Movement Training vs Mechanical Training (and When to use each one)
Mechanics are just one step within a kinetic chain reaction (KCR). They work SPECIFICALLY and contradict human motor pattern sequencing – which works rhythmically. If movement (1) flow, (2) rhythm, (3) tempo, and (4) speed are changed at any point during KCR, the result is a redirection of energy. By breaking down the pitching delivery or swing into its most basic form (energy), we can see the positive or negative effect that mechanical redirections create, and that Movement training could correct.
— VeloPro Baseball (@VeloProBaseblI) February 16, 2019
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WHAT IS A MECHANIC?
A mechanical step is a robotic step within a delivery or swing. It is singled out by coaches in an effort to improve its movement path. However, this mentality ignores the overall movement PLANE and can potentially harm its timing, sync, and effectiveness within the overall KCR energy flow.
WHY MOVEMENT TRAINING?
A hitter or pitcher is trying to develop better performance results. They do this by increasing movement efficiencies that will develop higher rates of power, speed, and velocity. By improving muscle power and motor response times, an athlete can outperform the speed of the game. Movement training focuses upon the entire KCR by getting to the root of any ENERGY deficiency or issue.
This 11 year old baller and VeloPRO user is giving a great example here of what we talk about at front foot strike. Notice how his chest is still closed, his shoulders are working “upslope,” and his front heel is securely in the ground. Because these things are in place, he will be able to properly drive on this pitch WITHOUT having to lunge with his upper body and head. Being able to get the front foot in the ground while still closed and loaded is vital to maximizing every pitch. @bigleagueedge #VeloPRO #Baseball #Pitching #Velocity #Command #baseballislife #baseballseason #baseballlove #baseballplayer #collegebaseball #baseballswag
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