Rolling contact complex
In addition to last week's pressing ground contact complex. This week is the rolling one, we have been using both circuits together so that athletes have a better understanding of differences in ground contact.
The rolling contact is a much slower ground contact and best used when the focus is maintaining horizontal momentum in high impact movements. For example: Cyclical Hopping, Bounding, some hurdle jumps, Long, Triple and High jump take offs... you get the idea. But a lot of athletes get injured because they struggle with this movement.
Stage 1 complex:
Roll to balance - ideally done without shoes (when the grass is dry), the athlete must feel the pressure transfer through the foot from heel to toe stopping in a 1/3-1/4 squat position without raising the heel.
Roll to stand - exactly the same principle as above just to a standing position. Key observations here are: is the athlete extending from the hip or are they trying to lead with the head & chest? Watch the feet, how long does it take to stabilise the end position, where is the weight distributed in all planes.
Roll to leap - when you begin adding the leap in, challenge athletes to have their hands on their hips. Preventing the counter movement of the arms will reduce opportunity for error in the first instance. Also look very closely at the rolling contact, make sure it is actually occurring, what tends to happen is athletes defer back to contacting straight to forefoot or trying to strike the ground - this is incorrect. Lastly the movement is only classed as completed correctly is the athlete lands in a way that enables them to continue into further movement whatever that may be.