Early-Mid Childhood (1-10 yrs) : Animal Movements/Autonomous Exercises: We use distinct animal movements and postures, coupled with fundamental movement skills within our exercise sessions. We acknowledge the requirement for challenging locomotion, stabilisation and manipulation skills within the appropriate 'window' to maximise development. We take our methods further in promoting archetypal postures to develop greater biomechanical tune, aiding fluidity and control in movement. Below are a couple of exercises we use to develop key interactions between contractile fields. Attend one of our workshops to learn how to adopt our methods in your practice and increase the movement proficiency of your athletes.
Late Childhood (10 yrs- Adolescence): Achieving Technical Mastery: During this period, our focus shifts toward structural and mechanical alterations to enhance force production and absorption. We further challenge attention, reasoning and executive functions through integrating key cognitive stimuli. We recognise the need to develop techniques prior to windows of accelerated learning, ensuring children optimise each window to maximise proficiency. We encourage children and adolescents to calibrate their controlled movements within the changing environment, aligned with task-specific goals. Attend one of our workshops to see how you can integrate our ideas and philosophies with your athletes to enhance their performance.
FUNctionEx Kidz® has a team of qualified professionals that deliver training and exercise sessions to primary schools, secondary schools and a range of external sport clubs. We aim to provide fun and creative exercises for children that are both important for development, and dynamically stimulating. Our methods are designed to nurture children to excel and achieve.
We aim to support organisations and athletes of all ages and abilities, delivering elite programs and offering staffing solutions. Our methods provide children of all ages, skill levels and backgrounds with the tools and knowledge to enhance their physical well-being and performance. We have a network of sports science and strength and conditioning specialists that are educated to adopt our philosophy. We base our methods and structured exercise programs on the scientific research to optimise the development of children. We currently work with a number of professional athletes, sports clubs and schools across the country nurturing their children to improve their physical well-being and long-term development. Our exercises and programs are centred around our unique model, which we believe all children should integrate into their physical activity.
Our methods are different, innovative and pragmatic. We really do set the benchmark for children to move better, feel better and perform better.
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Interacting Contractile Fields:
The donkey kick exercise trains quadruped stability with simultaneous gluteus activation. This movement strengthens the posterior slings stabilising the vertebrae. This sling system is both crucial in gait mechanics and athletic performance. By taking the hip into extension whilst maintaining spinal positioning, the intrinsic stabilisation system is challenged during contralateral hip separation which is a key function of gait.
FUNdamentals: Extending, Flexing, Bracing.
The bear crawl exercise trains both anterior and posterior slings using cross-body patterning to challenge both cerebral hemispheres. This exercise forces stability in the thoracic spine aiding scapula control. The quadruped positioning challenges the intrinsic stabilisation subsystem to provide trunk support.
FUNdamentals: Rolling, Flexing, Extending.
The gorilla two-point shuffle trains movement in the lateral subsystem, strengthening the gluteus medius (abductors) and adductor musculature. By taking the hip into slight flexion, the gluteus medius is at optimum length to promote stability, as oppose to the more commonly overactive tensor fascia latae muscle. Lateral movement is often neglected, but is a key component of pelvic and multi-planar stability.