harmonious functioning of parts for effective results”
To develop coordination in your actions you must first realize that it will take a whole lot of patience throughout the practicing of the skills that you are targeting. To acquire ability and maintain or enhance the skills involved you must be prepared to constantly practice and continually challenge
the desired actions. Evolving the skill will come through constantly challenging it! You will be most successful in your coordination acquisition through establishing the skill, and then enhancing it through adaptability.
In Alpine Ski Racing it is essential that you have the control of your actions. Coordinating your movements and maintaining a forward focus are the assets that all successful race runs are built apon. At the rate of speed that you are travelling you do not have the relative time to consider all of the options available. It needs to be an instinct that has been trained into you for you to be able to trust it and adapt from it.
To begin with start with one simple task and work on it for as long as it takes until you feel that you have mastered it. Once you feel that your skill is very good challenge it… for example: to enhance eye/Hand coordination. Begin with one ball and throw and catch. To evolve you could take several paths:
1) Add one more ball.
2) Stand on a balance device or have a footwork pattern.
3) Throw ball against a wall and/or change ball weights and sizes.
4) Use your weaker hand only.
So, at the basic level of coordination training, it sounds quite easy.
As in most training, isolating action is a great way of learning that aspect of training. Coordination training is the area that helps tie all of your skills and assets together. This expresses the importance of being able to coordinate your actions.
Some essentials that you will need to be training so you will be able to coordinate your actions:
-Core strength and stability.
-Thorough warm-up of all joints, muscles and organs
-The 3 most important words in effective training: (Preparation, Perseverance, Diligence)
Beyond the simple needs of having a ready and able body, there are many ways to increase or enhance your coordination. Attached are three very good websites that have some excellent direction and opportunity for you to change your ability to coordinate your athletic actions toward precision. Please NOTE that you should not worry about wasting training time with coordination work. It will always enhance your training if you are focused on your intent.
The First clip has a great explanation and demo by Kyle Sandsmark on Hand/Eye Coordination http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YcuLUevhQKI
Elizabeth Quinn has some excellent direction towards applying your Coordination directly to your strength and power training. There is a fair amount of strength training involved so please start with the slow and simple drills and then expand your knowledge and abilities. http://sportsmedicine.about.com/od/sampleworkouts/tp/AgilityDrills.htm
Tony Ingram gives a great explanation of why, what and how you will benefit from appling coordination training to your daily routine. http://www.bboyscience.com/coordination/