Injuries to the ankle and knee joints are common for stunt performers and can have far-reaching consequences on the rest of their bodies. Weakness or imbalances in these areas can cause compensations in the lumbar spine, thoracic spine, deltoid muscles, shoulders, and even the cervical spine, leading to pain and reduced mobility. This article explores how early diagnosis and effective rehabilitation, including functional movement training, are essential for stunt performers to recover from injuries and prevent future complications.
In the demanding world of stunt performance and high-performance athletics, the ability to generate and utilize explosive power is a critical asset. Whether it's executing gravity-defying stunts on set or delivering game-changing athletic performances that differentiate you from others, the best individuals rely on their neuromuscular power to push the boundaries of human performance.
This article delves into the intricacies of neuromuscular power, exploring its importance for stunt performers and athletes who need to harness sudden or explosive power. We will discuss various training methods and strategies, such as plyometrics, Olympic weightlifting, high-velocity resistance training, and ballistic training, that can significantly enhance neuromuscular power. Furthermore, we will examine the benefits of improving neuromuscular power, including increased agility, injury prevention, and overall performance enhancement. By understanding and implementing these techniques, stunt performers and athletes can unlock their full potential, elevating their performance to new heights.
Are you looking to improve your overall strength, stability, and fitness level? If so, it's time to change from Traditional Linear training methods and start to embrace Functional Movement Training. While linear training can lead to muscle imbalances and joint injuries, functional movement training focuses on improving joint stability and mobility, reducing the risk of injury, and improving real-world strength and performance. In this blog post, we'll explore the differences between these two training approaches and why functional movement training is the key to better performances and improves injury prevention.
Inflammation is a crucial and complex process that plays a key role in injury response and tissue repair. For athletes, understanding how inflammation works and how to manage it is essential for promoting swift healing, avoiding exacerbated inflammation, and maintaining overall joint health. This article will explain inflammation as a process, and how stunt athletes should manage inflammation when injured to ensure swift and proper healing while promoting correct joint care.
This guide is designed to help stunt performers better understand the shoulder and clavicle, typical soft-tissue injuries that may occur, and how to manage them. While this guide is not a substitute for professional medical advice, it aims to provide insight into injury identification, management, and prevention. Let's begin with the basics, then move into injury identification and some advice...
Are you tired of spending your hard-earned cash on commercial energy drinks that can potentially harm your health and performance? The International Stunt Academy presents the ultimate guide to homemade isotonic and energy drinks that not only save you money but also boost your well-being and authentic performance. Discover the importance of adding salt to water during intense training sessions, learn how to make delicious and healthy isotonic and energy drinks at home, and explore the risks associated with excessive commercial energy drink consumption. Say goodbye to artificial additives and hello to natural hydration and energy for your high-octane stunt training!
Welcome to The International Stunt Academy's guide to essential nutrients, where we strive to provide valuable information to help our athletes and stunt performers achieve their best (or understand why they may be struggling to achieve it).
Today, we're excited to share our comprehensive guide to vitamins, minerals, and essential nutrients. Good nutrition is the foundation of peak performance, and understanding the role of these vital nutrients is crucial for those who engage in high-intensity activities, like our dedicated athletes and stunt professionals.
Do you have a passion to performing breathtaking feats in front of the camera? Are you an adrenaline junkie who wants to turn a hobby into a career? The stunt industry offers a thrilling and rewarding career for those with the courage, physical ability, and mental stamina to defy the ordinary.
At The International Stunt Academy, we're here to guide you every step of the way, starting with our world-renowned Diploma program. Read on...
Aspiring filmmakers and cinematographers need to have a deep understanding of the different types of shots used in movies. Each type of shot serves a specific purpose and can evoke different emotions and reactions from the audience. By mastering the use of different shots, filmmakers can create a specific visual language that enhances the storytelling and makes their films more engaging.
If you want to get ahead, get an open mind, or more specifically, a Growth-mindset. But what does that really mean? And even if we think we have one, how can we tell? And when our mind wants to close (it happens to us all at times), how can we learn to catch ourselves and prevent self-limiting thoughts and behaviours? The author of this article has delivered talks and lectures on this in all sorts of high performing teams and organisations, all around the world. It's been invaluable to them, now, its your turn to get a very valuable boost! C'mon, let's get started...
As an athlete, you may already know that a healthy diet is essential for optimal performance. However, you may not how important maintaining good gut health and proper digestion of food is, and how this is linked to better performance and injury prevention / recovery.
