Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Let us get our vast perspectives together on #LTAD & education

First, One of Sweden's largest sports - both in school and at recreational settings as well as a full fledged elite sport - is Floorball. But You knew that one already right?
OK, it also seems like that Swedish Floorball has taken a substantial leading role in Sweden, and in the Floorball world, as they try to develop LTAD or Long Term Athletic Development too.

So the other day as we found this recent clip on Sir Ken Robertson and his ideas on how schools must evolve to build creativity to meet change in an ever changing world - we made the assumption that you may draw parallels between what Sir Ken Robertson say about education and what many #LTAD folks in sports want...
Well, here is that post by the way...

We continued to wonder a bit if we were on the right path or not... So we checked in with Emil Persson head responsible for the development of Floorball in Sweden - and the man behind the Swedish Floorball Development Model (SIU) - this work is somewhat similar to what USA Hockey is aiming for within their ADM program.

We had two questions to Mr. Persson. The first was if he see the parallels between the development model in Swedish Floorball and what Sir Ken Robertson say as he talks about education? This is what Mr. Persson answers:
"I know pretty well the ideas of Sir Robinson. I read his book about finding your element last year. And I sympathize with what he is saying. He is describing a paradigm shift within education and the school system, and we are trying to describe and carry out similar change in the culture among our team sports. We are all talking about the individual and adapting the system into supporting the individuals passions and “elements”. That’s when motivation and self-determination comes in the picture."

As Sir Ken Robertson (we do not know why he is so specific about the Sir thing but we think it is because he is British) talks about how to implement the change in the culture of education he insists a bit that real change goes from the bottom-up and not from top-down...so.. Of course we then asked Mr. Persson a rather poisonous question. Should the new model (called SIU in Sweden) be either top-down or bottom-up driven? This is a poisonous question since it asks for an either or answer. Mr. Persson is clever enough to not fall into our little trap as he answer...
"In order to make an implementation and a change in culture, we need to have both a top-down driven and a down-up driven model. All the key factors that we are talking about on top is not in the mindset of those who are at the grass-root level. Bur for the implementation to be a success we need to support the people on the grass-root level in changing their behavior. Because they need to go home from a lecture or some kind of education, and act differently. Otherwise we haven’t accomplished anything. They need to carry out what they have learned, without doing the same thing as the always have done. And that takes time and energy."
and he ends by saying
"So we have only began our journey. And we have a long way ahead of us."

And that is all things we fully agree upon here out on the vast prairie as we still miss cross ice practice - but that miss is nothing compared to how we miss #floorball. ;-P
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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!