Scientific Endorsement by Dr. Chris Bertram
Dr Chris Bertram endorses the Explanar Golf Training System.
| Chris Bertram, through an independent study has confirmed all the claims that Explanar have been making about the instant and dramatic effects that using of the Explanar has on golfers of all levels. Dr Chris Bertram Professor of Kinesiology and Director of the Human Performance Laboratory at University College of the Fraser Valley, British Columbia, Canada speaks in an interview about the Explanar Golf Training System.
What do you think about when you hear the word kinesiology?
People often associate it with athletics, but the discipline is actually the study of all human movement, as well as how the various systems of the body are involved in facilitating movement. Research in kinesiology at UCFV is focused on many aspects of this broad subject area.
Dr. Chris Bertram and student researcher Jennifer LaRoy test equipment that aids users in feeling what a golf swing is "supposed" to feel like.
Yes, you’ll find people analyzing golf swings and other athletic endeavours in UCFV’s new Human Performance Laboratory, but you may also find studies underway about the effects of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder on motor skill development, the effects of Parkinson’s disease on neurological systems, occupational physiology for law enforcement agencies, and recovery from concussion.
In fact, the mission of the Human Performance Lab is to support activities and research related to the development of optimal human performance in all spheres.
Even those studies of golf swings are about more than how to improve your game.
“My research is centred around how best to design environments that are most efficient in teaching people to enhance their performance by improving their motor skills,” says Dr. Chris Bertram, director and one of the principal researchers in the Human Performance Lab. “I’m interested in motor control — how our brains control our movement, and motor learning – how our brains and bodies work together to learn new movement patterns.”
“My particular focus right now is the game of golf because I find it to be an incredibly interesting arena of human performance. There is a great variety of complex movement patterns in a golf swing, and there are both mental and physical components to it. By studying the different methods used to teach people components of golf, we hope to determine some general principles of learning that can be applied to any number of areas of human performance.”
Some of the methods that Bertram is evaluating through controlled experiments include verbal coaching, video analysis, a combination of the two, and kinesthetic feedback, using equipment that aids the user in feeling what a proper swing is “supposed” to feel like.
“We’re acting as an impartial product testing centre for evaluating equipment that the manufacturer claims is revolutionary for learning complex movement patterns,” says Bertram. “Our purpose in this regard is to first determine if the manufacturer’s claims are valid scientifically and secondly to come up with a theoretical explanation as to why certain training tools are effective, and why others are not. “A major purpose of my research is to design a better learning environment based on proven principles of how people learn. Analyzing the complex movement patterns of a golf swing provides a wonderful window into the underlying processes of motor learning and control that can span all areas of human performance. We think that we know a lot about how our brains work, but the truth is, we are just beginning to grasp the amazing complexity of the interactions between our brains and our bodies.