2014 exists in an era when technology allows us to instantaneously access vast amounts of information; however, this advancement has apparently caused our intellect to dwindle, resulting in a population of people unable to think analytically.
A recent study conducted by Dr. lyad Rahwan, an honorary at the University of Edinburgh, revealed frequenters of social network sites like Twitter and Facebook, have difficulty thinking critically and independently.
Dr. Rahwan’s study consisted of a group of 20 individuals whom he asked three trick questions repeatedly.
“For example they were told that a bat and ball cost 1.10 [British pounds (GBP)] in total and that the bat cost 1 [GBP] more than the ball, and then they were asked to work out how much the ball costs,” reported the Daily Mail. More information
We have every considered our feebleness and bodily infirmity as the gifts of nature, our diseases as innate evils, and our vices as the shoots of original sin; instead of deeming them, what they almost always are, the consequences of our corrupt mode of life and education. It is but too true, that we are much more fond of having recourse to the shop of the apothecary, the magnetizing quack, or the panaceas of empirics, for preserving our lives, and dispelling disease, than drawing nearer to nature, or at least suffering our innocent children, whom a similar fate awaits, to draw more near to her, and imbibe health, strength, and longevity, from her breast: it is but too true, that many slaves of luxury, effeminacy, and fashion, consider affected sentimentality as a mark of refined understanding; delicate health and bodily debility, as indications of a mind highly cultivated; womanish softness, as a token of noble descent, and superior education; and in short, all these, as no less certain proofs of high birth, than the long nails of the Chinese.
It is but too true, that in many men of letters cannot conceive of solid learning, unless built on the ruin of the body; that even enlightened parents and tutors think they do enough for the physical department of education, and follow completely the modern mode of education, as it is called, and the directions of the wisest physicians, if the child be not suckled by a stranger, eat non pap, be neither swathed, rocked, put into leading strings, injured by stays, nor crammed with food; if he breathe pure air, get the small pox by inoculation, drink water, wear short hair, be accustomed to moderation in eating, once now and then take a little walk, and be exempted from swallowing preservative medicines, and from the application of the rod.
The erroneousness of these opinions is sufficiently obvious. The good included in the last I prize: but a child may be brought up very effeminately with cropped hair, under this philanthrophical education, as it is usually styled; which assuredly is far from sufficient, to carry a youth up to that degree of bodily perfection, where health is combined with strength and activity, with endurance, courage, and presence of mind, in the true manly character.
-Johan Guts Muths, Gymnastics for Youth, 1803, pg 99-100.
You ask my opinion on the extent to which classical learning should be carried in our country. A sickly condition permits me to think and a rheumatic hand to write too briefly on this litigated question. The utilities we derive from the remains of the Greek and Latin languages are, first, as models of pure taste in writing. To these we are certainly indebted for the national and chaste style of modern composition which so much distinguishes the nations to whom these languages are familiar. Without these models we should probably have continued the inflated style of our northern ancestors, or the hyperbolical and vague one of the east. Second, among the values of classical learning, I estimate the luxury of reading the Greek and Roman authors in all the beauties of their originals. And why should not this innocent and elegant luxury take its preeminent stand ahead of all those addressed merely to the senses? I think myself more indebted to my father for this than for all the other luxuries his cares and affections have placed within my reach; and more now than when younger, and more susceptible of delights from other sources. When the decays of age have enfeebled the useful energies of the mind, the classic pages fill up the vacuum of ennui, and become sweet composers to that rest of the grave into which we are all sooner or later to descend. A third value is in the stores of real science deposited and transmitted us in these languages, to-wit: in history, ethics, arithmetic, geometry, astronomy, and natural history.
