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  1. James Smith
    Sport coaches, take a few minutes to consider an analogy...
    You function as a type of building contractor, and if you have assistant coaches and you coach a sport with different athletes playing different positions, each position coach is a different type of sub-contractor; in addition to the coaches who specialize in the weight room, and the specialists who conduct active rehabilitation. A staff of different types of contractors and sub-contractors.
    Much different from actual building sub-contractors, however, the aggregate of you, your assistant coaches, weight room coaches, and rehabilitation coaches are operating void of a unified blueprint. Instead, each group of contractors and sub-contractors are operating on the basis of their own blueprint.
    Imagine if this were true regarding the contractors who built the stadiums, arenas, rinks, pools... your teams compete in, or even the house, condo, or apartment you live in?
    What if....the workers who poured the foundation had their own agenda, the framers/dry wallers had their own agenda, the electricians, the plumbers, the roofers, every carpenter....had their own agenda- their own blueprint as opposed to a master blueprint that accounted for the entire structure? Would you even consider bringing your team/athletes into such an unstable environment, let alone ask your family to sleep in such a place?
    Yet, this is exactly how your coaching staff has been operating.
    Sport/position coaches create your own blueprints (plans for sport practice), the weight room coaches create their own blueprints, and the people who take charge of rehabilitation protocols create their own blueprints. Yet, each type of 'work' renders a structural cost to the body.
    The athlete's bodies pay a price every time they practice sport, and every time they lift weights, run, and jump, and every time they do scaled versions of these as they rehabilitate from injury. Each type of 'work' has a price to pay, a set of consequences.
    The body pay's a price every time it does these sorts of 'work' and the fact that you have different sport 'contractors' creating their own independent blueprints that require each athlete pay a price, should, after having considered the analogy on offer, give you cause for concern and have you wondering why this lack of convergence, why this lack of cohesive organization, has existed for so long.
    You may even be wondering how your athletes or teams could have been successful in spite of this glaring contradiction, or, alternatively you may have the light bulb moment that clarifies why your athletes or teams have not been performing to the level you'd hoped for.
    In either case, you owe it to your own careers, to the careers of your staff and athletes, and to your athletes well-being to develop the knowledge that will raise your level of professional trade-craft to the level of the builders who built the structure that you and your families live and sleep in.
    The unified blueprint that will take sport to the next level, that will redefine your conception of 'sport practice', is a result of what I describe as 'sport preparatory engineering'. It is a process I describe in detail in the book "The Governing Dynamics of Coaching" and it is, according to my argument, simply a matter of when, not if, this mode of coaching knowledge becomes the difference maker in every sport, at every level, on earth.
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/194620806X 
     
