Data is not the beginning of change. Replication is.
- Data is important to understand the movement, it can be added to experience, wisdom and science, and turned into Insight.
- This Insight may drive an action or decision - if and how to change a motor pattern.
- Either way, the coach still needs to communicate that action or decision to the athlete. The athlete still needs to understand, execute, and more importantly, Replicate the new pattern.
- There are many data collection systems that are used to understand sport movement, so it can be learned more efficiently. Many systems use Video or Motion Capture of an athletes’ performance for later review or further analysis, AFTER the movement has Already happened. However...
Replication is the beginning of change and remember that widely known saying, Practice Makes Perfect? Well hold on...
The saying may still need tweaking…
- Human movement contains tiny variable differences in supposedly repetitive motions. Seemingly identical movements may not be identical, after examination of tiny micro-variations in motions of sport skills.
- There may be a correlation in elite motor performance and the ability to adapt to this inherent movement variability.
- Current pedagogy techniques like occlusion training, compensation and basic cross-training already encourage neural adaptations in movement. The concept movement of variability provides support for the mechanisms behind the effectiveness of these techniques.
- Research suggests the ability to adapt (movement adaptation strategies) can be taught, to help an athlete adjust to the inherent movement variability for better performance.
- Purposely training the ability to adapt, i.e. training kinesthetic awareness, instead of training to perfect, will improve motor performance.
The KAT system Captures the Desired Motion, and then helps the wearer Correct the Motion, with instructive vibrations FELT through the sensors DURING the movement.