Parents everywhere understand the value of educating the mind and send their children to school every weekday. Educating the body is equally as important because we know that movement informs the brain, and the brain informs movement. At ADAPT, we like to explain that our training programs provide individuals with a “movement education.” Similar to a traditional academic education, a “movement education” is a long-term process.
Think about athletic development as a broad concept like “math.” Mathematics is part of academic coursework every year and contains many areas of study including algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus, etc. that in and of themselves take a year or two of schooling to master. I can recall taking (more like suffering through) pre-algebra, algebra I, and algebra 2 in middle and high school. That is 3 full school years on just one of the key topics necessary for an understanding of math.
Additionally, the movement skills we develop require lots of practice just like learning and using mathematical equations. Movements tend to stick around in our brains even if we stop using them and have to rediscover them later in life. Skipping is a great example. As a child, you likely executed a skip effortlessly. ADAPT’s adult classes are a friendly reminder to participants every session that demonstrating a smooth, reciprocal arm and leg action with a double foot contact (i.e. skipping) can be harder than it looks if you are out of practice. It’s like trying to remember each part of the quadratic equation. Or why we even have a quadratic equation (I had to Google it).
Armed with the knowledge that optimal athletic development is a long-term pursuit, parents justifiably pose the following question: “So what exactly will my child learn in an 8-week training program?”
All parents certainly understand that children will not “learn math” in one semester. Your child, however, may learn how to graph the slope of a line, use the Pythagorean theorem, and find the volume of a cylinder. The same is true for athletic development. Your first 8 weeks of training with ADAPT will not expose you to everything that encompasses athletic development, but you will probably land better when you jump, change direction more efficiently, and be able to demonstrate some dynamic flexibility exercises that can get you ready to practice and compete safely and effectively.
Little by little, the more time you spend training with ADAPT’s holistic and appropriately progressed system, the more you will learn. You can graduate through the various competencies and gain exposure to new exercises and challenges to help you become the best athlete you can be. This long-term approach to educating the body is one of the ways that ADAPT is building better athletes.