  2. James Smith
    The following reality exists amidst universal considerations: any physical transformation is achievable so long as it does not violate a known law of physics; and the only reasons a physical transformation is unachievable, if it does not violate a known law of physics, is that there isn't enough knowledge to solve it yet, or it violates a law of physics that has yet to be discovered. The analog to this, regarding the single fixed constraint governing sport/military tactical possibilities, are the rules/laws or rules of engagement, respectively.
    It is a foregone conclusion that the laws of physics exist and ultimately constrain physical transformations, however, the physical transformations constrained by the laws of physics exist well beyond the scope of most human powered motion objectives; and therefore, pose no practical constraint against an athletic or military tactical possibility- specifically regarding a non-technological/mechanical human capability.
    The rules/laws of sport and military, however, are fixed constraints (lest they be amended) and these constraints are simultaneously liberating mechanisms in that any tactical approach is possible, provided ...
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  3. James Smith
    Coaches, let's say you construct and coach practices based upon an understanding of how best to improve competition results. The question, however, is what is your understanding; and more importantly, what is your epistemology?   Epistemology is the theory of knowledge and it is central towards your perception, in general, of the world and reality. It underpins what you see from your athletes and how you make sense of what you see.   No matter how talented and hard working your athletes are, It is insufficient to conceptualize coaching based solely upon a knowledge of the laws/rules of the sport, the varied tactical approaches to out execute the competition, and a surface level appreciation/understanding of culture, psychology, and technical development.   It is critical that you take seriously your epistemology and whether or not it would serve you, your organization, your athletes, your family... to modify or change it. Clearly, you must first identify what it is.   Are you an Empiricist, who equates knowledge with experience?   Are you an Idealist, who thinks knowledge is innate?   Are you a Constructivist, who thinks knowledge is a product of human constructions- distinct from unbiased discoveries of objective truth?   Are you a Pragmatist, who selects a reference for determining what is true based upon its practical applicability in the world?   Are you a Fallibilist, who refutes the idea that one can have a good reason for a belief?   Are you a Critical Rationalist, who thinks all knowledge is conjectural and can only be created through conjecture and refutation?   These are only some examples of philosophies/epistemologies and how integral their significance is with respect to how you perceive and think about the world, and more specifically, sport, your staff, your coaches, your athletes, your families...and how to improve the results of competition, cultural establishment, tactical understanding and execution, technical skill, psychological preparation, well-being, professional competency, and life outside and beyond sport.   The discussion of subject matter such as this often renders the question- can you recommend any books that address this subject matter as it regards sport and coaching?   The Governing Dynamics of Coaching  
  4. James Smith
    Coaches of sport
    Competition Strategic planning is fundamental towards attaining the highest possible results, however, it has yet to uniformly exist amidst professional and higher level sport.
    What it defines is the synchronized planning of all sport practice, specialized, general, and rehabilitative preparation by one individual or individuals working in collaboration. I refer to this planning as sport preparatory engineering; however, that is only jargon.
    What matters most is what it solves; which is the dysfunctional system of sport in which independent planning occurs by sport coaches, coaches of specialized and general training, and rehabilitation- in which the outcome of this disjointed an incongruent multi-way planning results in compounded structural and neuromuscular load impact.
    Sport coaches constructing practices independently of specialized/generalized coaches constructing workloads independently of physios/rehabilitation specialists constructing return to competition workloads independently of sport coaches...and around the merry go round it goes...is the primary reason for:
    1: the lack of maximized tactical and technical athlete development
    2: the amount of injuries that occur in practice and competition
    The communication between these departments is no more helpful than building contractors communicating between each other void of a common blueprint.
    The common blueprint in sport is the result of the jargon "sport preparatory engineering" which is the work of the jargon "competition strategist".
    Watch this video demonstrating the result of competition strategic planning utilized during the NFL preseason in which all tactical/technical, specialized, general, and rehabilitative work was engineered in a single blueprint.
     
  5. James Smith
    Governing Dynamics of Coaching Consulting
    Testimonial/Evaluation
     
    Beginning in 2018 I had come to a point in my education and career where I wanted to expand my knowledge. I felt a need to be pushed in areas that may not be strengths of mine and in the past I possibly felt were not needed for me to know or be successful. I spent many years looking for something or someone to provide this education and to be pushed accordingly. I looked into online Doctoral programs and never could find something that I felt covered a global view of sports. From people I trust James Smith’s new book was highly recommended. I purchased the book “The Governing Dynamics of Coaching” immediately following its release. I had read and viewed James material in the past, but this book was something much more. As I dove through it I was very impressed by the depth and variety of knowledge it provided. It provided a very global perspective for preparing athletes. It gave me perspective of other fields and how the structure that currently exist in these other fields could exist in sports. Naturally the book left me with even more questions and left me at a standstill. I spent 2017 debating how I could implement the information.
     
    At the beginning of 2018 I made a decision to do a full Governing Dynamics consultation. I spent 8 weeks diving into all of the Governing Dynamics of Coaching with James. What I thought I knew and understood from reading the book was given much more context and practical application. The 8-week consultation gave me the knowledge of what could exist and the current dysfunction that exist in each area of sports. It gave me a new perspective of this information and that it was not for strength coaches, but for coaches and can be applied for any sport. I have worked in numerous sports throughout my career always looking from a Strength & Conditioning/Sports Science lens. Now I look from a coaching lens and now feel very comfortable applying it to any sport that I work within. As the book did, following the 8 weeks of consulting I still have more questions and am working on a way to layout my own education to continue to further my knowledge in each Governing Dynamic. This will be an endless process and to apply it and be successful in its application will be the biggest test! I understand that 8 weeks of consulting only will scratch the surface and further consulting will be needed. I will continue this process as there are deeper details I seek.
     
