RNT Tubing Reactive
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|Light Tornado Tubing
55 cm size
|Heavy Tornado Tubing
65 cm size
A simple approach to this skill that we have developed is base on these fifteen exercises, which address posture, foundation, and skill building. Skills can be categorized as nothing more than fundamental building blocks or units for performing drills. The term that we would like to coin and associate with RNT training is to TRACK, LOAD, and TOW.
An example of this would be the big offensive lineman from high school is going through a growth spurt and is quite clumsy. He is being asked to perform a pulling maneuver to the right. However, his footwork is not quite good and he finds that he is unable to use good mechanics of getting out of his stance and still make it to the outside, in order to make a block. The techniques that would be used would be to first TRACK the movement. Tubing is wrapped around the players waist, while the coach provides some slight tension in the tubing. The coach stands in the direction in which he wants the player to pull. The player comes out of his stance, and with the assistance of the tension created in the tubing, is able to pull to the outside with a little more ease than usual. This is what we call TRACKING.
The next phase of RNT training would be the LOAD. In this phase, the coach will stand and provide the resistance in the direction from the opposite side of the direction we want the pull to occur. In this fashion, we are now attempting to build the muscle strength and power that will be needed to create the movement pattern we are hoping to accomplish. Several repetitions are done like this. Many people may not be able to go beyond this point, because of the lack of base strength and coordination that they have. Since many injuries may occur through deceleration, the next phase may not be for everybody.
The last phase is called TOW. We can relate or assimilate this phase with what is done in overspeed training. With the person placed in their starting position and the waist band wrapped around their waist, the coach attempts to provide increased tension, by standing on the side that we want the person to pull. At this phase, we are training the neuromuscular system to respond faster than it ever has. The person will be pulled out of their stance position and required to keep up with the tension that has been created in the tubing. Thus the philosophy, TRACK the movement, LOAD the muscles that are responsible for the movement, and TOW the movement to create an overload of the neuromuscular system.
Reactive Neuromuscular Training used to restore functional stability and enhance motor control skills by restoring the synergy and synchrony of muscle firing patterns. Power transfer is only possible with sequentially timed weight shifting. Therefore, in order to accomplish this skill you must be able to recognize and perform the skill of weight shift.
Activities, such as throwing a football or baseball, hitting a tennis serve or shot, hitting a baseball or golf ball, all require successful weight shifting for proper, efficient, energy transfer. To disregard the importance of this skill will lead to poor performance and possible functional or mechanical breakdown.
Stretches by Golf Digest Professional Advisor Ralph Simpson
Illustrations: George Cathey