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.
- Seeing an ‘error’ later is not the same as Feeling an ‘error’ in real time.
- Immediate sensory attention to an ‘error’ during the movement allows immediate awareness and self correction. This immediacy more closely mimics the way movement is learned (see also sensorimotor error prediction cycle).
Note: ‘error’ is subjective and refers to any difference in motor patterns between athlete’s Actual movement and their Desired movement.