But to whom are these things useful? Certainly not to all men. There are conditions of life to which they must be forever estranged, and there are epochs of life too, after which the endeavor to attain them would be a great misemployment of time. Their acquisition should be the occupation of our early years only, when the memory is susceptible of deep and lasting impressions, and reason and judgment not yet strong enough for abstract speculations. To the moralist they are valuable, because they furnish ethical writings highly and justly esteemed: although in my own opinion, the moderns are far advanced beyond them in this line of science, the divine finds in the Greek language a translation of his primary code, of more importance to him than the original because better understood; and, in the same language, the newer code, with the doctrines of the earliest fathers, who lived and wrote before the simple precepts of the founder of this most benign and pure of all systems of morality became frittered into subtleties and mysteries, and hidden under jargons incomprehensible to the human mind. To these original sources he must now, therefore, return, to recover the virgin purity of his religion. The lawyer finds in the Latin language the system of civil law most conformable with the principles of justice of any which has ever yet been established among men, and from which much has been incorporated into our own. The physician as good a code of his art as has been given us to this day. Theories and systems of medicine, indeed, have been in perpetual change from the days of the good Hippocrates to the days of the good Rush, but which of them is the true one? The present, to be sure, as long as it is the present, but to yield its place in turn to the next novelty, which is then to become the true system, and is to mark the vast advance of medicine since the days of Hippocrates. Our situation is certainly benefited by the discovery of some new and very valuable medicines; and substituting those for some of his with the treasure of facts, and of sound observations recorded by him (mixed to be sure with anilities of his day) and we shall have nearly the present sum of the healing art. The statesman will find in these languages history, politics, mathematics, ethics, eloquence, love of country, to which he must add the sciences of his own day, for which of them should be unknown to him? And all the sciences must recur to the classical languages for the etymon, and sound understanding of their fundamental terms. For the merchant I should not say that the languages are a necessary. Ethics, mathematics, geography, political economy, history, seem to constitute the immediate foundations of his calling. The agriculturist needs ethics, mathematics, chemistry and natural philosophy. The mechanic the same. To them the languages are but ornament and comfort. I know it is often said there have been shining examples of men of great abilities in all the businesses of life, without any other science than what they had gathered from conversations and intercourse with the world. But who can say what these men would not have been had they started in the science on the shoulders of a Demosthenes or Cicero, of a Locke or Bacon, or a Newton? To sum the whole, therefore, it may truly be said that the classical languages are a solid basis for most, and an ornament to all the sciences.
The student may read Homer or Æschylus in the Greek without danger of dissipation or luxuriousness, for it implies that he in some measure emulate their heroes, and consecrate morning hours to their pages. The heroic books, even if printed in the character of our mother tongue, will always be in a language dead to degenerate times; and we must laboriously seek the meaning of each word and line, conjecturing a larger sense than common use permits out of what wisdom and valor and generosity we have. The modern cheap and fertile press, with all its translations, has done little to bring us nearer to the heroic writers of antiquity. They seem as solitary, and the letter in which they are printed as rare and curious, as ever. It is worth the expense of youthful days and costly hours, if you learn only some words of an ancient language, which are raised out of the trivialness of the street, to be perpetual suggestions and provocations. It is not in vain that the farmer remembers and repeats the few Latin words which he has heard. Men sometimes speak as if the study of the classics would at length make way for more modern and practical studies; but the adventurous student will always study classics, in whatever language they may be written and however ancient they may be. For what are the classics but the noblest recorded thoughts of man? They are the only oracles which are not decayed, and there are such answers to the most modern inquiry in them as Delphi and Dodona never gave. We might as well omit to study Nature because she is old. To read well, that is, to read true books in a true spirit, is a noble exercise, and one that will task the reader more than any exercise which the customs of the day esteem. It requires a training such as the athletes underwent, the steady intention almost of the whole life to this object. Books must be read as deliberately and reservedly as they were written. It is not enough even to be able to speak the language of that nation by which they are written, for there is a memorable interval between the spoken and the written language, the language heard and the language read. The one is commonly transitory, a sound, a tongue, a dialect merely, almost brutish, and we learn it unconsciously, like the brutes, of our mothers. The other is the maturity and experience of that; if that is our mother tongue, this is our father tongue, a reserved and select expression, too significant to be heard by the ear, which we must be born again in order to speak. The crowds of men who merely spoke the Greek and Latin tongues in the Middle Ages were not entitled by the accident of birth to read the works of genius written in those languages; for these were not written in that Greek or Latin which they knew, but in the select language of literature. They had not learned the nobler dialects of Greece and Rome, but the very materials on which they were written were waste paper to them, and they prized instead a cheap contemporary literature. But when the several nations of Europe had acquired distinct though rude written languages of their own, sufficient for the purposes of their rising literatures, then first learning revived, and scholars were enabled to discern from that remoteness the treasures of antiquity. What the Roman and Grecian multitude could not hear, after the lapse of ages a few scholars read, and a few scholars only are still reading it.
However much we may admire the orator’s occasional bursts of eloquence, the noblest written words are commonly as far behind or above the fleeting spoken language as the firmament with its stars is behind the clouds. There are the stars, and they who can may read them. The astronomers forever comment on and observe them. They are not exhalations like our daily colloquies and vaporous breath. What is called eloquence in the forum is commonly found to be rhetoric in the study. The orator yields to the inspiration of a transient occasion, and speaks to the mob before him, to those who can hear him; but the writer, whose more equable life is his occasion, and who would be distracted by the event and the crowd which inspire the orator, speaks to the intellect and health of mankind, to all in any age who can understand him.
