Walking Mountains presents the Science Behind Neurology, Oct. 12
If you go …
What: The Science Behind Neurology & The Way You Move.
When: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12.
Where: Walking Mountains Science Center, 318 Walking Mountains Lane, Avon.
Cost: Free, $5 suggested donation.
More information: RSVP at www.walkingmountains.org/sb.
AVON — Walking Mountains Science Center will welcome special guest Dr. Ted Wadley on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. for an interactive presentation to enrich understanding of the body and mind, with a special emphasis on the education and empowerment of girls and women.
Every keystone skill in sports consists of the flexion, extension or rotation of joints, which are moved by muscles that are stimulated by nerves. Whether it’s leaning into the fall line to gain speed on a mountain, flipping in the air to a landing you can’t see or risking embarrassment in front of friends or enemies, how we move is intimately linked to how we feel.
The reverse is also true. Every coach, parent or athlete should be a neurologist in that sense. Take to heart only the lessons anxiety can teach about performance and failure and to move on to the kind of confidence only progressive improvement and successful stress management can accomplish.
Whether it’s skiing or snowboarding, throwing and catching or hitting and kicking, there are key combinations of psychological and physical networks that form the alphabet of every story of movement. Although we experience our actions and emotions as instantaneous, the truth is that the electrical impulses and chemical reactions travel at certain speeds.
The mechanical forces that make up our movements occur as the result of muscle contractions that are either fast or slow in response to conscious or subconscious impulses. These impulses must be coordinated exactly right to orchestrate the kind of movement symphonies we all wish to create.
Wadley graduated from the National Institute of Health Sciences in 1986 and maintained an active neuromusculoskeletal practice in Denver for 23 years. Since retiring from clinical practice, he has been teaching skiing and snowboarding, tennis and gymnastics. He also consults with nonprofit and corporate businesses to develop training and education programs centered on three concepts he considers to be the primary motivators for self-improvement and social progress: emotional fulfillment, physical exhilaration and psychological empowerment.