Our approach is based on the newest researches in neuroscience. This system is based on the concept that the end result of every form of training is a reflection of whether or not we have improved brain function. While you may not know it at this point, everything you experience in your body from pain to high-performance is a direct result of how your brain is functioning. In the model below, the athlete's brain sits at the center of all of our physical and mental attributes. Our goal as coaches in this system is to determine on a day-to-day (and even moment-to-moment) basis which of these attributes our athletes need in order to improve brain function.
Z-Health puts the athlete, and his or her nervous system, at the center of its training. When you understand modern neuroscience one thing becomes abundantly clear: lackluster performance is not a strength problem. Or a problem resolved through drills. Or resolved through better physical therapy, or stretching. As seen in the diagram below, the Z-Health system focuses on 9 specific athletic attributes. Every single one of them is immensely important to athleticism and not addressing any one of these may be what prevents you from ever reaching your true potential.
The Z-Health Approach to Pain & Performance Barriers
Elite Athletes Intuitively Know Two Things: 1) Every sport can be played with proper movement or with improper movement. 2) Elite athletic performance comes from elite movement skill.
"Athletic performance may be described in terms of a complex interaction of many movements, so that the fundamental phenomenon underlying all sports tasks is movement. Sport then becomes a problem-solving activity in which movements are used to produce the necessary solutions." - Dr. Mel Siff, Supertraining
Z-Health gives you a comprehensive template to identify elite athletic movements - regardless of the sport - as well as the tools to correct them when they are broken to instantly improve performance. Over the years we have proven that Z-Health can help turn a "good" athlete into a world champion and turn a sport-specific coach into a performance-breakthrough artist.
The great Dr. Mel Siff, author of Supertraining, describes sport as problem-solving through movement. Thus, your success in ANY sport lies in your movement mastery. But for many athletes, movement mastery is a nebulous concept. What IS movement mastery and how can you develop it? Athletic movement is composed of an incredibly complex set of interactions between three of your primary body systems:
Your visual system,
Your vestibular system,
Your proprioceptive system.
Think of these three systems as your neural GPS - a combination of satellite signals and a central processing unit designed to let you know where you are and how you are moving with incredible accuracy.
Elite athletes are those exceptional people who easily move from one sport or activity to the next without missing a beat because their neural GPS is fine-tuned and hyper-accurate. Almost everyone comes equipped to BE a natural athlete. Unfortunately, any "bugs" in your neural GPS like a lack of athletic visual skills, bad training practices, mild balance disturbances, injuries, inefficient habitual movement patterns, poor posture, and a host of other issues can combine to prevent you from reaching your full potential.
Z-Health helps you fix all these problems - at lightning-speed - through targeted assessments and drills that evaluate and train every portion of your neural GPS - from your eyes to your toes and everything in between.
Z-Health has analyzed and reverse-engineered elite level athletic performance from a neuroscience perspective for the last 15 years - synthesizing reams of research data into day-to-day protocols that WILL work for you. If you have ever been frustrated with nagging "under-performance," chronic or repetitive injuries, or "unexplainable" aches and pains, recognizing and addressing your neural GPS may be the MOST IMPORTANT thing you have ever done as an athlete.