Introduction to the treatment and management of the asymmetrical rider - enhanced package
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Filmed during a live presentation weekend the aim of this course is to introduce the practitioner to the theory of asymmetry in riders, and relate this to testing, intervention, exercise and evaluating the outcome. Andy presents in a clear and practical style, providing uncomplicated but effective solutions to common rider dysfunctions.
With over two and a half hours of video material, the course is partitioned into easily manageable sections for easy review and is supported by course notes in pdf format. Real riders, with real-time evaluation and real world solutions are presented. The aim is that practitioners, coaches and riders can complete this course at their own pace and convenience and go on to use this knowledge in their working and riding practice.
We consider these educational materials suitable for professionals working with the human equestrian athlete who wish to develop a further understanding of rider asymmetry and how it affects horse and rider performance:
- - Therapists with or without equestrian experience
- - Saddle Fitters
- - Coaches
- - Strength and conditioning trainers
- - Personal Trainers
- - Pilates Instructors
- - Vets
- - Equine therapists
- - Biomechanists
- - Lecturers
Please note these courses are for your personal use only. It is strictly forbidden to share the videos with anyone else or share through an institution. Please contact us if you would like to arrange group access.
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Welcome, we meet Andy Thomas developer of Testt and our course educator.
Testt’s methodology is based on detailed consideration of riders. We find out how the first observations provided a starting point for Testt.
When you observe a rider what do you see?
We commonly see different types of asymmetry on a horse, they can be differentiated.
In this clip, Andy encourages us to think about forces and the effect of these on suppleness and common asymmetries that you see on a horse.
Andy focuses on how anatomy relates to the functional movement of the rider.
An in-depth consideration of the key areas of rider anatomy.
A shared starting point to promote detailed observation of flat work, here ridden by an amateur eventer.
Andy takes us through his detailed off-horse evaluation of the rider utilising the Testt process.
Watch how the rider and horse change after we use a long resistance band to activate.
Further activation and seat engagement are demonstrated by utilising a small resistance band.
We discover the basics of rider biomechanics and the importance of stability.
Andy looks at the relationship between off-horse stability and functional stability on the horse.
Andy defines the correct position of a rider.
Perfecting the turn by enhancing balance, stability and control.
Andy’s findings are categorised and explained, asymmetry types are defined.
An overview of the probable structures that become underactive and/or overactive.
Creating an effective functional rider assessment for your own practice.
Andy discusses key members of the multi-disciplinary team that influence horse and rider performance.
An advanced approach to the assessment and adjustment, featuring a novice dressage rider.
Andy uses the Testt process to evaluate the rider off-horse. Watch has he adds a more detailed assessment.
Watch how the dressage horse and rider changes after we use a long resistance band to activate.
Further activation and seat engagement is demonstrated with this dressage rider, by utilising a small resistance band.
Following all the off-horse and on-horse activation, we introduce lateral work with this dressage horse.
An open chain activation exercise
An exercise to improve the effectiveness of the riders seat.
A closed chain activation exercise
A more complex exercise to develop the riders seat.
A functional exercise for the leg aid that enhances functional trunk stability.
When do asymmetries start developing in children and can they be prevented.
How can we enhance the riders development to improve their riding skills?
A coach can influence child development positively but it is important to understand how specific areas can possibly affect it negatively.
It is important we understand how the body develops and changes so that we can enhance the development and prevent injury.
As children develop they are vulnerable to injury if pushed too much at the wrong time.