Posted 06 November 2011 - 07:23 PM
I completely agree with gcwhitewater, and that is exactly what I would have said as well. An image that one can use to do this would be to think about lengthening the back of the lower leg(calf) away from the back of the top of the leg(hamstring). Obviously, with youngsters one would not use the anatomical vocabulary necessarily, but getting them to think about the leg stretching on the backside rather than all the emphasis on the front. Just for adult purposes, an analogy, we all associate strong core muscles with the types of exercises that strengthen the abdominal muscles, but just as important are the muscles of the lower back and gluteal muscles- if these are not also engaged, the maximum control of the torso is not achieved. In anatomy, muscles on the dorsal side of the body(that of the backside) must work equally and opposite to those on the ventral side(abdominal).