    In the beginning I took time for me to be comfortable to let my guard down to what I do daily and offer criticism for all areas of sports and to criticize even the information James was giving me. Once I did I feel as if I am seeing much clearer and now see what could be possible in sports. As David Deutsch is quoted in the beginning of James book “The limiting factor is not resources, for they are plentiful, but knowledge, which is scarce” Every university and organization I have been a part of in my career has had plenty of resources to be successful, but what was missing was knowledge to allow for continued improvement of the athletes I worked with. James consulting has provided me a deeper knowledge of the Governing Dynamics of Coaching and now it is on me to apply it successfully.
     
     Shea Thompson
    Sports Scientist
    Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach
    Cincinnati Bengals
  6. James Smith
    I just completed another round of consulting with James and I cannot recommend it highly enough. It's hard to really explain how impactful his sessions are until you experience it for yourself. Each call you come away with a completely new perspective on how to navigate coaching, business, and life. He truly is in a league of his own and stands in and for the possibility of transforming the coaching profession with his Governing Dynamics Concepts. 
    Taylor Johnson
    Esports Performance Consultant, Entrepreneur
  7. James Smith
    James provided four quality consults that afforded me new knowledge in the psychological and tactical preparation subject matter. The information that was discussed began with objective elements which were then clarified through analogies to improve the understanding. I would recommend reading the book, The Governing Dynamics of Coaching, or delving into the subject matter through outside sources before retaining James otherwise a general overview will be needed which may waste valuable time during the consults. James’s vast knowledge in these critical areas will help any individual improve the alchemy of coaching.
    Brian Shrum
     
  8. James Smith
    I recently had the pleasure of having 4 consultations with James via Skype. The topics of conversation varied, however, they were mostly pertaining to topics within his book, “The Governing Dynamics of Coaching”. I have been following James’s work for several years, so it was brilliant to be able to discuss his ideas and arguments with him personally.
    Anyone who thinks that a consultation with James will be an hour of him spoon feeding you quick fixes is sorely mistaken. James encourages you to think, which at times, pushed me out of my comfort zone. This is not a complaint, as a matter of fact, this was what I enjoyed the most from our conversations. I found speaking with James challenging at times because his subject matter knowledge is so vast.  Fortunately, James is a fantastic educator. He is patient and generous with his time as well as being very thoughtful when answering any questions put to him, regardless how remedial they may be.
    I spoke with James about a broad number of topics. He is great company and the end of each consultation always came far too soon. Next time, I will ask more specific questions, and I would encourage any prospective clients to do the same. I could not recommend a series of consultations highly enough. Simply put, consulting with James has been the best investment I have made in my coaching education.
    Niall Gaynor
    Na Fianna (Dublin)
    Strength and Conditioning Coach
  9. James Smith
    Working with James has been nothing short of refreshing. His knowledge and skill set, which allows him to navigate multiple domains, is unparalleled.  The chasm that exists in sport is undeniable, and James has not only revealed where these breaches are prevalent, but has given us ample remedies. It is incumbent on us, as the architects of our athletes’ experience, to competently apply the unification of these principles. James is light years ahead of where sport culture needs to go in terms of advancement, and it would be wise for us all to listen and learn accordingly.
    Josiah Igono
    Texas Rangers
    Major League Director of Peak Performance
  10. James Smith
    James Smith Consultation Review
    I have read James’ book The Governing Dynamics of Coaching multiple times. I’ve dissected many sections throughout the book to further my understanding of certain topics. Not until I began consulting with James did I obtain complete clarity and understanding of the Governing Dynamics, both as general principles along with specific application to the sport of American football. He has opened my eyes to depth of knowledge necessary to competently engineer a holistic sport preparation system. Utilizing James as a consultant is one of the best professional investments I could recommend.

    Mike Nicolini
    Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach
    San Francisco 49ers
     
