We often talk about the importance of the basics on the GAINcast, but what exactly are “the basics”? And how do we implement them and keep them an integral part of training? On this episode we share some best practices on the topic and practical examples of how coaches can keep the basics as the central pillar supporting their program.
Notes and Quotes
The basics is probably the topic we actually cover most often on the GAINcast and touch on with nearly every episode. But the topic is so important that it warrants a deep dive into how to actually put the basics in practice. We discuss what it is, and ideas on how to implement and build upon the basics in this episode.
- 1:00 – Recap of September’s GAIN Swimming
- 4:00 – Back to the basics: “More often than not what comes back to haunt an athlete is something basic. ” “Know the basics, master the basics, practice the basics, and don’t deviate from the basics. “
- 5:45 – The basics start with physical literacy. “It is not just fundamental movement skills; it is fundamental technical skills built upon those movement skills. “
- 9:30 – The basics of technique are not found in drills. It’s in making connections to fundamental movements.
- 10:30 – Working with dynamic systems: rather than fit athletes into a box, coaches should manipulate constraints until they see what they like and push them in that direction .
- 12:45 – Developing robust adaptable athletes with broad skillsets.
- 13:15 – Joseph Laban’s movement classification model.
- 16:30 – The movement wheel, the different between manipulative and non-manipulative movement skills, and how to utilize them.
- 20:00 – Building on foundational movement skills by developing biomotor qualities.
- 21:30 – Learning your body. “You don’t have a script, but you have some guides. “
- 23:30 – Explicit vs. implicit learning, how to implement both, and when to use each: “With explicit learning you have an extra focus of attention and the movement’s effect. “
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The following links were referenced in the podcast or provide some additional reading material on the topic:
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- For more on physical literacy listen to GAINcast 36.
- Vern has written about the basics several time: the basics, recommended reading on the basics of coaching, and key principles.
- Learn more about the Laban Movement Analysis model.