Welcome to the February 2016 edition of Coaching Matters, a round up of the articles I have found interesting in the month relating to coaching, sport science, physical preparation and skill acquisition.
The recurring theme I have been considering this month is the importance of stories or narratives. Anyone who knows me knows I love telling stories (usually the same few over & over…) especially when they have some sort of humourous ending (usually at my expense).
The guys at My Fastest Mile have built Relearn around this premise and reading books such as Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance with its references to Chautauquas has reinforced the long held recognition of the importance of story telling as a means of teaching and learning.
The answer to most questions (certainly in coaching) is “It Depends…” and stories are a way of giving context and meaning to specific situations that allow others to see how problems were approached. If you are interested in how this is now being used in research check out this video of Dave Snowden talking about Combining Complexity Theory with Narrative Research.
The whole point of this blog is sharing and interaction so if you have written or know of similar content that would be good for future posts then please let me know via Twitter @SiNainby.
Don’t forget to check out the Coaching Matters Live Round Up Tool, all the previous Coaching Matters blogs, my Notes From blogs of various lectures/CPD I have attended and various random thoughts on coaching.
- The Case for Teaching Ignorance
- Mark Upton: The Learning Landscape
- Faction Elite: Why High Performance Cultures Lead to Low Success
- The Great British Medalists Project: A Review of Current Knowledge on the Development of the World’s Best Sporting Talent
- The Research Pirates of the Dark Web
- John Kiely: Traditionalist or innovator: When you find yourself on the side of the majority… What do you do?
- John Kiely: A New Understanding of Stress and the Implications for Our Cultural Training Paradigm
- 9 Common Thinking Biases
- Glossary of Biomechanical Terms, Concepts, and Units
- The DIY Scientist, the Olympian, and the Mutated Gene
— Andy Edwards (@andyeeeee) February 19, 2016
- Six Steps for Effective Questioning
- Footblogball: Growth/Fixed mind-set? It is really about learning
- Footblogball: An Enlightened Decision
- Footblogball: Changing the nature of competition
- Being given too much too young has spoiled many of the Premier League’s youth prospects
- Junior coaches the biggest problem in rugby league
- 46-Year-Old Goalkeeping Coach Forced To Play, Holds Opponents Scoreless
- Why Quade Cooper, Sonny Bill Williams and Bryan Habana have work ahead to cut it on sevens circuit
- Forget Moneyball, Fulham are taking Football Manager approach in hope of returning to big time
- Eddie Jones’ way or the highway: Mike Brown hails new England ethic
- The Making of Eddie Jones
- Gregor Townsend: ‘Most of what I do as a coach is what I’ve learned since being a player’
- Rugby World Cup 2015: The risk that started Scott Fardy’s rise to Wallabies gold
- Where have all the blood-sweat-and-tears football captains gone?
- We don’t need better leaders
- Forced state-sponsored doping revealed by China athletes who now risk loss of world records, titles and medals
- Leinster Rugby: The Academy documentary
- The Complete Guide to Staff Meetings
- Why are Leicester City FC winning? Is it Organisational Health?
- Sean Dyche: Leicester play common sense football
- Key characteristics of the World’s best Coaches 2.0
- Eddie ‘the Eagle’ Edwards is the loser who has a lesson for us all
- My Fastest Mile: Falling Prey to The Data
- Eddie Jones: Meet England’s new coach for Six Nations 2016
- The Illusion of Competency Versus the Desirability of Expertise: Seeking a Common Standard for Support Professions in Sport
- Is Myers-Briggs up to the job?
- Doug Lemov’s effort to save US Soccer – starting with the coaches
- Nick Ruddock: Yelling and Telling
- Nick Ruddock: Performing under Pressure
- What does it take to be a Premier League footballer?
- Why Italy are so bad at rugby
- Ian Thorpe: former Olympic champion’s mental health issues began as a teenager
- AFL coaching hot seat cools in 2016, research shows changing senior coaches hurts clubs
- Let Us Play – The pressure on children’s sport
- Bill Belichick isn’t a fan of how draft prospects train for the combine
- Scottish rugby meets Moneyball with analysis software
- Barcelona unmasked: How rondos and hard work make Lionel Messi even better
- The Rocky Road of Excellence
- Vern Gambetta: Some Thoughts on Changing Practice
- Project Pep: Bayern Munich and Modular Design
- Rugby coaching: A year without equipment
- The Power of Your Coaching Beliefs
- Gerard Hartmann Interview: Have we lost the very essence of sport?
- Preseason With The Wellington Hurricanes – Documentary
- Why ‘the best way of learning to coach the game is playing the game’: conceptualising ‘fast-tracked’ high-performance coaching pathways
- Leicester City have revived the Premier League by reconnecting with sport’s origins in play
- Super Champions, Champions, and Almosts: Important Differences and Commonalities on the Rocky Road
- Gregg Popovich broke down what he looks for in players, and it was an inspiring life lesson
- Children today are suffering a severe deficit of play
- How to raise a brilliant child without screwing them up
- Richard Hinds: Beware the Ugly Coach, the scourge of junior sport
- Why sports stars like David Pocock break stride at the peak of their powers
- Jenny Meadows: ‘I almost retired because I didn’t think clean athletes could win’
10 Lessons from Einstein….. pic.twitter.com/NviIGYjU1B
— The Pre Academy (@PreAcademyNW2) February 16, 2016
Skill Acquisition/Dynamic Systems
- Metabolic energy expenditure and the regulation of movement economy by Sparrow & Newell
- Multidisciplinary Views on Applying Explicit and Implicit Motor Learning in Practice: An International Survey
- The brain of a world champion cup stacker
- New Method Helps You Learn Skills Twice As Fast – Its not really new!