     
  11. James Smith
    Sport Preparatory Engineering Consulting
    Testimonial/Evaluation
     
    In 2018 I did a full Governing Dynamics consultation with James Smith. Spending 8 weeks diving into each area of the Governing Dynamics of Coaching. Throughout the last year I revisited each area to further my understanding. When doing this I really drew an interest to Sport Preparatory Engineering. I myself have used technologies such as GPS for 7 collegiate and NFL seasons to help in managing the loading of American Football Players. When studying the area of Sport Preparatory Engineering I was amazed by the planning and the mathematics that guided the development of the training blueprint. This gave detail to every step of the training blueprint and left little chance for unexpected result.
    In April of 2019 I made a decision that this was the area I needed to understand further if I was to really make an impact in assisting coaches and teams. I chose to do a 4-week intensive consultation with James Smith on Sport Preparatory Engineering and I am very pleased with the amount of information and knowledge I was able to gain from it.
    During this consultation we examined all areas of engineering the preparation of the American Football player with a particular emphasis on the NFL structure and constraints. James allowed me to guide the learning and he expanded on areas where I need to improve my knowledge. Examples areas that I was interested in included load distribution, engineering mathematics, and in-season practice design. James was able to display the ideal and then work from there in making adjustments for rule constraints we may be faced with.
    My 2nd consultation with James was a tremendous experience in diving deeper into Sport Preparatory Engineering, possibly the biggest area that can be improved in American Football. Having a blueprint to work from within your team and being able to make yearly adjustments from it is a must. James Smith provided me the knowledge and troubleshooting abilities to apply this for any team I work with!
      
    Shea Thompson
    Director of Performance Monitoring
    Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach
    San Francisco 49ers
  12. James Smith
    1)    “Working with James for a second cycle of coach education consulting has proved invaluable in advancing my understanding of the substrates of high performance sport.  Completing multiple series’ of consulting allowed us to discuss each of the Governing Dynamics multiple times in successive detail; and just as with training or preparation, each time we revisit a concept we are able to develop a deeper knowledge and deeper understanding of the content to then re-integrate into the program. I would highly recommend that coaches and professionals working with James consider multiple rounds of consulting, as it will afford you the opportunity to advance yourself at an accelerated rate and create the potential for truly meaningful advancement.  James’ depth of knowledge is immense and will likely not be captured in a single cycle of consulting work.  Advancing yourself, your organization, and profession at a rapid rate is well worth the time and expense.”
    2)    “Hiring James as a consultant was the best investment of my coaching career.  It has made an impact on my coach education that is unparalleled and has set me on a course to advance my knowledge and my athletes’ knowledge that will allow us to push forward in ways not yet seen, and hopefully advance the profession of sport while still in our lifetimes.”
    3)      “I am convinced that my coach education consulting with James’ helped propel me forward as a coach, and ultimately my team to a National Championship.  Working with James through the Governing Dynamics and simultaneously implementing the concepts with my athletes yielded us increasingly positive results, culminating in the highest achievement available to us – a National Championship.”
    4)“For any coach dedicated to honing their craft and pushing forward the profession of sport, it should be mandatory to work with someone like James.  I have worked with James in multiple rounds of coach education consulting, and each time have been able to successfully implement additional aspects of the Governing Dynamics and achieve increasingly positive results.  I am confident in saying that without my education garnered via working with James, I would not have been able to lead my team to its first National Championship title.”

    - Brad Richard – Head Coach- Charlotte Rugby
    The Governing Dynamics of Coaching on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/194620806X
     
     
     
