"PRACTICE DOESN'T MAKE PERFECT......ONLY PERFECT PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT" VINCE LOMBARDI

 PROFESSIONAL INSTRUCTION IS AN INVESTMENT IN YOUR CHILDS FUTURE.  DO NOT ALLOW YOUR ATHLETE TO BE SELF TAUGHT OR LEARN FROM A BOOK OR VIDEOTAPE.  PRACTICING BAD TECHNIQUE AND FUNDAMENTALS IS WORSE THAT NOT TRAINING AT ALL.  GET FIRST CLASS INSTRUCTION WITH A REPUTABLE COACH HAVING MORE THAN 2 DECADES OF EXPERIENCE.  PARENTS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME AND ENCOURAGED TO BE INVOLVED.  

THE MEDIAL CUNEIFORM

\ MEE DEE UHL Q NEE A FORM \ IS LOCATED BEHIND THE FIRST METATARSAL WHICH IS THE LONG BONE BEHIND THE BIG TOE.  ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS A STUDENT IS TAUGHT IS TO STRIKE THE BALL ON THIS PARTICULAR BONE OF THE FOOT.  

I OFTEN REFER TO THIS AS THE KNUCKLE BONE ON THE TOP OF THE FOOT, USUALLY RESTING UNDER THE 4TH OR 5TH EYELET OF THE SHOE.  THE MEDIAL CUNEIFORM IS SLIGHTLY RAISED AND APPEARS AS A BUMP UNDER THE SKIN.

FULL PLANTAR FLEXION

DEFINITION: "WHEN THE FOOT OR TOES FLEX DOWNWARD TOWARD THE SOLE."  THE IMAGE ABOVE DISPLAYS BALL CONTACT ON THE MEDIAL CUNEIFORM WHILE THE FOOT IS LOCKED IN FULL PLANTAR FLEXION.  FAILURE TO HAVE THE TOE LOCKED DOWN AND STRIKING THE BALL EITHER IN FRONT OF OR BEHIND THE MEDIAL CUNEIFORM BONE WILL PROVIDE A POOR HIT WITH BAD RESULTS. 

HOWEVER THERE EXISTS MANY OTHER FACTORS RELATED TO THESE 2 TOPICS AS FOLLOWS.  

EXTERNAL HIP ROTATION

BEFORE WE CAN STRIKE THE FOOTBALL ON THE MEDIAL CUNEIFORM WITH THE FOOT LOCKED IN FULL PLANTAR FLEXION WE MUST FIRST ACHIEVE EXTERNAL HIP ROTATION.  THIS MOVEMENT IS CRUCIAL IN THE DOWNWARD SWING OF THE SHANK AS IT OPENS THE FOOT MUCH LIKE THE FACE OF A GOLF CLUB.  PROPER LATERAL ROTATION GIVES A 90 DEGREE WEDGE STYLE HIT, AND PROVIDED THE TOE IS IN FULL PLANTAR FLEXION AND THE MEDIAL CUNEIFORM STRIKES THE SEAM OF THE FOOTBALL ON THE "SWEET SPOT" MUCH OF THE KICKING EQUATION HAS BEN ADDRESSED. 

JUST A SMALL PIECE OF THE BIGGER PUZZLE

UNDERSTANDING THESE FORMULAS WILL IMPROVE YOUR SKILL BUT MANY OTHER FACTORS ARE NECESSARY TO COMPLETE THE EQUATION.  IN ADITION TO MY 24+ YEARS OF COACHING EXPERIENCE WE WILL OFFER THE SKILL OF A LICENSED PHYSICAL THERAPIST UPON REQUEST.  MY CLOSE FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, JAY MACARELLA, UTILIZES A UNIQUE COMBINATION OF SERVICES EXCLUSIVELY TO ATHLETES TRAINING WITH

 5 STAR KICKING. 


BIOMECHANICAL ASSESSMENTS (FLEXIBILITY, RANGE OF MOTION, STRUCTURAL ALIGNMENT /JOINT MOBILITY), FUNCTIONAL MOVEMENT SCREENING AND 3D MAPS ARE TOOLS THAT CAN BE USED TO EVALUATE AN ATHLETE'S MOVEMENT SKILLS.  AREAS OF STRENGTH AND / OR WEAKNESSES WILL BE IDENTIFIED, AND IF NEEDED, CORRECTIVE EXERCISES PROVIDED TO ENHANCE PERFORMANCE AND REDUCE INJURY RISK, 


IN 2018 JAY AND I WILL PUSH THE BOUNDARY OF OUR KNOWLEDGE BY DEVELOPING OUR OWN SCREENING METHODS UNIQUE TO KICKERS AND PUNTERS.  WITH THE HELP OF JIM COOPER JR. WE  WILL BRING ALL OF OUR KNOWLEDGE TOGETHER TO PROVIDE THE MOST SCIENTIFIC APPROACH POSSIBLE TO MAXIMIZE THE OUTCOMES OF OUR COACHING METHODS AND PHILOSOPHIES.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

UNDERSTANDING BIOMECHANICS TO IMPROVE KICKING PERFORMANCE

bi·o·me·chan·ics

[ˌbīōməˈkaniks] IS THE SCIENCE OF MOVEMENT OF A LIVING BODY INCLUDING HOW MUSCLES, BONES, TENDONS AND LIGAMENTS WORK TOGETHER TO PRODUCE MOVEMENT.   THE BETTER WE UNDERSTAND HOW EACH ATHLETE MOVES THE BETTER WE CAN TARGET THEIR WEAKNESSES AND SUGGEST A DETAILED PLAN FOR IMPROVEMENT. ONCE IMPROVED THEIR BODY WILL FUCTION IN A MANNER THAT WILL ALLOW THEM TO PERFORM THE CRITICAL MOVEMENTS NECESSARY FOR OPTIMAL PERFORMANCE.  

MANY THANKS TO THE GREAT STAFF AT NY SPORTS SCIENCE LAB

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