Understanding rider symmetry for performance - the coaches role

Introduction to the course

The coach is instrumental in the management of asymmetries. There is no doubt through meticulous progression of the rider as they develop and improve, the coach can prevent problems occurring if asymmetries are identified at an early stage. 

Asymmetries are not performance enhancing, they contribute to a riders plateau and sometimes pain, positively or adversely effect the movement of the horse and therefore creates a limitation to the progression of the horse and rider combination.

This enhanced package is a series of 23 videos delivered by Andy Thomas with approximately 125 minutes of content material. It includes a comprehensive discussion about child development and the coaches role in equestrian sport and two on horse observations which include lateral work, the use of long and short bands as tools for on horse activation and key rider activation exercises.

Filmed during a live presentation weekend the aim of this course is to introduce the coach to the theory of asymmetry in riders, and relate this to coaching intervention, activation exercise and evaluating outcome in horse and rider performance. Andy presents in a clear and practical style, providing uncomplicated but effective solutions to common rider dysfunctions.
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With approximately 125 minutes worth 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 coaches can complete this course at their own pace and convenience and go on to use this knowledge in their working and riding practice.
Learners can work through a series the series of video clips independently to suit their own learning style. Completing this online course will give the viewer further knowledge skills and a better understanding of the human equestrian athlete and their impact on horse sport performance.

Andy has developed and refined the Testt process during his 15 years working within elite equestrian sport. He brought with him a background of working in elite high performance, athlete education, and practitioner education, and of course his own experience as a competitive rider.
Pushing forward with training programmes that created stronger and fitter riders, he started to notice re-occurring patterns of movement and in particular "asymmetries", that held back both the rider and the horse. The understanding that the specialist demands of specific sports can create overload, overuse, dominance, weakness and imbalance is well-established in performance and rehab... but the practical application of this knowledge was lacking in the equestrian world.
He set about testing, trialling, researching and re-evaluating. He applied this developing methodology to both the elite and novice riders he worked with, and still works with. Over time he refined this into a "system" that could provide continuity and reliability for his own work, and for other practitioners, coaches and riders. With his background in education the natural next step was to produce resources, then to lecture, then to present workshops and CPD courses with the Testt Process at their heart. He has gone on to present internationally and become one of the most well-established and respected lecturers in this field.
Whose Learning Experience?
We consider these educational materials suitable for equestrian coaches who wish to develop a further understanding of rider asymmetry and how it affects horse and rider performance.
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.

For any queries contact: [email protected] or visit www.testt.co.uk

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01. Introduction

Welcome, we meet Andy Thomas developer of Testt and our course educator.

02. Asymmetry

Testt’s methodology is based on detailed consideration of riders. We find out how the first observations provided a starting point for Testt.

03. What is Asymmetrical?

When you observe a rider what do you see?

04. Asymmetry Terminology

We commonly see different types of asymmetry on a horse, they can be differentiated.

05. Asymmetry Examples

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.

06. On Horse Observation 1

A shared starting point to promote detailed observation of flat work, here ridden by an amateur eventer.

07. On Horse Activation Long Band 1

Watch how the rider and horse change after we use a long resistance band to activate.

08. On Horse Activation Wrist Band 1

Further activation and seat engagement are demonstrated by utilising a small resistance band.

09. Functional Stability and Control

We discover the basics of rider biomechanics and the importance of stability.

10. Rider Position

Andy defines the correct position of a rider.

11. Rider Biomechanics - Jumping

Perfecting the turn by enhancing balance, stability and control.

12. On Horse Observation 2

An advanced approach to the assessment and adjustment, featuring a novice dressage rider.

13. On Horse Activation Long Band 2

Watch how the dressage horse and rider changes after we use a long resistance band to activate.

14. On Horse Activation Wrist Band 2

Further activation and seat engagement is demonstrated with this dressage rider, by utilising a small resistance band.

15. Lateral Work

Following all the off-horse and on-horse activation, we introduce lateral work with this dressage horse.

16. Rider Clam Shell

An open chain activation exercise.

17. Sitting Serpentine

An exercise to improve the effectiveness of the riders seat.

18. Rider Lateral Push in Standing

A closed chain activation exercise.

19. Child Development and Asymmetries

When do asymmetries start developing in children and can they be prevented.

20. Motor Development

How can we enhance the riders development to improve their riding skills?

21. Development Inhibitors

A coach can influence child development positively but it is important to understand how specific areas can possibly affect it negatively.

22. Aspects of Growth and Development

It is important we understand how the body develops and changes so that we can enhance the development and prevent injury.

23. Overuse and Pain

As children develop they are vulnerable to injury if pushed too much at the wrong time.

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