The ability to accelerate and decelerate in all directions with speed and precision is fundamental to athletic performance. The ability to change direction without loss of balance, strength, speed or body control too characterizes the athletic excellence that sportspersons yearn to possess and spectators yearn to see. The applied sports science behind the innovative structure of the SAQ® Continuum enables the improvement of these qualities in the proportions required by a particular sport, position and individual, making it the ideal partner for anyone who wants to achieve winning performance. Learn how to use and apply the SAQ® Continuum by attending SAQ® Awards, exclusive to SAQ® INTERNATIONAL and its official agents worldwide.
The journey to athletic excellence starts with establishing fundamental movement competency. This is achieved through experiencing a wide range of different physical experiences. Even if a child exhibits natural movement competency, such as good jumping ability, it is important that they do not specialise too early and that a well-rounded ‘movement vocabulary’ is developed. The Fundamental Movement Award has been developed for all teachers, trainers and coaches who wish to establish and develop fundamental movement competence with balanced, high-quality activities that are fun, challenging and full of variety.
Automatic, explosive movement is what is used by an athlete to wrong foot an opponent and explode into a gap created, or occupy an indefensible position. It is the sequence of actions an athlete will make to cut back to receive a ball, step inside and then turn to accelerate down the touchline. Through continuous, but precise, repetition, the neuromuscular link between intention and action is imprinted. Players of all sports can learn to react explosively, whatever activity, playing position or experience level. The Performance Sports Movement Award has been developed for all teachers, trainers and coaches who wish to improve the athletic and multi-skilled movement performance of competent movers. Using activity general and sports specific drills they can deliver training that is dynamic and intense, improving neuromuscular function and optimising performance.
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