Scott Jackson from Train Hard Parkour takes us through the connection between proprioception and brain function and how movement can affect learning.
“Peter Strick, PhD. (1995) established another important link; his staff traced a pathway from the cerebellum back to parts of the brain involved in memory, attention, and spatial perception. Amazingly, the part of the brain that processes movement is the same part of the brain that processes learning.”
Trace your way in the physical and forge pathways in the cerebral.
We all know that exercise makes us feel good. In his article, Scott cites recent research suggesting ‘that exercise is a genetic requirement for humans to express health and prevent illness.’ Parkour and proprioception go hand in hand and now it appears that building these physical pathways can greatly influence learning and mental health. Early physical development might have long lasting ramifications. So while it’s never too late, make sure the young people in your life get a head start.
It makes more sense to grow healthy children, than to fix unhealthy adults.
Parkour has always been about being and lasting; about longevity, and we aim to give people the tools in order that they can be and last in their movement practice. It is encouraging to see that other groups around the United Kingdom are also committing to delivering Parkour sessions to those that exercise can especially help with, such as ParkourDance delivering sessions to pensioners and other companies delivering Parkour workshops to those with mental health issues.
Read the article in full here.