- The Interleaving Effect: Mixing It Up Boosts Learning
- Hackers to Pentagon: You’re doing Cyber wrong
- Why Drills Suck
- Esko Kilpi: Complex Intelligence
- John Leonzo: Coaching On The Fly: The OODA Loop
- John Leonzo: PVAD: A Simple Guide To Decision Making
- Dr Andrew Franklyn-Miller: Scrap “Clinical Pilates & Core Stability” for Back Pain and Lift Weights
- Adam Meakins: Do you even motor control…
- Informed in Sport: The Rise of the ‘Movement Specialist’
- Safety Considerations with Blood Flow Restricted Resistance Training
- Freelap: Testosterone, Testing, and Training: Freelap Dishes with Marco Cardinale
- Why This Speed Ladders Don’t Work
- Ido Portal – A Moving Conversation
- Steve Magness: A Case for Running by Feel- Ditching your GPS because of Ecological Psychology
- Coaching Interview – Mladen Jovanovic
- Strengtheory: Training to Failure, or Just Training to Fail?
- Lessons from Genius Sprint Coach Pierre-Jean Vazel
- Squat University: System Failure
- Darren Roberts: The Rise of the Athlete
- Håkan Andersson Interview
- Spreadsheets for S&C Coaches
- How the Yankees are using a specially built hill to aid conditioning
- Pacey Performance Podcast – Brett Bartholomew
- Pacey Performance Podcast – Jacquie Tran
- Practical Considerations for the Aspiring S&C Coach by David Watts and Matt Jay
- Sports Discovery: Thoughts on Monitoring #TrainingLoad16 at Aspire Academy
- Marco Cardinale: Training Load Conference In Aspire
— Dave Hamilton (@dkhammy) January 30, 2016
- The Economist: Reproducibility should be at science’s heart. It isn’t. But that may soon change
- The hidden drugs in your favourite supplements
- Study in France reveals findings on frequency of rugby injuries by position
- Meet Alexandra Elbakyan, the researcher who’s breaking the law to make science free for all
- Hand sizes and psychological profiling: the NFL combine is peak pseudoscience
- The Wonderlic Test Proves The NFL Is Stupid
- Can Your Employees Really Speak Freely?
- Hire the Best People, and Let Them Work from Wherever They Are
- Don’t create a sense of urgency, foster a sense of purpose
- The First Four Things You Should Do Every Workday
- Facebook’s HR chief explains how the company does performance reviews
- Data scientists mostly just do arithmetic and that’s a good thing
- How do you get experience? By doing the damned thing
- Learning to Learn
- Don’t make important decisions late in the day
- Introducing the BEST Chrome Extension for Microsoft Office Users
- What Google Learned From Its Quest to Build the Perfect Team
- Sporticus: #Relearn 2
- Sporticus: Those Quiet Moments
- Sporticus: A bluffers guide to non-linear pedagogy
- Sporticus: Questioning for games based approaches
- How to Raise a Creative Child. Step One: Back Off
- Four Stories That Homework Tells Children About School, Learning, & Life
- Is it a ‘sin’ to tell teachers how to teach?
- ‘Why Wellington will no longer feature in league tables’
- How To Be A Better Parent: 4 Secrets Backed By Research
- The next 100 years of Finnish education
- I’m not LMAO at ridiculous emails from my students
- The Measure of Success
- Teachers, Cheating and Selling Achievement
- Why Understanding These Four Types of Mistakes Can Help Us Learn
- Why Daydreaming is Critical to Effective Learning
- Just semantics? Subtle but important misunderstandings about learning styles, modalities, and preferences
- Neuro-hit or neuro-myth?
- Cone of learning or cone of shame?
- Against the Sticker Chart
- Top 5 Reads for Evidence Informed Teachers
- The Bugs in Our Mindware: Many obstacles lie on the path to rational thought
- Things Science Says Will Make You Much Happier
- How Fake News Articles And Lies About Billionaires Were Used To Market An Iffy Dietary Supplement
- The self-reliant individual is a myth that needs updating
- Horrible Histories’ Ben Willbond and Terry Deary Explore Originality
- The chair modelled on a baseball mitt
- What’s the point of music? Ask Peter Gabriel
- Messy Situations Make Us Uneasy, But Can Improve Our Thinking
- The cafes serving drinks with 25 teaspoons of sugar per cup
- The new mind control – The internet has spawned subtle forms of influence that can flip elections and manipulate everything we say, think and do
- How to pick (and stop) an argument
- Deleting genes could boost lifespan by 60 per cent, say scientists
- How big a role do genes play in obesity?
- The Bias Against Creativity
- Pharmaceutical companies cause doctors to receive biased information about drugs ‘costing hundreds of thousands of lives’
- How easy is it to hack a home network?
- Tips and Myths About Extending Smartphone Battery Life
- The Quantified Welp: A new study suggests that measuring an activity makes it less enjoyable
- 100 Great Books To Read In A Lifetime by Darius Foroux
- 5 Ways to Write Smarter
- The left half – right half divide in human brains is a myth, scientist says
- Why Only Us: The language paradox
Good story…. pic.twitter.com/HlHGOW6lA7
— Vaughn Ridley (@vaughnridley) January 28, 2016