Is taking a false step a bad idea? ADDENDUMBy Mladen Jovanovic on 15/11/2010
I just wanted to add one very dramatic example of context dependence of false step that cost my country entering the finals in Basketball World Championship in Turkey 2010. Since the Championship was held in Turkey, officials were biased. Anyway, starting from 5:22 in the video below, at the very end of this game Turkish player receives a ball close to...
Is Taking a False Step a Bad Idea?By Mladen Jovanovic on 10/11/2010
Coaches call it ‘false step‘ and preach that the first step when starting/accelerating should always be step forward. Lee Taft calls it “Plyo Step”. Although I have already covered some information on the plyo step in my final paper Training and Testing Agility in Sports I will share three supporting research papers that are supportive of plyo step.
The Sport Form PhenomenaBy Mladen Jovanovic on 02/11/2010
This article was published on Power Development Inc, EliteFTS and Reactive Strength Training websites. I glanced through it and corrected some sentences as much as I could, so please bear with bad English (this was wrote in 2006 when I just stared writing in English).
Interesting findBy Mladen Jovanovic on 25/10/2010
I have recently found this website by John McCrone. It seems promising although I am currently too busy to read it, but I will. dichotomistic This site is large. There are several books worth of material here. It also mixes the scholarly and the popular. This FAQ will help you decide whether the site has anything to offer you....
Interview with Mike TuchschererBy Mladen Jovanovic on 22/10/2010
Here is the email interview I did with Mike. I really enjoyed his answers and I hope we will continue this conversation in near future and expand more on some topics mentioned.
Stability~Variability in Warm-upBy Mladen Jovanovic on 21/10/2010
In short, the main purpose of the warm-up is to prepare the athletes for the main part of the workout. As late Charlie Francis used to say „Do whatever you need to warm-up“, which basically means don’t follow the dogmatic hypes and limit your options by saying negative or absolute claims, like „No to static stretching“.
Deliberate Practice for CoachesBy Mladen Jovanovic on 19/10/2010
I just finished Talent is Overrated and just starting the Bounce as recommended by Professor Keith Davids in this interview. All those books (can’t say exactly about the Bounce since I just started it) goes into the nature~nurture debate and shows how innate talent is not enough and the importance of something called deliberate practice (for a short review...
Random ThoughtsBy Mladen Jovanovic on 16/10/2010
1. Political Viewpoints This morning I was thinking about my political viewpoints and I couldn’t name/label them, thus I searched for the online test with my friend Cem Kantarci and I found this interesting and easy test that put you into a certain political viewpoint group based on your answers. Please note that this is only for fun, and...
Interview with “Creative Monkey” Rodney KingBy Mladen Jovanovic on 14/10/2010
Interview with “Creative Monkey” Rodney King I am very proud to present you the interview with “Creative Monkey” Rodney King, father of Crazy Monkey Defense from Johannesburg, South Africa. Watching Rodney coach and being a member of his personal blog – Inside the Monkey – I noticed that Rodney has a lot to offer, not only to martial arts...
The Function of Muscles in the Human BodyBy Mladen Jovanovic on 11/10/2010
In my opinion, and I may be wrong, muscles are flexible in terms of their function and can express different functions under certain context. This may be good thing and it may lead to dysfunctions and pain too. Anyway, there is a certain ‘attractor’ in their functioning based on their structure and location. What is important is to understand...