Saturday, December 13, 2014

The problem with science

We use science to understand things.
Some classic methods used often tend to break things apart into smaller units - then add these units together in groups or classification systems and often we love to put labels on these things too.

Does it work? Well our answer is yes and no - sometimes we see things better and we can easily also see different correlations.
But often the idea to break things down loose other connections or a more holistic approach and some correlations can also be just plain crazy as they are ripped away from the more holistic view.


Forget these two paragraphs above for now.

During the World Floorball Championships the Finnish company "My Coazh" released an App or a tool to analyse games. It is massive and it goes down into the very smallest detail of a game. You can check it out here
To be honest we looked at that web page too - and even if we understand the level of detail this tool may provide - we could not fully understand how it works.

Then came this study/article via Innebandymagazinet where today's game had been analysed on behalf of the Swedish team. If you rub an online translation over it you will get the most out of this as it is published in Swedish.

Ok this shows the game in detail and it might be what many coaches dream about. Yes they do other sports to at my coazh..

If we like it? We do not know - but we are afraid that this takes on an extremely technical approach to be used for the study of art...
Then Floorball players are humans too - so we are afraid that some rather holistic human components might be lost in the stream of data..

But the data stream is on the other hand - overwhelmingly impressive...
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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!