I’m kind of a sports science guy in some regards with an in the field type background. It’s taken many life and professional experiences to shape my training mindset today. I don’t see this as being a constant rather it seems to be a state of flux.
The foundations for promoting changes in human fitness-development lie in the understandings of physical science, physics, and physical education, but these tenets are just starting points for the practitioner to find his or her own way in the field, to produce outcomes. Now, what outcomes are of value, though?
This is where it seems the field as a whole may be in the midst of a training "dark age." Think about it, soviet-style customs, vendors, competing vs practicing mentalities, and poorly-designed research are driving the train for setting expectations for practice and outcomes. Actually, we've got the cart before the horse here in that the experience and ingenuity of those in the field should drive the profession forward. Maybe we need to have a much clearer definition of what helping to develop a better athlete really means at all levels of athletic development and competition?
What would it take for you to think outside of the box in your training and/or coaching, to dare YOURSELF to challenge your current mindset?
Many “doers” over the course of history changed their minds, their approaches, their plans to accomplish worthy outcomes, but that change starts from within.
"There is not the slightest indication that nuclear energy will ever be obtainable. It would mean that the atom would have to be shattered at will." – Albert Einstein, 1932
"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers." – Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943
"If excessive smoking actually plays a role in the production of lung cancer, it seems to be a minor one." – -W.C. Heuper, National Cancer Institute, 1954
"I must confess that my imagination refuses to see any sort of submarine doing anything but suffocating its crew and floundering at sea.” — HG Wells, British novelist, in 1901
“When the Paris Exhibition [of 1878] closes, electric light will close with it and no more will be heard of it.” – Oxford professor Erasmus Wilson
A rocket will never be able to leave the Earth’s atmosphere.” — New York Times, 1936