When we damage a ligament, as performers and athletes, it is vital to prioritise getting a good supply of micro-nutrients to the injury. This can aid healing, reduce downtime and help to prevent repeated issues cased by impaired repair functions. So, how can you use food to heal an injured ligament? Let's explore that
Schools could do more to teach young people the art and science of Communications Skills as these are so essential in life, and in the workplace. But sadly they don't, so we do. One of the most important skills is the ability to 'speak up' in a useful and constructive way. Here's a quick guide to why we often don't, or we feel we do but it lands wrong, or how to handle the fact that we feel we can't!
The International Stunt Academy's guide to High Ankle Sprain Injuries. Stunt people are in the ultra-high risk category for Ankle injury. It's not uncommon to see sprains and over-rotation issues, but these very easily lead to ligament and tendon damage that can be long term. Also, not all sprains are the same. There are different types and in this article we focus on the "High Ankle Sprain". Beware taking general sprain advice, especially if you have had repeated sprains on the same ankle, as often this is a signal you can muscle imbalance that's leaving you wide open to repeated injuries
If you ever doubted yourself, felt like giving up or became tempted to throw away your dreams, this post is for you my friend.
Training with The ISA is about conditioning both MIND and BODY. Our programme puts a lot of focus on the empowerment, championing your inner-hero and helping you to overcome the barriers that have held you back. Especially the ones inside our own minds. Often we talk to students or prospective ones and someone has told them they can't, or they shouldn't or its stupid, or risky, or they won't get anywhere, or they can't do it because it isn't for girls, or whatever. Don't believe it ... confront it, change it! We'll show how
Cold training, also known as cold exposure or cold thermogenesis, involves exposing your body to cold temperatures to promote physical and mental health benefits. Not everyone is a believer, but consider the fact that humans adapted to the arctic circle, and every military in the world runs a Cold Training programme... So, chill, have a read and learn how to unlock some latent superpowers
Prepare to discover why the most overlooked part of our body, that we workout the least but rely upon the most, is also the cause of so many injuries and imbalances elsewhere in the body ... and also what you can do about it.
Yup, today we're taking our feet to the gym. Strange idea? Well, read on then...
Why mistakes happen in high-risk environments, and why discipline is so vital when working on a stunt, or when waiting around for hours a film set. Let's understand the behavioural and social dynamics that lead to the issues, and also what individuals can do to improve their focus and achieve better when waiting around or the hours get long. Deep dive time, so get ready to focus...
The Ghillie suit is a type of camouflage clothing that is designed to help military snipers blend into their environment. However, it has become popular among hunters, paintball enthusiasts, and even Stunt & Action Actors who need to remain hidden while performing stunts and action scenes. In this article, we will explore the history and uses of the Ghillie suit and provide a guide for Stunt & Action Actors to create their own suit. Let's get started...
Welcome to Camo School! Camouflage is an essential tool for stunt and action actors in film and TV productions who are looking to add authenticity to their performances. The ability to blend into the surroundings and remain undetected is crucial in many action scenes, and using the right type of camouflage can make all the difference. The International Stunt Academy understands the importance of camouflage in the film and TV industry, and has created this guide to help stunt and action actors understand how to choose and use it to enhance the realism of their performances. From choosing the right type of camouflage to improvising with natural materials in the field, this guide will provide essential tips and tactics for using camouflage in film and TV productions. Get your Ghillie on and lets go...
The International Stunt Academy presents a short guide to SWAT and how Stunt & Action Actors can train for SWAT roles in action films & TV. Let's start with what SWAT actually is...
We have all seen a movie where an actor breaks the moment and the magic is gone. Even the pro's get it wrong. Sometimes it is subtle, a fascial expression didn't match the moment, the body language was wrong for the emotions portrayed, or perhaps you just couldn't see it in their eyes and 'believe'. A common issue we often see is that talented people initially struggle to blend both the physicality of an Action performance with the ability to really 'act' the character and what they would actually be experiencing and expressing. Don't worry stunt family, we've got you! Here's a short guide and some activities anyone can try to aid greater authenticity in their actions and reactions. Read on for tips...
Kali is a unique martial art originating from the Philippines. In this article we'll explore its origins, what makes it unique and why it can be a fantastic discipline for Action Actors and Stunt Performers to explore. Let's get started...
There are Stunt people. There are Actors. Then spanning both of these we have the Action Actors. People who can combine and display both skill sets in a very unique way, creating a new discipline in its own right within the world of entertainments work. Here's The ISA's guide to Action Acting, to help you understand the difference and why studying acting or stunts separately is not guaranteed to set you up for success as an 'Action Actor'.
Let's get stuck into the details...
There are many different roles open to people who want to work in the Stunt Industry. Here's a quick guide to some of the terms you'll hear used and a quick explanation of what each does when they work together as a unit on a film or production.
This blog os co-authored by The ISA Team