Sunday, July 31, 2011

What it takes - like 10.000 times?

K Anders Ericsson is a Swedish born researcher at the Tallahasse University of Florida.

He released some interesting research a couple of years ago together with a few other people. In essence they suggested that it takes 10.000 hours to be good at something.

10.000 hours to become an expert. 10.000 hours to shine and do things that is out of this world.

The way I read this..
10.000 hours to be good at Zorro and 10.000 hours to be good at Floorball.
How many have done that... here in the USA or in Canada?
Sorry, Brazil and Jamaica I do not think I can include you on this one...

What they also figured out was that talent is way too overrated. Talent is just some form of initial progress that will take a few individuals on the fast track to do more.....
ehmm......hours of practice.
Another interesting conclusion was that a new golf club would not help a golfer very much - most likely it would instead create new feelings and problems for the same golfer (I read this as it would be valid for Floorball too).
And Yes I do have one old funky stick from like 1990 degrees cold or something that I never use...

I am thinking now. Lets see I am rather old and played Floorball for the first time in 1971 in school with a basic Cosom stick, I think... hmm maybe I have played in total of maximum 1500 - 2000 hours of Floorball. And nope I am not very good at it at all. But I do still have tonnes of fun.

10.000 hours sounds like years to me and it is the same as playing floorball 40 hours a week for about 5 years... Lets say you only play Floorball or do Zorro for about 20-25 hours a week... Opps it will take You some 10 years to become one of the best or at least an expert.

So what do you do now? My suggestion is that you go to the basement and play some more Floorball, for a few hours.

If interested in the more heavy read here is an excellent source on this kind of groundbreaking loong research.

Floorball is for everyone!

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Research suggest that eye-injuries are more common in Floorball as compared to Tennis, but less common as compared to Squash (similar to Racquetball).
To minimize this risk of injury Floorballcentral recommend: Use certified protective eye-wear (mandated in many European areas for the youth). Do not lay down on the court. Follow the rules strict on stick height.

Also if you get addicted to this sport - do not blame us!