Keep on Rollin
There’s no substitute for doing some side rolls on the floor, like the CBFer is doing in this short video.
His form is great. If this were Olympic ice skating, he’d get a 10 out of 10. Most important, his form is safe. Note these:
- The nice collapse of his arm onto his chest that helps round the shoulder for contact with the ground. This both starts to dissipate the force of his falling body and protects the shoulder complex.
- There is straight spinal alignment from his head to his tail bone. No twisting. A strong core keeps the shoulders parallel to his hips. His strong neck muscles keep his head safely off the floor.
- The rolls are relaxed. His body is lightly braced, but not stiff, which enables a smooth, non-jarring transition from one side to another.
There are real benefits to getting on the floor and rolling that are just as important and effective as lifting weights.
You stimulate sensorimotor system that lets you know where you are in space. This helps with balance and body awareness.
Gravity forces lymph, a key part of our immune system that relies mainly on muscle contractions for circulation, to move in novel ways, similar to yoga.
Your joints and spine are subjected to light, quickly changing forces that stretch and lubricate tendons, ligaments, and other connective tissue. When these are routinely stressed, just like muscles they get stronger.
Rolling can be relaxing. Like massage, it just feels good.
Last but not least, rolling is a critical skill if you take an accidental fall. Skilled rollers get up with fewer injuries.
That’s why in the Younger Games we get down on the mats and rock and roll.