Why do we want better problem solvers in sports?

If sports are solving problems through movement; our athletes are problems solvers. The problems in which athletes faces are all quite unique in regards to the problems they face along with how they solve them. Problems in sports can range from each sport.

Why do we want better problem solvers in sports? » Strength 2 Strength
Solving Problems through Movement

Problems can range anywhere from the environment, the athlete, and the tasks that are in the sport itself (ecological dynamics and constraints led approach will be discuss in future). The relationship between all of these factors helps lead us into developing skill

One thing that we want to discuss is the way that athletes perceive information because it will be coupled with the way they act on that information. This is called perception-action coupling. We perceive to act and we act to perceive (Bernstein). Sporting events are an ever-changing environment. There is so many things constantly changing and going on during sport and the actual plays of action when the lights are on and specifically during the action of play.

The way that an athlete takes in information (perceptual) and what they actually connect to, in regards to that information is important to grasp per individual. The reason this is individualized/unique is because no one will ever experience the exact same situations and scenarios in their life as another.

Therefore we have to look at our athletes as individuals. Each person perceives things differently and connects to what they perceive differently. For example, we can all go see a movie but come out with and connect to different scenes and information in the movie because of our own experiences. The same comes to when athletes are solving problems in their sport. What we have to look at then with our athletes is the way that they interact with their environment. The information that they connect to in that environment shows us how they handle the connection of information and then how they move and respond with movement in that environment.

We also have to take psychological factors into account.  Psychological factors can be from stress, fear, anxiety, nervousness, excitement, feelings of hopelessness, aggression, etc. These dictate the way that we think, behave in that, and then our response to it. When we take psychological factors into account, we can start to see more of the individual connections that they make with information. Their experiences in all of life have shaped them into the person they are today good and bad. These experiences in life have shaped their behaviors and perceptions to the information at hand.  We could spend too long talking about this subject, but these are certain constraints that the athlete may have in regards to their decision making process when solving problems.