  13. James Smith
    In humans, intellect is tantamount to hardware, while knowledge is tantamount to software; and critical thinking skills are the cash value in most practical circumstances.
    Intellect approximates to IQ (intelligence quotient) and is relatively fixed by early adulthood. Knowledge, on the other hand, is a mutable domain that is namely distinguished between information (data retention) and understanding.  The former serving a utility during trivia games, computations, or cramming for a test, while the latter is, uncontroversially, the area of interest for most. Physicist David Deutsch has expounded upon the corollary between understanding knowledge and explanatory ability; in which one's explanatory ability is the direct line to the degree to which he or she understands something. 
    The mode by which one's intellect, coupled with their understanding knowledge, is put into practice (i.e. through verbal or written explanation) is manifest via critical thinking. 
    A couple podcasts of mine pertaining to this subject:
    Critical Thinking- Why
    Critical Thinking- How
    Oxford Dictionary defines critical thinking as: the objective analysis and evaluation of an issue in order to form a judgement
    From this, we may further consider the definitions of the key words that compose the definition:
    objective- not influenced by personal feelings or opinions in considering and representing facts analysis- detailed examination of the elements or structure of something evaluation- the making of a judgement about the amount, number, or value of something; assessment judgement- the ability to make considered decisions or come to sensible conclusions It's also worth defining 'thinking'- the process of considering or reasoning about something
    At the dawn of the creation of http://globalsportconepts.net , in 2013, I was taking notes on a thermodynamics class hosted by MIT's open courseware, and the professor, whose name I apologetically have forgotten, started off by explaining how learning the definitions associated with thermodynamics gets one about halfway there regarding understanding thermodynamics as a whole.  This concept resonated strongly with me and I since took seriously the process of looking up definitions of words. I should note that this pertained not only to new words that I would add to my vocabulary, but words that were/are already part of my vocabulary. This is because, upon further thinking about many of the words we use in dialogue, I realize how unconvinced I was that we fully understand their definitions. As indicated, information and understanding knowledge are to be distinguished from one another; yet they needn't be polarized from one another. As, to know well enough how to use a word in a sentence is achievable short of understanding any subtleties of its definition compared to other words with similar definitions; while the deeper the knowledge one has both in terms of information retention AND understanding, the more capable he/she is in their mode of problem solving . Alas, I digress, as the significance of learning the definitions associated with critical thinking (and engaging in the associated practices) are, in and of themselves, a viable mode of improving one's critical thinking skills.  Vital to point out is the self-discovery necessary within each individual that is required in order to determine the most effective process of developing one's own critical thinking skills. 
    Using myself as an example, I realized early on that I was drawn to both analytical as well as synthetic modes of thinking, who was strongly drawn to becoming a polymath:
    Languages:
    German (used to be able to read, write, speak, however this has slipped due to nonuse) Spanish (conversational in the conversational basics, reading, and writing) Portuguese (conversational in the conversational basics, reading, and writing) Russian (learned to read Cyrillic in an afternoon in 2013, continue to plug away at vocabulary) Arts/Aesthetics
    Drawing/sketching Caricature, Figure Drawing, Gesture Drawing, Sketch Music
    Jazz guitar (BA, Cum Laude, Berklee College of Music as a Performance Major) some piano, some trumpet Areas of Research/Self-Learning/Self-Study
    Physics Mathematics NeuroPsychology/Neuropsychiatry/Neuroscience Dynamics/Biomechanics/Neuromechanics Physiology Epistemology/Cognitive Science *Due to their foundational role in critical thinking, I have personally found immense value in studying physics and mathematics
    Professional Consulting Skills
    The process of the research that amounted to the completion of "The Governing Dynamics of Coaching" evolved into facets of what I do as a consultant. The Governing Dynamics of Coaching, themselves, are representative of the polymaths that coaches, according to my argument, must become; in which deep knowledge must be developed as it regards: Cultural Establishment Analytical/Intellectual Advancement Psychological Preparation Technical/Tactical/Sensorimotor Development Bioenergetic/Biodynamic/Biomotor  Foundations Active Physiotherapeutic Typology/Integration Sport Preparatory Engineering Global Load Management While this partly elucidates on the process of advancing my own polymath and critical thinking skills, it is essential that any reader consider, and perform any necessary/associated self-discovery, what end of the analytical-synthetic thinking spectrum you reside at and, as a result, what modes of intellectual stimulation resonate most strongly within you.
    The strategic preparation for sport is an exercise in critical thinking as:
    Culture is the bedrock from which all knew knowledge emerges and the set of ideas that influences all thought and behavior Criticism and conjecture are the only possibilities for knowledge creation Psychological Preparation includes understanding the science of the brain and the development of psychological skills necessary to achieve targeted success independent of all factors outside of one's control Technical/Tactical/Sensorimotor Preparation are the distinguishing tradecraft elements that define the neurophysiological, bioenergetic, biodynamic, and biomotor abilities intrinsic to success in sport and military operations Bioenergetic/Biodynamic/Biomotor Preparation constitute, broadly speaking, the development of energy systems, motions, forces, and motor skill outputs.  Physiotherapeutic Interventions are, namely, the non-surgical therapies and modalities necessary to support the accelerated regeneration and/or rehabilitative return to sport/operations Sport Preparatory Engineering is the engineered blueprint that accounts for all neuromuscular/structural load stress incurred by athletes Global Load Management- the future of head sport coaching/ leadership in which the head individual is truly competent in all relevant fields of influence/preparation  I have not yet provided a definition for 'critical' itself. As a sensible conclusion to this blog entry I have done so on purpose. 
    Oxford dictionary defines critical, in adverb form, (as the word is used in the phrase critical thinking), as:
    having a decisive and crucial importance in the success, failure, or existence of something. Allow for something to be the success or failure of your sport organization. In this way, regardless if you are an analytical or synthetic thinker, I suggest to you that it is fundamentally important that you consider advancing your own critical thinking skills, as they relate to any and all of The Governing Dynamics of Coaching
     
     
     
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