No wonder that Alexander carried the Iliad with him on his expeditions in a precious casket. A written word is the choicest of relics. It is something at once more intimate with us and more universal than any other work of art. It is the work of art nearest to life itself. It may be translated into every language, and not only be read but actually breathed from all human lips;–not be represented on canvas or in marble only, but be carved out of the breath of life itself. The symbol of an ancient man’s thought becomes a modern man’s speech. Two thousand summers have imparted to the monuments of Grecian literature, as to her marbles, only a maturer golden and autumnal tint, for they have carried their own serene and celestial atmosphere into all lands to protect them against the corrosion of time. Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations. Books, the oldest and the best, stand naturally and rightfully on the shelves of every cottage. They have no cause of their own to plead, but while they enlighten and sustain the reader his common sense will not refuse them. Their authors are a natural and irresistible aristocracy in every society, and, more than kings or emperors, exert an influence on mankind. When the illiterate and perhaps scornful trader has earned by enterprise and industry his coveted leisure and independence, and is admitted to the circles of wealth and fashion, he turns inevitably at last to those still higher but yet inaccessible circles of intellect and genius, and is sensible only of the imperfection of his culture and the vanity and insufficiency of all his riches, and further proves his good sense by the pains which be takes to secure for his children that intellectual culture whose want he so keenly feels; and thus it is that he becomes the founder of a family.
Those who have not learned to read the ancient classics in the language in which they were written must have a very imperfect knowledge of the history of the human race; for it is remarkable that no transcript of them has ever been made into any modern tongue, unless our civilization itself may be regarded as such a transcript. Homer has never yet been printed in English, nor Æschylus, nor Virgil even–works as refined, as solidly done, and as beautiful almost as the morning itself; for later writers, say what we will of their genius, have rarely, if ever, equaled the elaborate beauty and finish and the lifelong and heroic literary labors of the ancients. They only talk of forgetting them who never knew them. It will be soon enough to forget them when we have the learning and the genius which will enable us to attend to and appreciate them. That age will be rich indeed when those relics which we call Classics, and the still older and more than classic but even less known Scriptures of the nations, shall have still further accumulated, when the Vaticans shall be filled with Vedas and Zendavestas and Bibles, with Homers and Dantes and Shakespeares, and all the centuries to come shall have successively deposited their trophies in the forum of the world. By such a pile we may hope to scale heaven at last.
The works of the great poets have never yet been read by mankind, for only great poets can read them. They have only been read as the multitude read the stars, at most astrologically, not astronomically. Most men have learned to read to serve a paltry convenience, as they have learned to cipher in order to keep accounts and not be cheated in trade; but of reading as a noble intellectual exercise they know little or nothing; yet this only is reading, in a high sense, not that which lulls us as a luxury and suffers the nobler faculties to sleep the while, but what we have to stand on tip-toe to read and devote our most alert and wakeful hours to.
I think that having learned our letters we should read the best that is in literature, and not be forever repeating our a-b-abs, and words of one syllable, in the fourth or fifth classes, sitting on the lowest and foremost form all our lives. Most men are satisfied if they read or hear read, and perchance have been convicted by the wisdom of one good book, the Bible, and for the rest of their lives vegetate and dissipate their faculties in what is called easy reading. There is a work in several volumes in our Circulating Library entitled “Little Reading,” which I thought referred to a town of that name which I had not been to. There are those who, like cormorants and ostriches, can digest all sorts of this, even after the fullest dinner of meats and vegetables, for they suffer nothing to be wasted. If others are the machines to provide this provender, they are the machines to read it. They read the nine thousandth tale about Zebulon and Sophronia, and how they loved as none had ever loved before, and neither did the course of their true love run smooth–at any rate, how it did run and stumble, and get up again and go on! how some poor unfortunate got up on to a steeple, who had better never have gone up as far as the belfry; and then, having needlessly got him up there, the happy novelist rings the bell for all the world to come together and hear, O dear! how he did get down again! For my part, I think that they had better metamorphose all such aspiring heroes of universal noveldom into man weather-cocks, as they used to put heroes among the constellations, and let them swing round there till they are rusty, and not come down at all to bother honest men with their pranks. The next time the novelist rings the bell I will not stir though the meeting-house burn down. “The Skip of the Tip-Toe-Hop, a Romance of the Middle Ages, by the celebrated author of ‘Tittle-Tol-Tan,’ to appear in monthly parts; a great rush; don’t all come together.” All this they read with saucer eyes, and erect and primitive curiosity, and with unwearied gizzard, whose corrugations even yet need no sharpening, just as some little four-year-old bencher his two-cent gilt-covered edition of Cinderella–without any improvement, that I can see, in the pronunciation, or accent, or emphasis, or any more skill in extracting or inserting the moral. The result is dulness of sight, a stagnation of the vital circulations, and a general deliquium and sloughing off of all the intellectual faculties. This sort of gingerbread is baked daily and more sedulously than pure wheat or rye-and-Indian in almost every oven, and finds a surer market.
