Matt Sacks

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  • JLawBBall X CoreVYO

    Being able to move your body properly throughout training, practices and games is one of the most important things for an athlete as it can decrease injury, increases on-court production and ultimately adding to the longevity of our basketball playing careers. At Jordan Lawley Basketball we use our CoreVYO to improve core strength, movement and balance – we’ve found CoreVYO to be the most efficient and effective tool to do this.

    We strap a CoreVYO on every Pro that enters our gym, instantly we are able to distinguish where they lack strength and can immediately attack those deficiencies through this very interactive tool. The best part is that we’ve been able to see a tangible amount of progress in our players while using the device, which is the ultimate goal.

    Ok, so lets take a look at how we actually make this happen with our guys. Through our daily routine, we use CoreVYO in its rawest form. We start in a stationary setting and use our CoreVYO as a forced accountability tool to make sure each of our players can remained balanced, staying strong through their core during our dribbling sequences.

    After focusing on stationary ball handling skills we move to our progressive ball handling segment. Throughout this segment we turn to the CoreVYO to create resistance or assistance – enabling us to use the device as a momentum-aid. Being able to not only provide resistance is huge for us, especially when we can see our players struggle to get their bodies into a certain position or place on the court. There’s only so many times we can show or tell them to get to that position and constantly resisting them is clearly not working. So they need to actually feel where they need to be, and the assistance is what allows us to do that.

    Once we’ve gone through our progressive ball handling segment we continue using the CoreVYO from a resistance aspect focusing on down hill attacks to the rim. We want our players to focus on first step quickness and balance; simulating bursting past their initial defender. With the resistance we can also simulate what it may be like to get a bump or resistance from a defender. With the double attachment it allows us to change the stimulus and create resistance from any angle. Just like in a game, you don’t know how the defence will react to you and where they could bump you. Being able to simulate this on a downhill attack prepares our guys to be able to handle contact in a game.

    From dribbling and finishing we get into our shooting drills. Preparation is everything when shooting, we all know and understand the importance of having the feet set and being able to get your shot off before a defender gets to you. Body mechanics are everything here, so while applying resistance, we’ve been able to use the CoreVYO to help initiate the players stride and position as they get into their shot. We’ve seen our players become more efficient, consistent and more explosive while getting into their shooting position. Similar to our ball handling segment, if players can’t get into the positions we’d like them to be in, we apply assistance to help get them into these positions. Again, allowing them to have an interactive experience, feeling where they should be getting to. We’ve also seen application in the finishing position of the shot, again providing resistance once they’ve landed, ensuring the player lands in a balanced and controlled way.

    While we’ve had all of our Pro players work with the CoreVYO. We’ve been able to utilize the CoreVYO with players of all ages and skill sets in our sessions. What we appreciate most is that regardless of age or skill we are able to target and correct these deficiencies – as a training company that prides itself on attention to detail and efficiency when developing our clients the CoreVYO has been a great fit for all of our day to day operations.

  • The Puppeteer

    There’s intuitively deep connections between athletes and those that allow them to perform – physiotherapists, strength and conditioning coaches, chiropractors etc. You work together as one unit to achieve the same goal – perform at the highest level possible.

    With CoreVYO there’s a unique opportunity to further that connection – allowing each player to be an integral part of the athletic process in a hands-on capacity that’s rarely seen before.

    So hands on in fact that the original working name of CoreVYO was actually Core Puppet…why you ask? Well as the one holding the bands you have the unique ability to challenge a movement or to assist and help the athlete accomplish the movement – you’re actively part of the training, moving and adjusting the athlete’s movement. You pull the strings, just like a puppeteer.

    This all stems back from the work that Dr. Rick Celebrini and Steve Nash were doing on the court. Celebrini wanted to have a contiguous connection between himself and Steve – specifically on his core, however running around the basketball court with his hands on Steve’s hips wasn’t all that practical. Through much trial and error with varying bands and belts, the CoreVYO was created. A tool that allowed Celebrini to manipulate Steve, challenging his core and positioning in a way neither of them had experienced.

    As the puppeteer, you quickly learn what stimulus to apply, how much, and when – taxing the athlete to the point where it’s just below the threshold of them breaking quality of their movement. It should be a progressive challenge, one that allows for constant feedback and connection between the trainer and athlete. Allowing to feel for where strengths and deficiencies may lie, and ultimately for two people to develop strategies – together, in real time.

    Even when training alone, you can always be your own puppeteer. When attached to a fixed surface, you have the ability to create a feedback loop by changing the angles of your stance, moving closer or further away from the anchor point. Always listening to your body and the demand that is being created through your work. You will quickly learn what you can achieve and progress to move.

    So go ahead, pull the strings and challenge yourself and your athletes in all three planes. They’ll thank you with their performance.

  • 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

    Take a look at it being performed here

    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.

    Working alone:

    • 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!

  • Experimentation & Improvement

    When Steve Nash started working with Rick Celebrini, he was already an NBA All-Star in Dallas. One of their major working points was to help get Steve’s left side to fire so he could get square to the hoop. He was suffering from spondylolisthesis which affected the way his muscles were firing, ultimately leading to the (small) gap in his game.

    Steve and Rick repeatedly did exercises to help get his left side around and square to the hoop, no matter what direction he was coming from. The goal was for Steve to be able to go left or right to shoot/pass/dribble with equal skill – it becomes a tough thing to scout when you know he can score, pass or dribble just as effectively going any direction…

    This was the original purpose of CoreVYO: to rehabilitate athletes with pelvic and spinal conditions. This has shifted and grown over time to support uses well beyond rehabilitation. The harness has opened up a whole new approach to training comparatively healthy individuals and athletes. The important thing is that it’s about constant experimentation around using different stimuli to garner various responses from our athletes.

    In the game we can’t predict where and when a stimulus will arrive; we are able to do the same thing with CoreVYO. These unpredictable demands reinforce the athlete’s correct muscle sequencing and muscle recruitment through the core.

    The experimentation that Rick and Steve did to constantly adjust and experiment with the created stimulus is ultimately where the benefits lie. Because CoreVYO is a system built on a culture of collaboration and experimentation between athletes and trainers. It’s a platform that allows two people to develop strategies – together, in real time – to build strength, target weak or dysfunctional parts of the body, and perform effectively at a higher level.

    We demonstrate many drills that you can do in our Video Library – whether you’re at the gym, on the court/ice/field. What we’re most excited about us seeing what you come back to us with. We look forward to seeing the different drills, exercises and applications you do in your experimentation.

    For a little inspiration watch Steve taking the old fashioned burpees up a notch!