In the book, Expert Performances in Sports, by Janet L. Starkes and K. Anders Ericsson, the authors state:
“Reviews of Expert Performance have, in my opinion, been unsuccessful in uncovering any evidence of innate talents that are critical to expert performance, including factors that could not be altered or circumvented with the subjects’ executing of extended practice.” p.56
“When appropriately designed training is maintained with full concentration on a regular basis for weeks, months, or even years, inborn unmodifiable characteristics do not appear to constrain anyone from reaching high levels of performance.” p.56
What does this mean for you or your players? I think it’s good news for anyone whose goal is to reach the highest level of his or her sport. The question is how long does/will it take you or your players, how much extended and deliberate practice, will it take to get to that level?
We’ll talk about that next time.