Vestibular System Activation in Saves of High and Low Shots

Vestibular System Activation in Saves of High and Low Shots

Incorporating vestibular system activation and applied neuroscience into handball goalkeeper training represents a cutting-edge approach to enhancing performance.

Vestibular System Activation and Applied Neuroscience in Handball Goalkeeper Training

In the demanding role of a handball goalkeeper, quick reflexes, exceptional balance, and spatial orientation are extremely important. Recent advancements in sports science have highlighted the significance of the vestibular system and applied neuroscience in optimizing these attributes.

I have started using principles of applied neuroscience in my handball goalkeeper coaching 10 years ago, and I have noticed big improvements amongst the goalkeepers I worked with. I enjoy talking about this part of my coaching work when I lecture around the world, as these are some more advanced, newer ideas in goalkeeper coaching.

Vestibular System Activation

The vestibular system, located in the inner ear, plays a critical role in maintaining balance, coordinating movements, and spatial orientation, all of which are very important for goalkeepers. Activating this system through specific training exercises can significantly improve a goalkeeper’s ability to maintain equilibrium and stability during very quick movements and saves.

Exercises that stimulate the vestibular system include balance specific and challenging positions with addition of slow or dynamic head movements, with addition of proprioceptive drills in more advanced versions of exercises.

Applied Neuroscience

This field applies principles from neuroscience to enhance the cognitive functions related to sports performance. For handball goalkeepers, this means improving reaction times, decision-making under pressure, and visual tracking of fast-moving objects. Techniques such as neurofeedback, cognitive training principles, and sensorimotor training exercises are some of the ways used to sharpen these cognitive skills.

Integrating vestibular system activation and applied neuroscience into goalkeeper training can lead to visible improvements in performance. Goalkeepers can react faster to shots, adjust their positioning with better accuracy, and maintain focus throughout the game. This holistic approach not only enhances physical capabilities but also optimizes mental processing and decision-making, crucial for the split-second judgments required in goalkeeping.

 

The combination of vestibular system activation and applied neuroscience in handball goalkeeper training offers a modern, scientifically backed method to boost performance. By focusing on both the physical and cognitive aspects of goalkeeping, coaches can provide their athletes with the tools needed for success on the court, making saves that were once thought impossible and elevating their game to new levels.

 

Video with Vestibular System Activation in Saves of High and Low Shots

In this video you can see one of my favorite combo drills for work on vestibular system and technique for saves of high and low shots.
Before you do this combo drill with your goalkeepers, make sure that they can first perform properly all separate elements of it.

We always need to make sure that our goalkeepers can first do individual elements of technique properly before including a combo drill from this video or any other combo drill in their training process.

 

 

If you need help with learning how exactly proper goalkeeper basic technique looks like and how it should be taught and worked on with young goalkeepers, then you can join my Level 1 Video Course for coaches!

 

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