We don’t believe in giving athletes the answers to the problems that they face within their craft, so why would we try to give it to other Movement Professionals and Performance Coaches? Instead, we feel the learning journey should be a co-adaptive relationship. Hence, The Movement Academy was designed with this in mind and during the entirety of the course, we will meet you where you personally are and attempt to help you stretch to a place where you may begin to fill in the gaps within your craft.

That all said, The Movement Academy is so much more than a course. It’s a learning community which will be interaction-based and practically-driven. It will consist of a group of like-minded individuals who will come together in a safe space to push each other and the entire community with the common goal of understanding movement behavior deeply. This will equate to the sharing of ideas and experiences about one’s practice to enhance the movement behavior of performers while also being able to raise concerns and uncertainties about the current state of one’s learning environment and practice design.

Our next 6-month long cohort begins: July 12, 2021

Limited seats available! 

We have said it before and we will again: how one views movement behavior in sport, both in regards to motor control and movement execution, as well as in regards to learning and skill acquisition, will determine how we aim to coach and teach. Our main objective in The Movement Academy is to meet participants in our learning community where they currently stand and attempt to walk alongside them as we collectively explore the practical relevance of the most pertinent concepts within movement science.

The idea of bridging science with art is rather cliché. However, as we strive to reach our potential as Sport Movement Specialists, we will try to exist equally within both areas simultaneously and allow both sides to inform one another within our craft. We feel as though this is what the Sport Movement Specialist Skill-set is really about. Thus, this will be highly reflected in our learning objectives and the questions that we will use to guide our Emergent Discussions in hopes of facilitating an enhanced understanding of movement behavior in one’s specific context. We expect each Sport Movement Specialist enrolled in The Movement Academy to ultimately become the living and breathing, yet authentic and individual, embodiment of these ideas within one’s day-to-day Form of Life.

Components of the Academy

Science: Analysis of Movement Skill

  • To identify and describe how complex systems operate within the context of sport
  • To understand the nature and role of information in the coordination and control of movement behavior
  • To determine where each Sport Movement Specialist authentically stands in their personalized, conceptualized view of movement skill

Science: Understanding of Movement Behavior

  • To use the athlete-environment system as the main scale of analysis in assessing movement skill in sport (and in the world too)
  • To be able to study the problem-solving processes of the mover in context
  • To determine how we may be able to be able to use the concept of affordance perception and selection to assess the current movement skill of a performer and in the subsequent design of practice activities in the learning environment

Art: Creating a Learning Environment

  • To conceptualize the Sport Movement Specialist as an environment designer, a problem setter, or a facilitator of movement skill
  • To understand how constraint manipulation can help us set adequately challenging movement problems to be solved by containing the most relevant information and affordances for the athlete to interact with
  • To apply the concept of ‘repetition without repetition’ to help increase the skilled movement behavior of our athletes

Art: Guiding the Performer to Enhanced Movement Skill

  • To determine the various individual differences between performers which will change how they solve movement problems as well as how the Sport Movement Specialist could aim to guide them most effectively
  • To understand how factors such as instruction and feedback can influence the learning process
  • To provide a learning environment which prioritizes innovation, creativity, authenticity, and freedom in the movement skill of athletes

Interactive calls

Personal Craft Development


In these one-on-one, learner-centered calls, there will be a variety of topics covered. Each month, the topics will shift based on where the learner’s challenge point exists, and the specific areas of focus that will develop a more adaptive coach.

This isn’t an exhaustive list, but below are just a few topics that we might explore.

  • Ecological Approach vs. Traditional Approaches to Learning
  • Co-adaptive relationships
  • Session planning & reflection tools
  • Communication & guidance
  • Information, affordances, & movement behavior
  • Constraints-led approach (CLA) & Differential learning
  • Representative task design (RTD) / Representative learning design (RLD)
  • General movement skills/qualities

Emergent Discussions


Our emergent discussions are a place for growth. In these interactive calls, the cohort comes together where there can be an open and honest discussion.

We will explore book chapters, papers, podcast episodes, and previous Emergence Movement Meet-up (MMU) calls. The emergent discussions will take many shapes, and our goal is to facilitate a unique learning experience for all!

