Before we dive deep into understanding how to improve your reaction times, let’s take a look at the difference between reaction and reflex. Yes, there is a difference and I’ll explain. A reaction is a response to stimuli that travels first to the brain, then the spinal cord and eventually manifests as a physical movement. A reflex is processed faster and can be explained as a response that goes directly through the spinal cord to initiate an autonomic response to harm or danger.
Think of your initial reaction to the pain of heat. The body‘s instinct or reflex is to move. Now think about the reaction you have when the stoplight turns from red to green. Your learned reaction is to apply force to the gas and go. Therefore, the difference between a reaction and a reflex can be summarized by understanding the differences between learned behavior versus instinct.
How Rotation Training and Reaction Times Are Connected
You may have heard about the concept of neurological downtown. If you haven’t let’s explain. The concept of no neurological downtime encourages your muscles to rapidly shift from the agonist to the antagonist. This gives athletes the bonus of heightened response time and a more fluidic movement. Rotational training helps to stimulate increased neurological processing times by improving the firing order of the kinetic chain. How can you be sure your muscles are operating in the most fluidic way possible?
Rotational training will identify those muscles weakest in the kinetic chain, strengthen them and give your overall movement a more streamlined flow. Now that you have optimized the kinetic chain through rotational training, you’ll find that you’re now able to move seamlessly and react faster than you previously were able to.
Types Of Reactions In The Body
The human body will react to only three types of stimuli, cognitive, audible and visual. No matter where the stimuli comes from, the result is a mechanical movement from your body. These mechanical movements take place using multiple muscles and joints to create a single movement. The simple process of lifting your leg involves many muscles and joints in the hip, abdomen, lower back and many other places you would have never expected. All those muscles are influenced by one another which results in the desired movement of lifting your leg.
Whether the reason for lifting your leg was a cognitive decision based on avoiding an impact, an audible decision based on the referee’s whistle, or the visual decision based on an oncoming obstacle, the same muscles in your kinetic chain are used. Therefore, utilizing rotational training to improve the firing of your kinetic order will enhance your reaction time for all sports & activities.
One Method To Rule Them All
Rotational training is the pinnacle of modern sports training and delivers many comprehensive benefits. Whether you’re a swimmer, golfer, soccer player or anything else, rotational training will improve your reaction times to help you perform better.