The best books are not read even by those who are called good readers. What does our Concord culture amount to? There is in this town, with a very few exceptions, no taste for the best or for very good books even in English literature, whose words all can read and spell. Even the college-bred and so-called liberally educated men here and elsewhere have really little or no acquaintance with the English classics; and as for the recorded wisdom of mankind, the ancient classics and Bibles, which are accessible to all who will know of them, there are the feeblest efforts anywhere made to become acquainted with them. I know a woodchopper, of middle age, who takes a French paper, not for news as he says, for he is above that, but to “keep himself in practice,” he being a Canadian by birth; and when I ask him what he considers the best thing he can do in this world, he says, beside this, to keep up and add to his English. This is about as much as the college-bred generally do or aspire to do, and they take an English paper for the purpose. One who has just come from reading perhaps one of the best English books will find how many with whom he can converse about it? Or suppose he comes from reading a Greek or Latin classic in the original, whose praises are familiar even to the so-called illiterate; he will find nobody at all to speak to, but must keep silence about it. Indeed, there is hardly the professor in our colleges, who, if he has mastered the difficulties of the language, has proportionally mastered the difficulties of the wit and poetry of a Greek poet, and has any sympathy to impart to the alert and heroic reader; and as for the sacred Scriptures, or Bibles of mankind, who in this town can tell me even their titles? Most men do not know that any nation but the Hebrews have had a scripture. A man, any man, will go considerably out of his way to pick up a silver dollar; but here are golden words, which the wisest men of antiquity have uttered, and whose worth the wise of every succeeding age have assured us of;–and yet we learn to read only as far as Easy Reading, the primers and class-books, and when we leave school, the “Little Reading,” and story-books, which are for boys and beginners; and our reading, our conversation and thinking, are all on a very low level, worthy only of pygmies and manikins.
I aspire to be acquainted with wiser men than this our Concord soil has produced, whose names are hardly known here. Or shall I hear the name of Plato and never read his book? As if Plato were my townsman and I never saw him–my next neighbor and I never heard him speak or attended to the wisdom of his words. But how actually is it? His Dialogues, which contain what was immortal in him, lie on the next shelf, and yet I never read them. We are underbred and low-lived and illiterate; and in this respect I confess I do not make any very broad distinction between the illiterateness of my townsman who cannot read at all and the illiterateness of him who has learned to read only what is for children and feeble intellects. We should be as good as the worthies of antiquity, but partly by first knowing how good they were. We are a race of tit-men, and soar but little higher in our intellectual flights than the columns of the daily papers of the mind, the classick pages fill up the vacuum of ennui, and become sweet composers to that rest of the grave into which we are all sooner or later to descend.”
If you’re a reader, chances are there are a few books that stand out as having changed the way you thought about something. Far more than just a little escapism, books have the ability to change our lives, and as a new study shows—they can even change our brain chemistry.
Researchers from Emory University in Atlanta published their work in the journal Brain Connectivity,where they revealed reading a novel can have lasting effects on the brain.
For the study, 21 undergraduates were recruited to read the novel Pompeii, by Robery Harris. Written in 2003, the volume follows a protagonist as he watches the impending eruption of Mount Vesuvius from afar. It’s a thriller and has a “strong narrative line”, something the researchers thought important when choosing the book. More details
Princeton University Head Coach Chris Bates on the Development of the Mind of an Elite Player
Coach Chris Bates of Princeton University will join Stephen McCarthy to discuss the world of elite performance in lacrosse. We will be talking about what the mind of an elite player looks like and how you can start to develop the mental game needed for elite performance. Coach Bates has been a head coach for over 14 years at the college level at Drexel and Princeton.
Additional areas covered; Bigger, stronger and faster are not always are the best in the end, youth coaching and the emphasis on winning, and the lack of coaches with the ability to create an positive, creative environment for athletes.
