Over the past years I have been blessed to visit colleges and spend time with their strength staff working on multi-directional speed concepts, strategies and techniques. We have had great success in building successful approaches.
The area I have wanted to impact at the college level is the Physical Education, Exercises Science, Health and wellness, Physical Therapy, and other movement related fields. I beleive each college student needs to take a Multi-directional Speed Movement Concepts and Implementation 101 (The why’s, how’s…). There is so much misinformation out there on correct movement principles.
If physical education teachers really understood multi-directional speed techniques think how they could impact the quality of movement in our young kids. They could help reduce the potential for ACL and other injuries. They could improve overall confidence that is presently low in children who don’t have good movement abilities.
In the past few weeks, coaches I know have lost players to non-contact ACL injuries. This doesn’t need to happen! In the past few weeks I have watch many high school and younger basketball games and I see such poor movement quality. It doesn’t need to be this way.
I really want to see a change happen through the masses. This can only happen if the people who have contact with kids most often understand multi-directional speed concepts. As we are all aware, Physical Education is foolishly being cut in many schools and PE teachers are trained to handle groups and organize lessons. If each day kids were being taught the foundations of movement and this extended throughout the time they were in school, then we would see so much more quality in movement.
The education of parents, youth coaches, and all involved in working with kids should also be brought to the forefront. Movement is that important! It makes people feel empowered and able to accomplish tasked with grace and control. We either move or we die! Let’s improve the quality of our movement in sport, exercise, and daily living.
Change is coming!