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Training the Athletic Brain

Unique brain training course that relates research from brain science and skill acquisition with practical outcomes
Sean Fyfe
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By the end of the course will have an understanding about how the human brain develops in relation to sports skill learning experiences.
By the end of the course you will understand how an experts brain functions and allows them perform their skills at the pinnacle of their sport.
By the end of the course you will know what the research says about the defining capabilities of expert sports performers.
By the end of the course you will understand to the key skill acquisition principles that relate to coaching experts in skill based sports.
By the end of the course you will have a deeper appreciation on the psychological development of athletes over time.
By the end of the course you will understand how all the different scientific fields spoken about in the course relate to each other and influence your coaching.
By the end of the course you will be able to take all the coaching knowledge and relate it practically to your coaching.
By the end of the course you will be a better coach.

The Brain Training: Training the Athletic Brain Course gives coaches greater insight into how expert sporting skills actually develop over time.  It brings together contemporary research from neuroscience, sports expertise development, skill acquisition and psychology.  In particular, it looks at how to coach most effectively at what ages based on how an athlete‚Äôs brain is actually developing. The course is guaranteed to challenge any coach and make an impact on all aspects of a coaching program.

The Brain Training course is structured so that students get grounding in fundamental knowledge in the beginning and delivers practical coaching outcomes in the latter half of the course.

The course is delivered mostly through video lectures along some written lectures and downloadable PDF's.  In total the course will take about 10 hours to complete.

Take this Brain Training course now and discover the brain science of athletics.


Course Introduction
This lecture gives you an overview of each course section.
Training the Athletic Brain Course Overview
A written overview of what you will learn from the Training the Athletic Brain Course.
The New Frontier of Coaching
Sports coaching is continually changing.  So what's the next big thing and how can you get an advantage over your rivals.

The Brain Basics

What You Need To Know About The Brain
This lecture covers all the underlying information you need to know about the brain for the course - including brain structure, how the brain communicates, how the brain grows and features of brain development that allow for skill improvement and expertise.
Important Definitions for Understanding the Brain

Make sure you a familiar with the terminology and definitions in this lecture before you continue moving through the course.

Brain Function in Expert Sport Skills

How the Brain Functions during Expert Skill Performance - Part 1
In Part 1 we look in detail at how the brain actually functions during expert skill performance - including what parts of the brain do what, how the brain perceives visual information, how decisions are made with or without time pressure and how the brain executes expert motor skills.
How the Brain Functions During Expert Skill Performance - Part 2
Part 2 deals with how knowledge of brain function of expert sports people will help you improve your coaching.
Brain Function Case Study 1 - The Basketball Point Guard
In this video we give you further insight into how an experts brain is able to deliver sporting skills including the perceptual, decision and action component of skills.

Brain Development During the Acquisition of Expert Sport Skills

Developmental Trajectories
Developmental trajectories form the basis of what we are trying influence as coaches with our athletes over time.  This lecture gives great insight into how the brain develops in relation to both sporting skills and psychological behaviours.
Developmental Trajectories For Sports Skills and Psychological Behaviours
This flowchart shows how the brain changes as expert sporting skills are developed over a long period of time.  For every advancement in skill we will also demonstrate how the brain changes to become capable of delivering that level of skill.

The Defining Features of Expert Sport Performers

The Defining Capabilities of Expert Performers - Part 1
In Part 1 we consider what the actual capabilities that define experts from sub-experts are.
The Defining Capabilities of Expert Performers - Part 2
In Part 2, we give you the 5 defining capabilities of expert performers in skill based sports.  These capabilities are what the research actually says and are probably not what you think.
Definitions for Understanding Expert Sport Performance

This lecture consists of some important definitions in regards to understanding defining capabilities of expert performers and skill acquisition principles.

Skill Development Pathway Based on How the Athletic Brain Develops

The Skill Development Pathway - Part 1
An extremely important part of developing an expert athletic brain is knowing what experiences are important at what ages right from the very beginning.  In this lecture we discuss exactly this.
The Skill Development Pathway - Part 2
In Part 2, we finish discussing the skill development all the way up to the professional athlete.  By the end of this lecture you will understand the what and why's of the different types of skill learning experiences kids, young athletes and maturing athletes need to have to give them the best chance of achieving their potential in skill based sports.
Pathway for the Development of Expert Sports Skills
In this flowchart, we describe the stages of expert sporting skill development and put this into context with what is actually happening to brain structure and function.
How Sports Expertise Has Redefined the Deliberate Practise Model
Sports expertise research has redefined how we need to approach the development expert sports skills from the ground up.  

Key Principles of Skill Acquisition According to Sports Expertise Research

Key Principles of Skill Acquisition for Coaches - Part 1
The key principles of skill acquisition have been developed in accordance with sports expertise and skill acquisition research along with input from brain science.  All coaches needed to have a good understanding of the 12 principles. In Part1 we cover principles 1 to 4.
Key Principles of Skill Acquisition for Coaches - Part 2
In Part 2 we cover the principles 5 to 8.
Key Principles of Skill Acquisition for Coaches - Part 3
In Part 3 we cover principles 9 to 12 and touch on how you can practically relate these principles to your coaching.
Key Principles of Skill Acquisition
A written version of the 12 key principles of skill acquisition you can take your time to study.

Understanding Biomechanics, Technique and Skill

Understanding Biomechanics, Technique and Skill - Part 1
In this lecture we put biomechanics, technique and skill into context.  We dispel the over influence of biomechanics and technique in skill based sports and show how skill must always remain the ultimate focus.
Understanding Biomechanics, Technique and Skill - Part 2
In Part 2 we continue our discussion on biomechanics, technique and skill.

Psychology, Mindfulness and Ambitious Learning

Ambitious Learning
What is ambitious learning and why should it be every coaches and parents number one priority?
Nurturing an Ambitious Learner
Ambitious Learning is the most essential ingredient to the development of expert sports skills.  Learn why and how you can go about nurturing ambitious learning of athletes from a young age.
Incorporating Mindfulness

Developing mindfulness skills in athletes will build the ability to regulate emotions and control and maintain attention on performance targets, two psychological skills essential to elite performance and maximising sporting potential. Learn how you can build the mindfulness skills of athletes over time.

Where Do Desirable Personal Qualities Come From
In this lecture we discuss how desirable psychological qualities come about over time, give you a deeper understanding on where they actually come from and offer helpful advice as you go about nurturing of them.

Coaching Practise

Putting Knowledge into Coaching Practise - Part 1A
In this lecture we start putting all the knowledge you've gained through the course into practical coaching outcomes.  This is the first of 3 videos that deliver the 10 take home practical coaching points.
Putting Knowledge into Coaching Practise - Part 1B
We discuss practical skill acquisition strategies for your coaching in this lecture.
Putting Knowledge into Coaching Practise - Part 2
The final 5 points on how you all this knowledge on training the athletic brain should influence your coaching.
Increasingly Difficult Experiences - Part 1
To achieve ongoing improvement and avoid skill performance plateaus, we need to find ways to continually challenge athletes.  This lecture starts with 3 important things to keep in mind.
Increasingly Difficult Challenges - Part 2
In Part 2 we present the 8 ways you can provide increasingly difficult experiences to your athletes so their skills just keep on improving.
Your Key Take Home Messages for Coaching Practise
Just like our athletes, we need complex things brought back to simple focuses.  Here are your 5 key take home messages from the course.

The Future

A Look into the Future
It's both helpful and fun to look into the future and think about how we are going to be able to one day even more effectively train the athletic brain.  Who knows what one day might be possible.  Good luck.
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