PRI Vision Integration for the Baseball Player always takes me to warm places, which is never a disappointment to me, especially during Nebraska winters! Last weekend was no exception, with Phoenix temps in the 60s, sunshine, and no wind; paradise, even for such a quick trip.
There are several reasons I love teaching this course. One of them is the people that attend. Jimmy Southard, of the Mariners, and his colleagues did a fantastic job hosting and being gracious enough to be frequent volunteers for the demos. Additionally, since Jimmy and a few others had taken this course the first time it was taught over a year ago, they were able to shed some light of personal experience on the room, which is always invaluable for other attendees. We were also fortunate to have attendees from Korea and Japan with us, plus both US coasts. The room was a great mix of athletic trainers, therapists and strength coaches from different professions and backgrounds, not just baseball, which always sparks discussions of further and alternative applications of the concepts. I feel the more discussion and group participation we have in a room, the more everyone, including this speaker, grows from the experience.
The other major reason I love this course is that it’s a day where you can be very new to PRI or seasoned with many years experience and certification behind your name, and you leave looking at every person’s behavior, as evidenced through physical performance and habits, a little differently. I have often been told that this course is a great introduction to vision concepts for physical application, since it’s designed for those who have little or no PRI background even though it is based on core PRI principles. Having fun showing some “magic” with how someone can change if/how strong they can feel a muscle activating by consciously changing how they visually look at their environment is something I truly love. Then to be able to assess the impact of other sensory input, such as how a baseball feels in a player’s hand, (or doesn’t feel when you wrap some athletic tape around it), and use these tools to help players not only get better, but get in a better position to perform with less physical stress, is just the fulfilling finish to an incredible day.
Thanks to all the attendees and hosts!
Keep Moving Beyond Sight,
PS—If you’ve never seen a Phoenix sunset, you should