There is a lot of talk at the moment about using constraints while training and letting the body find a way to get over them


And there seems great value in doing this and adding them to your training


A simple example of this would be if you wanted a bowler to run in straighter then to have a row of poles for them to run through in the line you want them to run


But make sure you understand exactly why you are using them and if the drills are going to help physically or with your game


Ill give you a couple of examples from each way


One way I’ve seen it go very wrong is within strength training


Now it has great benefits, but more at a submaximal level rather than out and out strength


I’ve heard of coaches loading up a bar, putting it on a players back who hasn’t got great qualities with the squat and saying to squat. Then saying they weren’t concerned about the technique as the body will find a way


Yes it will find a way, but for me this isn’t what the constraints led approach is about


The body will try and survive under the heavy bar but it wont thrive


And it will more than likely break


But then using a bar with different hanging weights at each end and coming up into a half clean or jerk onto the step can help the body find the best pattern into hip extension and flexion whilst keeping the trunk strong


And its similar with technical work


You could use the poles to line up a bowler and not be able to say anything but let the player run through them and align themselves


But if you put some form of constraints on the floor in order to try and get them to increase their stride length at the crease, without first getting their anterior reach and motor control to a good standard then it will just lead to frustration all round


So they are great to use but understand the ins and outs


And as ever if you need help then get yourself into the inner circle


Have a look here


Think differently





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