About Chris Bates:
Chris Bates, whose calmness and strength serve as the bedrock of the Princeton men’s lacrosse program, recently finished his fourth season as the head coach of the Tigers. Bates has led Princeton to two Ivy league championships, two NCAA tournaments and three Ivy League tournament finals, including one championship, in his first four years. Bates led Princeton to the outright Ivy League championship and into the NCAA tournament in 2012. In his first three seasons, he has now won two Ivy titles and made two NCAA tournament appearances. Faced with the often-difficult task of replacing a Hall of Fame coach, Bates has coached 13 first-team All-Ivy and 14 All-America selection in his first four years. He has also coached the Ivy League Player of the Year once and the Rookie of the Year three times in four years. His career record in 14 years as a head coach is 105-95, including 35-24 at Princeton.
Pollution isn’t only a concern when you’re outdoors—it’s a concern in your home as well. From the carpet on the floor to the cleaning products you might use, there are numerous contaminants that could be infiltrating your domicile. Ideally you would replace these toxic substances with less toxic counterparts, but that isn’t always practical. Fortunately, research has shown certain houseplants to have air-purifying effects that can make it easier to breathe while beautifying your surroundings. Learn more
Recent studies have shown that young people are under unprecedented stress. They are concerned about their weight, concerned about their grades, being bullied and bombarded with pornography from every direction. Learn more via The Independant.
We, as adults and parents, must step in and give the next generation hope and a reason to live a healthy, happy life. We must create an environment where young people are allowed to live a life of happiness and accomplishment. At The McCarthy Project, we pledge to create programs and events that give young people the tools they need to complete this process.
Control Thru Numbers or The Art of Life, Which One?
By Stephen McCarthy, The McCarthy Project
Over the last couple months, the words “philosophy of science” have continued to pop up. What does it mean? For as long as I remember, the two subjects are stand-alone forms, right? But then one of those revelation moments came and I realized that life is not about predictive, controlled programming, it is meant to be an art form with science added for additional information.
I would challenge you to start developing your thoughts individual viewpoints around the concept of philosophy of science. It will lead you to places that few people have traveled and revelations of new ideas are available. Here are the conversations and books I read over the last couple weeks that lead me to realize that life can bee seen differently.
Kurt Lewin, The Principles of Topological Psychology, the first part of the book is around the concepts of philosophy of science, Greek logic, and experiments that can be proven scientifically.
A conversation with Travis Zins, strength coach at St. Cloud State University and Shaun Myszka, performance coach at Explosive Edge, on the concept of periodization and the lack of time and control that even the big time coaches have with athletes. The constraints lead back to the art of training, not science.
Lastly, Cal Dietz, strength coach at the University of Minnesota, just posted an essay on a new paradigm in coaching athletes. Hard core, make you puke workouts, don’t make better athletes. See the entire post here.
In the end, we must realize that how we view life and the philosophy that we act out with our life is just as important to what “research says.”
It is often said that the best coaches of any sport know precisely when to push their athletes and when to take their foot off the throttle. Exceptions aside, high-level coaches do not simply grind their athletes into the ground each and every practice session, creating a practice culture that overemphasizes sacrifice and grunt labor to the detriment of skill acquisition and the enhancement of speed. Due to the influence of Hollywood movies featuring caricatures of nearly-sadistic football coaches, or the annual idle chat among aging alumni under Friday night lights remembering when “coach ran them till’ they bled or puked,” the vast majority of the public have formed the opinion that hard work, and hard work alone, is the key to sporting success. If the kids do not win, they simply didn’t work hard enough. They’re too soft. They’re too coddled. They’re not committed to doing what it takes to win.
In reality, high-level sport coaching is a delicate balance of art and science. The human body has finite parameters within which coaches and trainers must work. It only responds and adapts to certain forms and quantities of stress which must be carefully prescribed, monitored, and periodically reassessed. A coach who simply seeks to make his athletes exhausted during each and every practice is a coach lacking all understanding of human physiology and of the nature of sport itself. For sport is not merely a matter of strategy and tactical decision making, but also a matter of skill acquisition and performance. In our experience, many coaches generally understand the former, but almost entirely lack knowledge of the latter. They simply do not understand that all sports and sporting activities are skills, and that in order to elicit optimal performance in their athletes, coaches need to refocus their efforts on effectively improving sport skill performance. Furthermore, speed development is largely lost on many coaches as well, and the ideal means of improving speed is actually linked directly to the enhancement of skill performance. There is a small window of time during practice where improvements in both qualities can realistically be made. Outside of this window, gains in speed and skill performance are all but non-existent. The purpose of this essay is to explain how to take advantage of this limited period of practice time where important sport skills can be taught and improved upon, and speed can be developed to levels previously unattained.
