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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)

Notes from 2012 National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Arizona State Clinic: Part I

Last weekend we attended the annual National Strength and Conditioning Association Arizona State Clinic in Phoenix.  As with last year, host Nick Winkelman brought an amazing speaker lineup for a variety of topics.  This post is the first of two installments, with the information below covering the morning session.  Stay tuned for Part II.

Learning from Babies: Quadruped Stability

The videos tell the story with this one: the same stabilization patterns the baby employs before it embarks on its crawling adventure are the same stabilization patterns you can use with adults to groove rotary stability.

Even the video description provided by the parent is prescient ("She's up on her hands and knees, she's got the strength, and she's figured out forward motion. Now she just needs to trust her hands.")

Playtime for Dryland

“Play is motor poetry.”

-G.S. Hall

Best Athletic Development Books of 2011: Part II

For my midyear report from several months ago, please go HERE.

What's Your Training Age?

How old are you?  I can't think of a more loaded question in sports, other than "how much do you weigh?"  Sports in general take a superficial view of age, whether with young kids or with masters aged adults.  Mostly we think of age in terms of years having lived.  For training purposes, there are three general ways to think of age:

Notes from 2011 National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Arizona State Clinic: Day 2

Only one session on Day 2, but there was so much good information flowing that the program ran more than an hour long.  One of the unique things about this conference was that each presentation complemented the others.   

Long Term Athletic Development (LTAD): Paralympic Athlete with an Acquired Condition

Last weekend was a great weekend for one of our athletes, Paralympic cyclist Kara Vatthauer. At the USA Cycling National Championship in Augusta, Georgia (home of the Masters, of course), Kara earned a berth to the Paralympic cycling world championships with a victory in the Road Race and a second place in the Time Trial in the Visually Impaired category.