Movement Meet-up Call

Mentor Driven Movement Analysis


These highly exclusive, one-on-one calls are designed to explore movement behavior to the greatest depths. In these calls, the Emergence team will analyze the behaviors of many movers from several sports to help the student develop a greater understanding of how sessions are designed to guide athletes towards becoming more dexterous movers.

In addition, the student will discuss how they approach the same process with their own athletes, and together with the Emergence team, both will leave with a better understanding of the movement analysis process. These calls are invaluable to the coach-athlete experience.

Students will be able to:

  • Analyze the behavior of their own athletes with guidance from the Emergence team
  • Experience how the Emergence team analyzes their own athlete’s behavior
  • Suggest athletes for the Emergence team to analyze from the sport of your choice 

Our next 6-month long cohort begins: July 12, 2021

Limited seats available! 

Frequently Asked Questions

The team at Emergence, who will serve as your ‘Instructors’ for the Academy, aim to approach the learning journey and everyone within it, just as they do with the learning environment design for athletes. This means, they know that the process is going to be a very nonlinear and authentic one where each learner has their own specific goals and aspirations, as well as strengths and weaknesses within their craft. The aim is to meet you where you are and attempt to walk alongside you to help assist you to get where you believe you were destined to be as a Sport Movement Specialist. In this way then, instead of being an ‘Instructor,’ members of our team will be more of a ‘Facilitator.’

On this note, The Movement Academy will be a co-adaptive relationship between Emergence, your peers within the community, and yourself. This means that nothing is set in stone within the curriculum. The Emergence team takes great pride in being attuned to what one’s needs are and then tailoring the content covered, the questions asked, and each correspondence, around what it is that interests you as the learner and will be most relevant for the niche you behave within. Our ‘Facilitators’ won’t have all the answers – far from it, in fact. However, they look forward to growing and evolving their respective crafts right alongside you as they know that each party will have the opportunity to learn from one another.

Ultimately, you will be given tremendous autonomy, freedom, and flexibility within your learning journey and The Movement Academy Facilitators want to support you in any way that we can.

Many people may look at what The Movement Academy consists of and initially think that its only for advanced learners in the movement skill community. This is simply not true. Though those with lots of experience or an existing abundance of knowledge and understanding will be able to gain a great deal from participating in the Academy, because of our flexible and individualized structure with the directions we will aim to go and concepts we will uncover, The Movement Academy is equally relevant for assisting those with varied experiences and levels of understanding. If you are passionate about movement behavior like we are, then you will fit in within The Movement Academy.

Additionally, you don’t have to be in a specific role where you operate as a Movement Coach or Skill Acquisition Specialist to participate in The Movement Academy. Anyone who works to drive more functional movement behaviors in any capacity with athletes (and humans of all sorts) should consider joining us. This includes, but is not limited to, Sport Coaches, Performance Coaches, Sport Scientists, Strength & Conditioning Specialists, Athletic Trainers, Physical Therapists, Personal Trainers, Professors, and Researchers. We believe, that as long as the individual possesses the right mindset and approach, any and all of the above can be a well-equipped Sport Movement Specialist who drives change for the crafts of individual athletes as well as the community as a whole.

We cannot overstate enough: if you are dedicated to your craft and committed to becoming the most effective Sport Movement Practitioner that you can be, then The Movement Academy is certainly for you. If you have questions about the fit between your skills and what The Movement Academy will be able to offer for you, please don’t hesitate to reach out and one of our ‘Facilitators’ will be happy to speak with you.

Ah, not exactly! In fact, us giving you predetermined training programs, or a cookbook of drills, or prescribing anything for your athletes, is NOT what will be beneficial for you anyway! Instead, we strive to help you grasp the most pertinent movement science concepts so that theoretical ideas will come to life in the practical applications of your learning environments. So, even though we will not be giving you training programs, we will assist you with the look and feel of your practice environment, the design of the movement problems that you set, an understanding of the manipulation of constraints within your peculiar contextual setting, and behaving in the most optimal ways possible as a Sport Movement Specialist so that the athletes you work with can become the most skillful moving versions of themselves.