By Cal Dietz and Jonathon Janz, For additional information, visit xlathlete.com
Risk and the Role it Plays in Success in Life and Sport
Dr. Mary Riddel, professor at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, recently posted an article entitled, “Risky Recreation.” She discussed the role that risk plays in the life of extreme sports. On the show today, Stephen and Dr. Riddel discussed how risk plays out in everyday life, as well as, sport.
Secondly, Dr. Riddel covered the concept of “too much risk”, “not enough risk” and the balance between each one in the real world.
Mary Riddel, chair of the economics department and a Beam Research Fellow in the Lee Business School at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. Mary has built a national reputation in environmental economics and risk through her contributions to the Center for Business and Economic Research at UNLV.
Nothing so well makes one forget the every day wear and tear, or so freshens the mind, raises the spirits, and strengthens the working ability in the adult as the particular kind of sport or game which he practised with special interest in his youth. Peter Ling, Home Gymanstics, 1907, pg. 18
A person who spends the day in useful work and takes a proper amount of exercise, sleeps soundly. He retires early and rises refreshed, sound in mind and body, and commences the new day with cheerfulness and energy. He has learned how to differentiate between day and night, and divides his day between work and needful rest.
A person who is lazy and suffers from the bad effects of high living, is tired and languid in the morning and during the day, but is quite lively in the evening and at night when he stays in a smoky bar-room or close ball-room.
It is the duty of every noble-minded person to work with word, example and action for the regeneration of the people through a more natural mode of living, so that simplicity in food and drink and a general knowledge of the laws of hygiene may prevail.
In today’s world of technology and organized sports, our young people have become more inactive than previous generations. Who remembers going to building a tree fort for hours and then climbing the tree to get to it. Playing pond hockey for hour after hour after hour. Playing basketball in the driveway in the winter time for hours.
Peter Ling in his 19th century work called Home Gymnastics says,
“It is a fact that a person who likes and practices physical exercise has purer habits of life, and-greater power of resisting temptation, than a person who is physically weak and effeminate, and who gives himself up to unsound enjoyments and expensive but injurious habits.
Daily physical exercise suppresses the morbid craving for pleasure; a right amount of physical work produces a sense of satisfaction and a happier frame of mind, through which nervousness and the feeling of discomfort are banished. “Happiness is the best nerve tonic.
A person who is bodily and morally strong is usually good-natured ; he is not easily excited, and his temper is far more under control than that of a person who is weak and delicate. He is free from cowardice, and scorns everything false and ugly, every fraud and deception in word or action; he values honor and loyalty, honesty, and the sense of duty. He is not susceptible to small complaints, sentimentality, or fussiness. A person bodily and morally weak is mostly occupied with thoughts of his health; if he can endure this or that exertion, whether he can digest this or that food; how he must dress in order not to take cold in the house or outside. He loses all power of endurance, enjoyment of life, and conﬁdence in himself. He causes his friends inconvenience and anxiety, while a strong and sound person is of use to his neighbors.
Parents and teachers should avoid too much cautiousness in the education of children; they ought not to keep children conﬁned to the house for a slight cold, catarrh, or headache; physical exercise in the open air is often the best remedy.
Young people should be instructed in the signiﬁcance and care of all the different organs of the body, including the development, signiﬁcance, and hygienic care of the generative organs; they should know of the harm they can inﬂict upon themselves through care lessness and ignorance.
Young people should learn ﬁrst and foremost for their own sakes, but also from a purely national point of view, how to take care of their bodies and health, so that they may have a real foundation of physical and moral strength when they become older, and in their turn build a home and family. We should remember that the moral power of a nation ultimately depends upon the moral strength of the individual and the home, and that good examples are of the great est importance in education.” pg. 20-21
We as a society must find a way to return to our ways of building moral and physical health, to increase our young people’s activity level outside of organized sports and organized, periodized strength training. Their future and the future generation’s happiness and quality of life depend on it.
It is a law of nature that movement is progress and life, and that inactivity is decay and death. Physical exercise is as necessary for the comfort of the body as of the mind, it is essential for a rational development, for the preservation of health, and for its restoration when lost. Every one should devote some part of the day, if only a few minutes, to systematic bodily exercise; either in the form of gymnastics or games. But whatever form of exercise is chosen should provide a suitable amount of work for all the different parts of the organism. Peter Ling, Home Gymnastics, 1907
Some of the biggest critics of new lesson plans aligned with the national Common Core standards are the people charged with teaching them.
A growing number of teachers say the national standards, adopted by some 45 states, have combined with pressure to “teach to the test” to take all individuality out of their craft. Some teachers told FoxNews.com the new education approach is turning their lessons into little more than data-dispensing sessions, and they fear their jobs are being marginalized.
