Perturbations & Rotation
What makes the CoreVYO stand-out from regular resistance bands or other harnesses is having 2 attachment points, one on either hip it provides us the unique ability to create resistance and/or assistance from 360 degrees. This is allows us challenge an athlete’s body position, specifically the lumbo-pelvic-hip complex (core), in the sagittal, frontal, and transverse planes.
Depending on the perturbations, or stimulus from the pull on the bands, we have the ability to directly impact the magnitude and direction of resistance on an athlete. We can challenge the ability to accelerate/decelerate, resist/assist, or we can apply random perturbations to a movement pattern. Whether you’re specifically targeting resistance/assistance or randomizing the direction and magnitude of pull on the bands, the perturbations place a demand that will challenge and develop core strength and control.
While we want to apply resistance in a movement, it’s important that we’re not frequently compromising the biomechanics of the athlete with the magnitude and frequency of the perturbations. The key here is that we are challenging our athletes in their movement patterns without changing the way they perform a movement by applying too much or too little tension.
Assistance vs Resistance
As almost every sport is rotational in nature, we get really excited about the ability to attack rotation, and to train these movements in a functional environment. Whether it’s in the gym/clinic or in a sport specific environment, we have the ability to create perturbations to resist or assist these movements.
Let’s take a hockey player shooting as an example. If the player is shooting left handed, the individual holding the bands can assist rotation by increasing the pull of the band connected to the right attachment (front hip). To increase the resistance of the movement, pull on the left attachment on the back hip
Partner vs Individual
CoreVYO can be utilized with a partner/trainer or individually – either way a rotational affect can be created during movement patterns. Here are a couple quick things to keep in mind.
When working with a partner:
- Whenever possible, hold the bands in opposites hands to create an X pattern. This will allow you to create a greater rotational demand
- When the bands are behind the athlete this will increase demands on the anterior chain
- If the bands are held in-front of the athlete, this will increase demands on the posterior chain
- To increase the vertical demands, hold and manipulate the bands below the harness, as low as you comfortably can
- To increase the level of difficulty for the athlete, randomize the pulling of the bands, stay active and try to challenge the athlete in 360 degrees. Keep them guessing and engaged on the quality of their movement.
- Attach each strap to a fixed surface
- Adjust your body according to our prescribed 6 working zones
- To increase the demand, step further way from the anchor point to create more resistance while not compromising your biomechanics!