Of course, the majority of The Movement Academy curriculum is about interaction. This interaction will take place between the Sport Movement Specialist (you) and the Emergence Team Facilitator(s), as well as between students (your fellow Professionals). Being that The Movement Academy is open to individuals across the world, we will utilize the Zoom platform for these interactions (you don’t need a Zoom account; we will just send you links that allow you to get into the ‘Meeting Rooms’). Additionally, on this note, we will do everything we can to be flexible with our scheduling for the Interactive Calls so that we are able to accommodate individuals who may be scattered across the globe. Finally, it should be stated that every Interactive Call will be recorded and accessible shortly after the call so that each student of the Academy is able to revisit the information shared as many times as they desire and for future reference as needed.

Like all aspects of the learning process, the answer to this question will be dependent on a whole host of individual factors. For starters, we understand that most of the participants within The Movement Academy will be active, working professionals across the field. Though we will design the coursework within the Academy around you and your needs, it goes without saying that like the pursuit within any endeavor, the more time and energy that you are willing to invest, likely the more that you will get out of your personal study of the science and art of being the best Sport Movement Specialist that you can be. Overall, as long as you are fully committed to your craft, and you are willing to give everything that you can, once again, we will meet you where you are and attempt to make the best of the entire experience for you…no matter the amount of time that you have available within your schedule.


To piggyback off of the earlier answer above (regarding ‘who The Movement Academy is for?’), if you are passionate about movement skill, then we would encourage you to commit to your craft by joining us. Let’s say that you are a Strength & Conditioning Coach, and you rarely (and maybe never) get to work with your athletes directly out in their sporting arena; there will still be a plethora of ways that you will able to bring some of these movement science related topics to light within the weight room setting and ultimately allow those you work with to explore, discover, and expand their movement toolbox. To answer the second question, let’s remember: as humans, we all move! And, we can all aim to move more skillfully and dexterously; it’s just that the environment and the movement problems will be different. Thus, it doesn’t matter who you work with and where you work with them, if movement is part of your passion, we are positive that The Movement Academy will have a whole lot to offer you!

Each cohort will last six (6) calendar months in length. Though we strongly feel as though every individual is on a constant, yet nonlinear, educational journey, we also believe that this six month period of time will provide a wonderful opportunity for each individual within the cohort to grow significantly. 

Our next cohort will start on Monday, April 12, 2021, and it will run for six months. If you are unable to register, there are additional cohorts that start roughly every three months. After the April cohort, we are tentatively scheduled for July 12th.

The one-on-one interactive calls will vary depending on the number of questions asked by the student and the peculiar directions that the call will go depending on the needs of the individual student. With that said, calls will generally be approximately 60 minutes in length. However, we cannot emphasize too much that these calls are really about the learner and his/her desires and needs. Both parties will be expected to engage in an emergent and interactive discussion. Hence, the topics which will be covered, will be highly specific to allow the Sport Movement Specialist (aka the student) to exist in a space where he/she can grow accordingly and be challenged appropriately in a safe fashion. It will be our shared responsibility to fill in the gaps that you, as the learner, feel as though is holding you back and/or are mostly intrigued to learn more about.

What people are saying about Emergence:

“It is great to see the S&C community beginning to appreciate the importance of skill acquisition and transfer of training. This has been in no small part due to the excellent work of my buddy Shawn Myszka, and the team at Emergence. I look forward to seeing how the profession expands over the coming years - with a growing influence on athlete performance.”
Stuart McMillan
“At Emergence, Tyler and Shawn have done an amazing job consolidating the work of many researchers on ecological dynamics and give great examples of how you can apply it to sports movement behavior. I would highly recommend investing your time and efforts in navigating through their lecture series, joining them on their Movement Meet-up calls, or just hiring them as consultants. Emergence has been a great resource for us at the 49ers.”
Dustin Perry M.Ed. CSCS
Head Strength & Conditioing Coach, 49ers
“I just finished 'Ecological Dynamics for Dummies' by Emergence, and I can honestly say it is THE best introduction to the ecological dynamics framework for coaches. Period. I highly recommend it!”
James Chung, CSCS
DPT Student at Columbia, FRS Instructor
“The Underpinnings course has been invaluable for our coaches and our business… Between the digestible yet in-depth information presented, the expert interviews, and the various resources associated with the course, the team at Emergence has provided incredible value for its learners. For any coach looking to gain a greater knowledge of movement science, then this is the best course available!”
Ignite Performance Team
Helped over 100+ athletes receive NCAA scholarships
"Emergence is THE United States thought leader in skill acquisition and movement science. I bought their Underpinnings course and loved it. Highly recommend!"
Randy Sullivan MPT, CSCS
CEO Florida Baseball Ranch
“As a coach, Underpinnings has been a phenomenal resource for learning the complexities of ecological dynamics. The course delivers complex information through digestible lessons along with a host of secondary resources to help you follow along and point you towards further learning. For coaches looking to become more attuned with motor learning, there is no better place to start then with Underpinnings.”
Lennon Richards
Director of Pitching, Baseball Development Group
"The "Approaching the Weightroom from an Ecological Dynamics" Course was one of the most enjoyable educational experiences of my last 10 years as a coach. There are many things I've noticed in my years in mainstream strength and conditioning that didn't seem to fit well with how elite athletes actually trained, moved, and experienced their environment. The Weightroom course by Emergence tied up many of these loose ends for me, and gave me loads of insights and ideas as to what the true purpose of the gym is in our modern training context. The creativity of Tyler and Michael in the course is on another level, and hugely inspiring. I'd absolutely recommend it for any performance coach, as this is exactly the type of thinking that we need to move the needle of injuries, performance, and perhaps more importantly, creativity, in a positive direction"
Joel Smith BATI, CSCS, MAT Jumpstart, USATF, NKT
“Just Fly Performance Podcast” & Strength and Conditioning Coach University of California
"The Emergence team gave me a new perspective on athletics, in that sport is a problem-solving activity and that athletes are problem solvers. In order to help athletes solve these problems, we need to present them with the contexts in which they encounter in competition. The Underpinnings course opened my eyes to the responsibility a coach has in facilitating problem-solving opportunities. This course has greatly influenced my philosophies on practice design, making me think about what information is made available, what emotions are stirred, and what opportunities are built into the environment to allow for exploration in building solutions for relevant problems.”
Anthony Villa
Hitting Coach, Baltimore Orioles
"There is nothing like Emergence for educational resources. As a business owner and sports performance coach always looking for resources to continue my education, Emergence tops them all. Their knowledge and ability to communicate the information made it easy to understand and implement right away."
Tommy Flanagan
Owner- Strength 2 Strength
“The Underpinnings course is a must for all coaches looking to expand their perspective. It has greatly helped me reshape the practice environment to pay more attention to the needs of the unique individual and step away from cookie-cutter movement patterns. This resource has pushed me to dive deeper into the factors that greatly influence elite performance. Tyler and Shawn are expert communicators and have greatly impacted my coaching career for the better.”
Brian Pozos
Infield | Hitting Coach, LA Valley College Baseball
“I really enjoyed the Ecological Dynamics for Dummies course. I’ve been reading so many books on the topic that it overwhelmed me at times. This course unpacked specific areas I needed further understanding. E.g. The difference between intention and attention. I’ll hopefully buy the main course soon!! I highly recommend for those starting their journey into the world of Ecological Dynamics!!!”
Frank O’ Keeffe
2019 Munster Tennis Coach of the year
“Emergence will accelerate your learning and fuel a passion for exploring and explaining movement skill behavior. Shawn, Tyler, and the rest of the team at Emergence are leading the movement skill industry with their educational resources. If you’re searching for educational resources specific to movement skill acquisition and expertise then you need to sign up for the Underpinnings course by Emergence. Shawn and Tyler are clear and thorough in their examination and application of the movement science. You will love how this course affects the careers of you players and your own.”
Nick Ascue
Assistant Baseball Coach, Bowling Green
"The team at Emergence had me constantly reflecting, not only on my role as a coach & evaluator, but also on the very nature of sport itself. If "Context drives content" then the team at Emergence as a truly set the stage for me to reach my potential. "
Matt Caraccio
Co-Owner/Co-Host of the Saturday2Sunday Podcast

Our next 6-month long cohort begins: July 12, 2021

Limited seats available! 


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