“Now teachers aren’t as unique,” said Michael Warren, a public school history teacher in New Jersey. “It means anyone can do it. It’s like taking something done by humans and having it done by a machine.” More Details
This article proves that we are attempting to bring young people down to a common standard of “leaving no child behind,” not expecting great results and teaching to high expectations. This will further dumb down our young people. (See past article)
We must teach our young people to think philosophically in whole complex thoughts.
Erwan Le Corre of MovNat posted this quote on twitter this morning.
“To modern men, the next frontier has become the recovery of their health, the retrieve of their freedom, and the reclamation of their soul.”
The McCarthy Project can not agree more. We must, as a people, slow down and look past the positive thinking, fast-paced, scientific world to find out who we really are, not just to rip off all the positive thinking words and thoughts. Way down deep at a soul level, we must reclaim our soul and then we can have true success.
Tragedy and Hope’s Richard Grove Interviews Charlotte Iserbyt on CommonCore Standards and Proper Development of the Mind
The following is an interview completed by Richard Grove from Tragedy and Hope with Charlotte Iserbyt, former Senior Policy Advisor for the U.S. Department of Education . They cover the history of compulsory schooling, challenges facing a society raised under its influence, and ways we can undo the damage to our cognitive development.
John Taylor Gatto Elite Boarding School Model for Cognitive Development
Excellence in Thought (Creative Imagination and Freedom of The Individual)
1. Complete understanding of God and the arrival at a personal code of standards (in production, behavior, and morality.)
2. Working theory of human nature by studying history, philosophy, theology, literature, and law
3. Skill in active literacy’s, speaking and writing
4. Responsibility as an utterly essential part of the curriculum; always to grab responsibility when it is offered and always to deliver more than asked for.
5. To have familiarity with and to be at ease with, the fine arts (cultural capital)
6. The power of accurate observation and recording. For example sharpen the perception by being able to draw accurately.
7. A complete theory of access to any place and any person
8. Insight into major institutional forms (courts, corporations, military, education)
9. Repeated exercises in the forms of good manners and politeness; based on the truth that politeness and civility are the foundation of all future relationships, all future alliances and access to places that you may want to go
10. Independent work
11. Energetic physical sports are not a luxury; they are absolutely the only way to confer grace on the human presence, and that that grace translates into power and money later on. Also, sports teach you practice handling pain, and in dealing with emergencies.
12. The ability to deal with challenges of all sorts.
13. A habit of caution in reasoning to conclusions.
14. The constant development and testing of prior judgments: you make judgments, you discriminate value, and then you follow-up and “keep your eye” on your predictions to see how far skewed, or how consistent your predictions were.
On top of the aforementioned principles, The McCarthy Project has been influenced by the following philosophers:
1. Jean-Jacque Rousseau, 18th century philosopher and educator known for his work Emile. His political philosophy influenced the French Revolution as well as the overall development of modern political, sociological, and educational thought.
2. Johann Christoph Friedrich Guts Muths, 19th century educator, the father of physical education. A teacher and educator in Germany, and is especially known for his role in the development of physical education.
3. Pehr Henrik Ling, 19th century educator and coach, the father of medical based training and massage therapy. A Swedish physical therapist, developer and teacher of medical-gymnastics.
4. Erwan Lecorre, 21st century educator and developer of the training curriculum called MovNat or Moving naturally.
5. Rex Russell, 21st century medical doctor who focused on prevention of disease and creating elite performance with nutrition and wellness.
What Does it Take to Be Great In Life and Learning?
“The great, and men of learning by profession, have hirtherto been too frequently brought up to have minds stuffed with knowledge in frail bodies, to be helpless creatures in human form. Massy pallaces have been erected on sandy foundations; and in a few years the edifice has tumbled down, or become incapable of the service expected from it. Had not intellectual labor been placed to their account, which nature, the bible, and sound sense inculcate; had they been corporally, as well as mentally, improved; men of great learning would have been more healthy and vigorous, of more general talents, of ample practical knowledge, more happy in their domestic lives, more enterprizing, and more attached to their duties as men.”
Johann Christoph Friedrich Guts Muths, Gymnastics of Youth, 1803, pg. 55.
“our whole political constitution opposes this, by confining us, even in the years when we are more gay than nature herself, to the mechanic’s work-bench, or the students desk. This, however, should excite us to more to employ the early childhood, and the hours of youthful liberty, in improving the corporal faculties, and steeling both the bodies and minds of youth.”
