This thread may be a little shortsighted, with no real point, but this is because I am merely musing to the community here. If anyone has any input at all, feel free to respond.
To me it makes sense, that a body in balance, would be more efficient body, and thus better able to preform the tasks demanded of it on the athletic field. I guess I should clarify. I said body in balance, because (although I may be mistaken) it would seem a body IN balance, would be better able to display, or in my case, exhume, the skill of balance.
For most sports, or particularly the one I am interested in playing (football), the skills coaches choose to focus on, are muscular strength, muscular power, and cardiovascular conditioning.
I am wondering, how important is the ability to start and stop movements, and the ability to be in complete control of your body throughout the movement, and how much does this control coincide with the ability to preform better.
Lately I have been flushing my toilet with my feet, instead of my hands, in an effort to gain better stability with one of my feet off the ground. Given all factors are the same, would this ability to preform this action, or other similar actions, either A. positively effect my performance (to me this seems likely) B. Negatively effect my performance (unlikely, to me) or C. Not really have an effect at all (very possible)
I am also wondering if incorporating some form of balance training for a few minutes of random days would be beneficial, if it did not cause negative effects on the “meat and potatoes” of my work.
This ‘training’ would probably consist of me just practicing little skills, like using my feet to flush a toilet, or maybe a handstand here and there, or walking on all fours, or just simple activities that humans probably did a lot more of in the ‘caveman’ days such as crouching. I would try to be cognoscente of how much control I have in the movements, and work towards having complete control.
It is my philosophy, that the more efficient human you are in terms of everything, the less it will limit other areas of your life. I also believe that we have the ability to adapt, and gain in areas that have long been underused (for me, flexibility, and balance), and I am throwing the idea out there, that this may be highly beneficial to athletic performance.
These are all just ideas, I haven’t tested any of it, nor have I really given them THAT much thought, I am simply musing out loud to the community.
ALSO NOT SURE IF THIS BELONGS IN STRENGTH SPORTS