Ecclesiates 1:9- “There is nothing new under the sun”.
I recently attended a conference that dealt with some new “cutting edge” performance protocols and it got me to thinking. Following are a couple examples:
1960 something – As a young boy I remember going to karate lessons and the first thing the sensei talked about was “Ki”, or controlled breathing.
2013- “Performance breathing”, i.e. breathing from the diaphragm is critical to athletic performance. The presenters listed breathing protocols to be done throughout the day given your state of mind/body. Quote:” As your breathing slows down, the game slows down”. Hmmm…No kidding?
1970 something- As a teenager I get a job on a construction site “carrying hod” i.e. buckets of cement and crates of bricks to be delivered to the brick layers. Tough, full-filling work, you earned your money.
2013: “Loaded Carries” are one of the favorite exercise choices of many performance “gurus” for working dynamic core stabilization into a conditioning exercise. “Farmer’s walks” , like carrying buckets of milk, or mud, are a staple of this protocol.
Back in the day we got paid for toting heavy stuff around. Overhead carries? Try hanging drywall.
1980 something- While giving a presentation to a group of players, coaches and parents at a soccer clinic I was coaching/explaining the benefit of a “dynamic mobility” warm-up and its superiority as a pre-practice/match warm-up to the conventional method used at the time, called “static stretching”. A couple of the parents who were originally from Eastern Europe mentioned that the “dynamic mobility” warm-up was what they used when they were young kids playing soccer. One of the American parents mentioned “It looks a lot like some of the old calisthenics we used to do in gym class back in the day”. Exactly.
2013: Dynamic Mobility Warm-up remains the preferred method of pre-activity warm-up, but has now been coined “Movement Preparation”.
At any rate, we could go on and on, just wanted to share and get some of your thoughts on “what’s old is new again”.