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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...

Drawing a Line in the Sand: But What if We Are Wrong?

Drawing a Line in the Sand: But What if We Are Wrong?

I completely acknowledge that sitting on the fence can feel like an awfully comfortable place to be. After all, this has to be why so many insist on remaining right there, in that place, so often. Now, it’s one thing to be balanced in one’s perspective or approach....

Skill Adaptation, Not Acquisition

Skill Adaptation, Not Acquisition

Over the past few years, skill acquisition has become a prominent objective for coaches. Coaches want athletes to retain and transfer their skills from practice to the game. Thus, the push for coaches to learn more about skill acquisition is at an all-time high. ...

Learning From Those Who Make Us Laugh

Learning From Those Who Make Us Laugh

Learning from those who make us laugh 11/15/21 Shawn Myszka, Co-Director of Education Based on the nature of who I am and what I do, when the NFL regular season is in full swing, I have a hard time truly shutting my mind off of what’s been unfolding on-field for the...