Tuesday, February 13, 2007

What have you herd?

What kind of herd are you running with?

These are important questions, of interest not only to physical educators & athletics coaches but also to a variety of others, including physicians, nurses, physical therapists, human factors engineers, physical anthropologists, and "zoologists".

One might ask, Are physical educators & coaches scientist? The answer depends on their approach to problem solving.

Coaches who systematically evaluate their selection & training of individuals can be considered scientists. The scientist-coach introduces an exercise stimulus & systematically evaluates the response.

The non-scientist-coach, in contrast, administers the training problem according to a fix whim-such as mimicking the techniques of successful athletes - or by conforming tenaciously to traditional practices for the herd! Round em boys! Get em to market!

We don't look at you as part of the herd.

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