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Symmetry: An Athletic Advantage?

LearnASP July 9, 2021
This seminar looks at how asymmetry develops in an athlete, and how you can use that to your advantage, and when to train for symmetry instead to optimize long-term performance.
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Research has shown us that that muscular imbalances and asymmetry can lead to an increased tendency for sport injuries. Several studies have also shown that increased symmetry provides an athletic advantage. Thus, if focus were placed on training for symmetry, does that automatically lead to a superior athlete? 

A recent Journal review has have given us a mixed outcome from the current research, indicating that asymmetry does not seem to have a clear influence on athletic measures, nor does a high level of symmetry directly indicate how well the athlete performs. As such, how we can tap into the concept of symmetry to produce an athlete that not only functions better but is more resilient to injury?

This seminar will delve into the understanding how asymmetry in muscle structure and movement patterns develop in an athlete. We will also evaluate the pros and cons of this concept of symmetry in sport and provide practical methods on how and when to train for symmetry so as to develop an actual sporting advantage.

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