Fast Hands, Fast Feet, Fast Brains
Watching this video, it looks like these CBFers are having fun playing some kind of ball game. But what’s really happening, whether they win or lose, is neuromuscular training.
Here are the four key components of neuromuscular performance that are developed in this spirited competition:
Motor control – Literally, the brain instructing the muscles to track the ball with the eyes, moving the body to intercept it, positioning the hand(s) to strike it.
Coordination – Not only do the right groups of muscles need fire to perform a task, but must also be sequenced to accomplish the goal, in this case aiming and striking a fast-moving object.
Proprioception – While the hands and eyes work in tandem, the player needs to maintain dynamic balance and spatial awareness.
Reaction time – Decisions must be made instantly and translated into instructions moving from the brain through the nervous system.
All of these are enhanced by this type of activity. It’s nice to make a good shot, or for your side to score, but most important is the effort, whether the result is perfect or not. In this video, everyone was a winner.