CAN YOU DO THE PELVIC SHIMMY? How about the
dolphin or the Cos sack dancer? They're not retro
dance moves, they're exercises in Ball Bearings,
co-authored by UVic Sport and Exercise Science
alumnus Stefan Scott, MSc '00.
"Because the exercise ball is inherently unstable,
just sitting on it means you're recruiting core
muscles that aren't often used," says Scott. "And
research shows that people with good core stability
are less likely to suffer from lower pack pain
Scott and fellow rehabilitation and exercise
specialists, Jeff Compton and Matthew Tyler,
developed their book after working at the Canadian
Back Institute, where exercise ball workouts
were effective for everyone from average back-pain
sufferers to elite athletes.
"We were using this stuff every day in the clinics," says
Scott. "We put together a photocopied booklet
with stick-figure drawings for clients to use
and got such phenomenal feedback that we decided
to put out a real book."
Scott, the UVic physical education department's
senior human anatomy lab co-ordinator, started
his academic career in engineering. But after
switching to human kinetics as an undergrad,
he was hooked. "I just immediately loved it,
learning about and working with the mechanics
of the body. It's so immediate, so applicable
to everyday life."
More information about Ball Bearings is available
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