Problem Solving, Part 2

When we take all of these variables; psychological, physical, and processing information into account for our athletes in their development as a whole, we are then able to see the gaps of our athletes.

Problem Solving » Strength 2 Strength
The Whole Athlete

The gaps being a plethora of things. The ability to handle the pressures, anxieties, nerves, etc of sport and what comes with them. Some other gaps being certain situation/scenarios in the actual sporting event. Examples could be running with the ball, not being able to win 1v1 opportunities in open field, in closed space, certain angles, and the list can go on and on. Other gaps maybe psychological do to injury. The fear to cut on a certain leg and the athlete is unwilling to use their leg. This is a big gap in sports that can be taken care of in a therapy standpoint. More gaps could be pressure. The inability to handle pressure when competition arises is another.

Below we are going to use brief examples using a constraints led approach (CLA), which will be discussed in the future. The CLA looks at the environment, organism, and task as a relationship on how to develop skill. We cant have one without the other but each one of them can add constraints (limitations/restrictions) which affects the dynamic of play.

Environmental constraints that an athlete could face is the competitive nature of the game (match in front of people, championship match, etc), socioculture, culture, politics, legal factors, and economic factors for some examples.

The pressure to win, the coaching be coached, parents are in the stands, team rival, etc. This can put pressure, anxiety, nervousness, fear, and excitement on the athlete. These behavioral factors can dictate the way that an athlete interacts with their environment around them. We get to see how they handle all of these different emotional behaviors and how they respond.

Organism constraints can be so many on an individual basis. A broad spectrum can be so many psychological factors, injuries or hurts they have experienced, age, experience of movement, exposure to all of these factors, motivation, variables of that day, etc. the list is huge!!!

The task constraints can change from sport to sport. The rules of sport and performance, specific goals of the task, specific equipment used in the sport, intentions of the sport, etc.