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Using an Ecological Approach to Understand Formula One Racing

Using an Ecological Approach to Understand Formula One Racing

Like many other Netflix subscribers in recent years, I have become enamored with Formula One (F1) international racing, through the TV series, Drive to Survive. Truth is, being in a car capable of going fast has always been in my blood. From owning a 1969 Ford Mustang...

How It All Began

How It All Began

Three years ago, Shawn and I got together for a ‘short’ three-and-a-half-hour chat where we discussed all things movement. In our conversation, we discussed learning, practice design, and everything that we wished we would have known and had access to as younger...

Wayfinding and Co-Design

Wayfinding and Co-Design

Over the course of my career I have both taken part in and observed a great deal of youth training sessions. As I reflect on that time spent, there is one prevalent theme that bubbles up. We (coaches/teachers/parents) don’t trust youth athletes enough with their...

Functional, Not Fundamental

Functional, Not Fundamental

If you were to ask a coach where they start when they begin coaching their young athletes, I’m positive the word ‘fundamentals’ would pop up somewhere in their answer. As most of us understand, fundamentals are thought to be the foundation in skill development and are...

A Functional Fit: Get in Where (& How) You Fit in

A Functional Fit: Get in Where (& How) You Fit in

If you hear myself, or any of my colleagues at Emergence, speak about athletes solving movement problems in sport, it’s likely that at some point you will hear us discuss a dexterous athlete “finding a functional (or behavioral) fit to the movement problem.” For me,...

Action Capabilities, Effectivities & Intrinsic Dynamics…Oh My!

Action Capabilities, Effectivities & Intrinsic Dynamics…Oh My!

A number of days ago, my buddy, and a good friend of Emergence, Stuart McMillan, of ALTIS (website HERE) tagged myself, along with a number of other ecological approach advocates in a Twitter thread, asking a question which I feel is very important. Though there are...

Is That Really Ecologically Driven?

Is That Really Ecologically Driven?

Over the beginning of 2022, it seems as though there have been a plethora of activities being shared across social media circles, which are purporting the use of an ecological approach through constraints, to enhance coordination, self-organization, and...

There Is Harm in Focusing on the Parts

There Is Harm in Focusing on the Parts

There is not a week that goes by where I don’t have someone, within the sport coaching or movement skill acquisition space, make the claim to me that not only does the breaking of a movement down to its component parts serve as a path towards “cleaning up irregular,...

Back to the Basics

Back to the Basics

“We gotta stick to the basics”… “We gotta go back to the basics”… “We never leave the basics”… Honestly, we all hear the argument for “the basics” so much it can be quite exhausting. Oftentimes, when I hear it or see it these days, at least across social media and in...