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Vision and Attention: Convergence Insufficiency and ADHD

In recent posts we’ve explored the link between vision and movement.   (Vision and Movement and Cranial Nerves) The relationship between vision and movement is natural:  vision is inextricably linked to the brain, both reflecting what the brain is thinking but also regulating sensory inputs.  

Suck-Swallow-Breathe: The Origins of Advanced Motor Control

“Infant feeding is a complex process, requiring the precise coordination of sucking, swallowing, and breathing. The pharynx is the shared anatomic pathway for both swallowing and breathing; however, these two activities are mutually exclusive. Therefore, the pharynx must be continually reconfigured so that an infant can successfully eat and breathe at the same time” (Goldfield 2009)

Stretching: Acute versus Regular

Stretching is a time honored tradition in sports, but has recently been highly scrutinized both in the research literature and in the coaching field. As a result, many have banished stretching to the exercise waste basket in favor of other methods. But is that entirely justified?....

For the complete post, please visit HERE at Swimming Science.

Heart Rate vs. Heart Rate Variability: Endurance Sport Application, Part I(A)

Before moving to Part II of this series (evidence of HRV applications in endurance athletes), I think it’s worth brief detour… 

(See Part I HERE)

Heart Rate vs. Heart Rate Variability: Endurance Sport Application, Part I

Why are you telling me to track heart rate variability?  I thought heart rate was unreliable??  

The Psoas...Length, Strength, and Timing

The psoas...still not fully understood and often overlooked.  Generally the psoas is believed to work in hip flexion and lumbar stabilization, with possible contributions to hip rotation.