be used to develop a more accurate program for the team.
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