Coaching Gym Movement Patterns
How to Perform a Rotation Pattern
WHY IS THE ROTATION PATTERN IMPORTANT?
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. Generally speaking though, rotation movements carry over to many different aspects of sports performance including running/sprinting, throwing, kicking, and change of direction
KEY TECHNICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF A SUCCESSFUL ROTATION PATTERN
Very movement-specific, however general recommendations are:
#1 Back is neutral, ribcage compressed
#2 There is a point of stability from which rotation forces are generated from (i.e. front foot on ground)
MOST COMMON ROTATION PATTERN VARIATIONS:
- Med ball throws
- Rowing variations
- Band/cable resisted punch/scoop variations
COMMON TECHNICAL ISSUES IN ROTATION PATTERNS AND HOW TO FIX THEM:
A topic for another day... Complex, and very movement specific!