When it comes to elite competition, athletes want every advantage possible. Sometimes that desire can lead to drug use, which has become a growing concern in major sports and has sidelined many high level competitors. However, there are ways to improve your performance on the field without the use of drugs and the US Clay Target Academy (USCTA) is taking notice. They have turned to Interactive Metronome® training and the results are undeniable!
IM training is great for anybody. You don't have to be experiencing a deficit to benefit from timing & rhythm training. Like anything, practice makes perfect. Neurotiming is a skill that can be improved and that means improvement in daily life. Synchronizing the communication between brain and body has been shown to improve everything from working memory to balance and coordination. Find out how Dennis used IM training to gain an edge on the golf course and in daily life!
Meet Tina Blue, a world class OT who has been practicing for decades. She moved to the Virgin Islands in 2001 and opened her own practice in 2012. In this article, Tina talks about how she has utilized IM with clients from all walks of life, even some superstar athletes. Read more to find out how Tina has been helping clients get the most out of therapy.
Several of the teens that I see have come into the clinic for learning issues, but also are wondering if IM will help them in sports. Whenever a child brings this up to me, I really like to involve them in creating an exercise that they think will help them to work on their specific sport. Now sometimes, the activity is very crazy, and the child is unable to perform it – but sometimes they come up with something really good that I then ask their permission to use with other children.
The important of timing in Speed Skating and the use of the Interactive Metronome
Researchers at Korea University College of Medicine (Park et al, 2012) recently conducted a neural imaging study of elite speed skaters to investigate whether training of complex motor skills resulted in structural changes to the cerebellum. The cerebellum responds to intense, repetitive training with increased brain mass in areas critical for skilled motor movement, in this case for control of balance, precisely coordinated movement, and visually guided movement. The authors compared the cerebellums of professional speed skaters to individuals who did not engage in regular exercise. They found that the specific skills required for speed skating that were trained repetitively resulted in structural changes to the brain that enhanced balance and coordination. They also found that the particular side of the cerebellum that was exercised repeatedly was affected (i.e., the right side due to maintaining balance on the right foot during turns). Of note, the cerebellum is also a central part of the brain’s internal timing network. The timing and synchronization of neural signals ultimately controls balance and coordination...
IM is not only for those with a disorder. Did you know that among other sports teams we have worked with Notre Dame? IM works on timing and precision speed which are critical for an athlete. Check out this media clip