As the COM extends outside the standing perimeter, such a misalignment can increase risk to injury and what’s called a false step(s) – slowing an athlete’s movement to the target – the ball, the score, or the opponent. In American Football, the ball carrier needs to create separation with the tackler, while the opposite is true for the defensive player.
Here are a series of exercises that employ a technique that I perfected called Resist/Assist/Skill, which helped my NFL kickers to set the marks for longest field goals, to most touch backs on kickoffs, while helping Serena Williams to increase her first serve speed from 120 mph to 125.
This performance enhancement technique uses a simple but unique rubber tubing device with multiple points of attachment – The Functional Trainer. You will notice that as you move away from the anchor position, you experience resistance. On the return to position, you are assisted.
Around the World Shuffle
Anchor a rubber cord at waist level. Assume a ready position away from the anchor. Set out such that you can maintain balance against the cord’s resistance. Shuffle from left to right in an arc then return to the start. Try 5 semi-circle shuffles. Turn away from the anchor and repeat – without letting the resistance pull you off the semi-circle. Adjust away or closer to the anchor accordingly.
Remember, you should always consult your physician before beginning any exercise, diet, or nutritional supplementation program.