Monday, June 9, 2014

Pioneer-ism - ways to #LTAD - and Floorball of course


"Pioneer-ism" could mean that you break new ground and/or both change and/or develop things.

The society and many if it's drivers has created a culture where specialization is the general rule with some exceptions. Most people work with a fairly specialized profession for instance, and the main understanding of science is that it is mainly when we break things down into it's sole minor parts and we study things that are fairly isolated we dare to make not only the boldest studies but also acquire what we deem as good scientific results.

We do not say this is bad - we only say this to try to understand the reality. We also say that we believe in holistic thinking and cross pollination.

On top of this we have LTAD (Long Term Athletic Development) related research that clearly indicates that young athletes should not be specialized - they are more protected from injury - they seem to become better athletes and stay longer active if they avoid too much specialization.

Most would probably agree to all this above.
But if we also toss in the following as a statement: We think people most prone for pioneer-ism in some magical or natural ways end up in rather fast developing areas of the society. We think people interested in challenging things to a higher extent end up in areas like at software companies, at social media developments and perhaps at marketing departments or inside of research or innovative functions? It is not just only the people that do form these cultures it is other things too. But we do claim some specialized areas of the society are way more developed or susceptible for change, or prone to do what we in this post call pioneer-ism.
We therefore claim that on the other hand some areas of the society are not developing as fast as they could, at the same time as some other areas are developing at full speed.

So could some of the very fastest agents of change also become involved in areas where we do not see very much change at all? Yes, we think this not only will happen, we think it is already on track, but we also realize the obstacles these future oriented businesses will face as they will integrate, or start to clash, with forces or cultures of conservatism. Cultures in the society that mainly seek stability to maintain its own structures.

Rovio from Finland is the company behind Angry Birds and they have now engaged in a drive for FUN learning in the STEM educational fields. This is utterly interesting from our perspective since this is a software specialized change agent that takes on the conservatism of education.

We think this is what must happen to modernize and speed up education. We must see progressive companies (Yes, Google has a large educational drive too) from a very change prone cultures that takes on conservative areas of the society. Elon Musk is another example of this as he is the man with roots in software industry, now he turns both space missions and cars, as we know them, on their heads.

To us education is still a very unchanged and rather conservative area where work sheets on paper still rule and in PE many activities are like written in stone.
With cross-pollination that will be lead from developing tech companies we think PE might become an area for pioneer-ism too.

The most crucial part to develop in PE from our point of perspective is not Floorball but it is the core development of a much higher degree of active and health people. The software industry can claim that this is what they want but in reality they want to make money. So it might start with gadgets, tablet based software and sensors tracking what we do in PE and how we play. This is already happening but this is not about the tools or the first functions or services provided. The big thing is instead that we have agents of change entering into a rather conservative environment. Read that last part again please.

The most interesting part is when these agents of change leave their initial thirst for profit and realize that one of the most valuable thing they can change - as change agents - is when we have full implementation of core LTAD (Long Term Athletic Development) into every teacher or youth coach on this planet.
And we do not see why this should not happen? But the road forward might be rocky.

And if change agents are able to implement LTAD at a large scale into PE. Well then it should not be too complicated to introduce Floorball too.

What Floorball? Yes, Floorball. No Floorball is not that very special compared to other sports specifically as in terms of LTAD. But if a conservative system can speed up its own change rate, then more than one thing may change. Then it is also true that even if appears that Floorball is well ahead into its LTAD development compared to many other sports in the leading Floorball nation (Sweden). This could mean that a LTAD run PE system - could be more open to a team sport with significant track records and well tried methods - in the field of LTAD.

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Caution

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!