Marco- awesome question, and a topic I was hoping would get brought up. I touch on it a little bit in the lessons this week, but I’d love to talk more about it…
I 100% agree and think that the Parisi ADW is ass-backwards. Looking at the neuro to metabolic continuum, we want to start on the ground, build stability and regulation of our nervous system, and then progress to a more dynamic environment (movement/standing/locomotion).
However, this is where I feel science and practical application collide.
To preface, I don’t think there is a wrong answer to this- many Coaches in the mentorship do disagree with this- sentiment.
Looking at the demographic of athlete we work with…ages 7-10 in our Jump Start program…ages 11-14 in our Total Performance and then 15+ in our Elite and College programs, I think the Coach needs to know the group, and recognize the time of day we are working with the athletes.
For 9 months of the year we have athletes that come to us from school- where they sit for 7+ hours and have VERY limited access to movement and physical education throughout the day. For them to come to us (after sitting on the school bus or in the car) and then have them start by laying on the ground, can be a tough sell when setting the tone for the group.
SO, this is why we flip it. No science involved, purely looking at it through the lens of “okay, we have this group of kids, they need to get moving and get engaged, lets go”
The flip side of that is that with our older kids- who bring a higher level of maturity and focus- we will shift around the warm up.
The other thing that we have a luxury of is controlled the health of the athlete who enters our program. As you saw last week in the evaluation info, if a kid presents with any kind of limitation we can screen for this, and refer to a PT/AT as needed before they start in a general sports performance group. With this, we know that the kids in our groups are meeting and achieving a baseline of health prior to training.
Long story short, we need to get the kids moving and create buy in and foster a fun environment. This is the true scope of Parisi. Like I tell Coaches in the PSS-network, if you flipped the script and went ground up, cool. If you started with movement because the kids needed it, cool. I think with development aged athletes, it’s more important to expose them to quality movements first, then the order of operations second.
Just my opinion on an amazing question that has many, many answers.