Do you want to become a better athlete, play forever and live a high quality of Life?

Regardless of your age, sex or background having certain abilities can help you excel in both sport and life, as well as become or...
By
Dr JP Guidry DPT CSCS TPI
January 6, 2023
Do you want to become a better athlete, play forever and live a high quality of Life?

Regardless of your age, sex or background having certain abilities can help you excel in both sport and life, as well as become or maintain your abilities to be an independent and resilient human being.

Before i go any further I want to mention that I have borrowed a lot of these ideas from the great Dan John, who has probably had the biggest influence on me as a coach and PT. I have pulled these from his various books, podcast interviews and articles. I highly recommend checking him out on all of these platforms yourself which I will share links to below.

This article is to demosntrate some standards that all human beings should be able to do in order to perform their best on the course, in the field, and in any aspect of life as well as be able to live a long, high-quality, independent life. As well provide some ideas on how to improve any areas that you may limited in or just wnat to get better with.

These are things, that in reality, we should all learn to do as kids and continue to do as adults, especially as we age. Although, today alot of these skills are missing in kids and defintiely things we lsoe as adults. If you are not prusuing these skills you will lose them.

Some of these are quantitative or qaulitative tests that you can do and some are just general skills to pursue over time.

Below is a list skills and abilities that everyone should posess regardless of age for optimal performance in sport, function, independence, and safety.

1. Be able to get into a deep squat, hold for 30 seconds, then come out.

2. Stand on 1 leg for 10 seconds.

3. Standing Long Jump equal to your height.

4. Pick up and carry at least half your bodyweight.

5. Get up and down from the floor and breakfalling

6. 3-mile walk.

7. Sprint 20 yards minimum.

8. Fight (defend yourself).

9. Play

Basic Human Strength Standards

These are some basic human strength standards on top of the abilities above that I set for the golfers and baseball athletes that I work with. That being said they are probably pretty good standards for any human being of any age. The improtant thing to take away is the prusiuit of these numebrs and getting as close as you can even if you cant get there.

Golf and Baseball specific skills

For golfers, some other activies that you want to focus on is spending time swinging a golf club as fast as you can. Also spending time on swing and skill work related to the game is a key component to better performance. This will be specific to those with a golf perfromance goal but are both key parts of improving that. For baseball the same thing goes for spending time throwing and swinging a bat as fast as you can as well as developing the other skils of the sport. On top of this for both sports we emophasize heavy strength training, full body mobility, jumps, med ball throws and slams, and heavy strength training.

Conclusion

These may all seem very overwhelming. The key that I want you to take away from this is to test your abilities in all of these areas. In the areas that you are limited in spend time focusing on improvement until you reach satisfactory proficiency. In areas that you perform well in still pursue them but you won't need to do it as frequently. The important take away is the constant pursuit of these skills. You should always be testing and challenging yourself in mulitple areas for as long as you live.

Dr. JP Guidry DPT TPI

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Dan John References

Books

Amazon.com : dan john

Blog Articles and Websites

Dan John » The Wide and Wonderful World of All Things Fitness

Dan John University | World Class Workouts On Demand(7) Dan John - YouTube

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