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We usually don't think about these things until we really have to.

Injury or a demand for performance improvement can bring about that need and in the case of injury, it can be particularly apparent.

I'm talking about a regression in our physical capabilities.

If you hurt your leg, you will walk less well. If you hurt it badly, you may not be able to walk at all for a while. Without a pair of crutches handy, you may have to resort to hopping and bum-shuffling.

I remember as a toddler that my preferred method of going up and downstairs was some sort of bum-shuffle, even after I'd learned to walk.

That bum-shuffle undoubtedly helped me learn to walk in the first place, as each form of baby locomotion does.

First, when we can't move around through our environment, we explore with our eyes. Then, we start to coordinate our eyes with our head movements. 

Then we start to bend and arch our spine more. This leads us to roll, which leads us to sit and crawl and eventually stand and walk.


When we injure ourselves, we regress to a more primitive means of locomotion. 

Knowledge of the pattern of this regression and the opposite progression can be greatly important in upgrading your skills, injured or not.


At the moment I'm working with a good friend who had a motorcycle accident last year that injured his spinal cord and left him able to move very little of himself. He was told that he would not move his hands or legs again.

Fast forward just short of a year and he has proven them wrong time after time. Yesterday, he intentionally moved one of his legs, his ankle and his toes. He can also move his fingers. 

I think he'll be able to flip the bird at their limitations soon.

He's came a long way and will go a long, long way further. 

Having built on the minimal level of movement his accident regressed him to, soon he will be able to progress to moving himself through space as well as in it.

An example like him really focuses you on how fundamental these building blocks in the chronology of movement are.

Travelling up though the capability spectrum to sports performance, I see improvements that can come from these elementary components regularly.

Eye movement can massively impact rotational symmetry as can neck rotation.

The ability to bend the spine like any baby does as it bring its feet towards its mouth is what is required for a truly "strong core" and again for an athlete that can rotate quickly on the spot (as oppose to an athlete that has the turning circle of a double-decker bus).


To get back to your previous level or to go far beyond it, it may be worth checking that you can walk before you can run, crawl before you can walk and roll before you can crawl.


Arton "The Bum-Shuffler" Baleci

P.S. I highly recommend you bum-shuffle on over to book your space at my upcoming coaching event. The price goes up Monday night so shuffle quick!