In this 90 minute course, we will introduce and unpack the main theoretical concepts which make-up an Ecological Dynamics framework that we believe can immediately change your personal Form of Life as a practitioner.

Within it, we aim to define and expand on ideas such as:

  • Accepting the reality: the complexity of sport movement behavior
  • Why it’s imperative that you adopt Systems Thinking
  • The marriage of Ecological Psychology and Dynamical Systems Theory into Ecological Dynamics
  • Why Bernstein’s ideas regarding Dexterity may be our main objective for athletes and humans alike
  • What is Self-organization and why is it essential that we grasp onto its presence in movement systems
  • Emergence within movement systems in the form of skilled movement solutions
  • Why Information is power and Affordances hold the key
  • Why perception and action must be coupled
  • The importance of movement variability (Bernstein was onto something with repetition without repetition too!)
  • What is this whole Constraints-Led Approach that everyone is talking about?
  • Why is it so important that we acknowledge if a task is a ‘Representative’ one?
  • Who you should read, follow, and learn from within the field
  • And much, much more!

Introduction to this ground-breaking framework 00:00

Objectives for the Course 02:13

Ideas of EcoD will be constantly evolving! 04:03

Embracing the reality…
The complexity of sport movement behavior 07:26

1st Things 1st
Why the need for an EcoD framework? 10:03

Movement Skill = Problem Solving
According to Siff & Verkhoshansky, 2009 14:01

The complexity of sport movement behavior
’Linear thinking’ vs. ‘Systems thinking’ 16:24

Ecological Dynamics17:57

Ecological Dynamics 2 20:00

Ecological Dynamics
Ecological Psychology 21:02

Ecological Dynamics
Dynamical Systems Theory (DST) 24:18

So then, what is ‘Movement Skill’?
According to Jacobs & Michaels, 2007 27:21

Dexterity & Its Development
Bernstein, 1996 28:53

What Makes a Movement ‘Correct’? 32:25

Functional Movement Solutions 33:27

Emergence of Functional Movement Solutions 35:53

Movement Solution Emergence 38:39

What is it? 40:04

Why is it such a big deal? 41:24

Information-Movement Coupling
What is it & why is it such a big deal? 42:51

Affordances for Action 44:13

Movement Problem Solving Process
Perception-Cognition-Action Coupling 46:46

Perception-Cognition-Action Coupling
Why are they intertwined and coupled? 48:26

Direct Perception & Direct Learning (Michaels & Jacobs, 2007) 50:11

Skill Attunement & Adaptability (Davids & Araujo, 2011) 53:15

Skill Attunement & Adaptability (Davids & Araujo, 2011) 55:07

Functional Movement Variability
Degeneracy precedes Dexterity 56:27

Repetition WithOUT Repetition
Bernstein, 1967 01:00:46:00

Skill Acquisition thru the EcoD Lens (Renshaw et al, 2019) 01:03:26:00

Skill Acquisition thru an EcoD Lens
Nonlinear Pedagogy 01:04:05:13

Skill Acquisition thru an EcoD Lens
Rules of a Nonlinear Pedagogy 01:06:03:17

Skill Acquisition thru an EcoD Lens
Constraints-Led Approach 01:10:07:08

Representative Task Design & Representative Learning 01:14:49:10

EcoD Who-to-Know
#1: Nikolai Bernstein 01:17:54:08

EcoD Who-to-Know
#2: James J. Gibson 01:20:09:06

EcoD Who-to-Know
#3: Karl Newell 01:22:17:15

EcoD Who-to-Know
#4: Egon Brunswick 01:24:00:04

EcoD Who-to-Know
#5: Keith Davids & Duarte Araujo 01:25:42:00

EcoD Who-to-Know
#6: Additional Scientists 01:27:35:10

EcoD Who-to-Know
#7: Thought Leaders 01:28:55:02

Calls to Action:
What are the next steps? 01:30:36:04

Concluding Remarks 01:34:38:07