MODULE 2.7: Rotation

What are rotation patterns?

In the context of our 7 fundamental movement patterns, rotation refers to the ability to transfer forces from the ground or our foot to our extremities (hands/other foot). Whilst this is a vague definition, it is apparent that it includes whole kinetic chain rotational movements such as throwing, bowling, and kicking. We loosely classify our rotational patterns depending on how much of the kinetic chain is involved.

What do rotation patterns train?

Muscles/Movements

Another pattern that is very dependent on the exercise variation you've selected, and how much of the kinetic chain is involved. At Rise, we subscribe to myofascial sling based biomechanical models which are particularly relevant for rotatory power, however this is beyond the scope of this introductory module. Generally speaking though, rotation movements carry over to many different aspects of sports performance including running/sprinting, throwing, kicking, and change of direction

What are the technical KPI's of an upper body pulling pattern?

Very movement-specific, however general recommendations are:

  • Back is neutral, ribcage compressed

  • There is a point of stability from which rotation forces are generated

How can we address technical errors?

  • Cuing

  • Regression/progression of the movement

  • Use of constraints

What are some variations of a rotation pattern?

  • Med ball throws

  • Rowing variations

  • Band/cable resisted punch/scoop variations

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