The discipline of sports kinesiology is built on knowledge of diverse branches of kinesiology. The goal is to tap reserves of potential in athletes which cannot be reached with conventional
training methods. This applies not only to physical aspects of performance including energy levels and nutrition, but also to the mental side.
The performance of our muscles, organs and senses is inextricably linked to our biochemistry, the flow of energy through the acupuncture meridian system and our emotions.
Consider, for example, what happens when we are angry: we tend to clench our fists and grind our teeth and our muscles tighten. If anger is extreme, or extended over a long period or continually recurs then individual muscles or muscle groups can get stuck in an over-tightened state. Tension, cramping and imbalances in posture can follow. This can also lead to a loss of fine coordination, stagnation in the development of certain muscles, overload of these areas, pain and increased susceptibility to injury.
Fear and insecurity can produce a similar effect. Weak knees and trembling hands are clear examples of emotions affecting the state of our muscles and their performance.
There is a biochemical explanation for this which can be tested by placing an unhealthy substance (for example a few lumps of sugar) on the breastbone, right over the thymus gland, and then performing a demanding physical task, for example bench pressing heavy weights. In a very high percentage of cases performance is better without the biochemical "stress". So if such harmful substances are consumed before training or competition, we can adversely and unknowingly affect our performance.
The same principal applies to energy levels. Placed in a garishly coloured room with harsh neon lighting, a person will find it very difficult to achieve the same level of performance as in a comfortable environment. These ambient factors affect our energy levels. Some energy must be expended in combating stress, leaving less energy reserves for other tasks.
A thorough evaluation can determine which of the athletes' systems are blocked and preventing optimal performance (Procedure). In a Kinesiological Balancing these blockages can be corrected, establishing better preconditions for performance. The range of applications is as varied as we are ourselves. Whether certain movements get easier, or even become possible at all; whether specific foods are found to be beneficial or harmful; whether old, performance-limiting belief patterns need to be identified and changed: the role of the sports kinesiologist is to help the athlete achieve his goals by identifying, demonstrating and correcting the root causes affecting performance.