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Creativity and constraints in skill performance

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The difficulty of new ideas in basketball

“It takes two to make a very great career: The man who is great, and the man– almost rarer– who is great enough to see greatness and say so.” – Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead

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The Genius of Roger Federer

I have written about Roger Federer with regards to athleticism on several occasions (here and here). In a recent New York Times article, Federer’s fitness coach adds some insider insight into Federer’s genius:

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Double-Edged Sword of Demonstrations & Instruction

During my presentation, one question focused on the timing of block practice and random practice. In a traditional coaching methodology, coaches start with the block practice with lots of instruction and feedback and isolated drills. Once players show improvement, the … Continue reading

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The picture of a successful athlete

As I watch more and more individual workouts, I discover two commonalities of the successful players. First, the more successful players are creative. Some players do not follow directions exactly because they do not understand. Some follow directions exactly because … Continue reading

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