Johann Christoph Friedrich Guts Muths, Gymnastics of Youth, 1803, pg. 59.
What is the true and proper outlook towards weakness leaving the body?
Nature therefore forms all creatures with the same power, and after the same standard, in the present day, as in ages past; and we must not ascribe our physical degeneracy in the least to any alteration in her laws, and her energy, but to contingent causes: that is to a defective development of the germe, through the fault of our parents, and of circumstances; to deteriorating education; to a debilitating way of life; and sometimes to disadvantages of climates.
Thus all the weakness of the present refined race of men is only individual weakness: and even that we may term hereditary, when the weaknesses and defects of parents are entailed upon their children, is nothing but the continued operation of the accidental impression.
Consequently, in proportion as these contingent causes, and their operation, are removed, nature will proceed to fashion men after her original rule.
-Johann Christoph Friedrich Guts Muths, Gymnastics for Youth, 1803, pg. 26-27.
Over the last couple months, I have completed a informal survey of about 200 high schools students. I asked them one question:
Are you challenged in school or the majority of the time are you bored? Almost 80-90% of them say that they are bored.
John Taylor Gatto, a New York City school teacher for over 30 years and twice named New York City Teacher of the Year, had this to say about his time within the compulsory school system. “I taught for thirty years in some of the worst schools in Manhattan, and in some of the best, and during that time I became an expert in boredom.”
So school reform is good, right?
Yes, but not with more rules on standardized test results. We must get back to challenging our young people to think in complete, whole thoughts, not be concerned about meeting some minimum standard of education. In other words, Common Core will force the teachers to lower the standard of teaching even further to the match the lowest common denominator in order to make sure no one is left behind. (Compounding the failed George Bush attempt at school reform)
Young people must research and educate themselves to see the possibilities in life and to accept the responsibility of success and failure, right and wrong, as well as, the understand the difference between reality and illusion.
If they don’t, we will continue to see more young people playing video games or watching television while sitting on the couch unable to think without their phone.
Here are a couple additional posts around the internet on the Common Core Standards:
Pastor Nate Ruch of Emmanuel Christian Center joined Stephen McCarthy of The McCarthy Project to discuss sports, on and off the field of battle, and debunking the myths surrounding elite performance in Christ.
Some of the subjects covered:
1. Tim Tebow and his role as a Christian in today’s NFL.
2. On the field, do you compete or do you just serve other people?
3. Off the field, what is the proper role of sex in relationships?
4. Should Christians take sponsorship money from organizations that do not stand for biblical principles?
5. What is a double-standard and the proper viewpoint of pro athletes who may act differently than Christians think they should.
The complete interview will air November 13th at 9:00am cst.
A loving husband of wife Jodi and proud father of four, Pastor Nate Ruch gives voice and direction to the ministry of Emmanuel. As lead pastor, he sets the tone for the Emmanuel family and helps guide the church through the seasons of life. He also preaches on Sundays and facilitates a Wednesday night prayer service.
A native of Michigan, Nate relocated to the Twin Cities to study at North Central University. There, he met Jodi and graduated with a license to pastor. Nate also holds a MA from Bethel University.
Nate’s resume highlights over twenty years of faithful public service. As a former Emmanuel youth pastor, he led one of the largest youth groups in the state of Minnesota. Nate also mentored dozens of leaders, who have since gone on to their own ministry ventures.
Following his pastorate, Nate served as a professor and later a VP-level administrator at North Central. In 2013, Nate accepted Emmanuel’s offer to become the third senior pastor in the fifty-plus-year history of the church.
Nate’s passions include family, travel, leadership development, coaching his sons’ youth sports teams, Starbucks coffee, and the University of Michigan Wolverines’ football program.
Forensic Historian and Filmmaker Richard Grove on Breaking The Chains of Institutionalized Thought to Create a Better Athlete
Richard Grove of TragedyandHope.com will be joining Stephen McCarthy of The McCarthy Project to discuss to ways to break institutionalized thoughts and replace them with self-reliant, self-confident, clear thoughts from your own creative imagination.
On the show, Richard and Stephen will be discussing creative thought with the purpose of addressing the following areas:
1. Why do we need to change our institutionalized thoughts?
2. How do we change our current thoughts?
3. What should you expect while changing how you think?
4. What are the potential results if you put in the time and effort?
In 2003, Richard Grove filed for federal whistleblower protection under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.In 2006, he released on mp3 a 2-hour public disclosure “Project Constellation: A Message to the Future of America”.
What may have sounded like conspiracy “theories” in 2006 (Data-Mining and Spying on Citizens, The Planning of Financial Catastrophes, NSA/Google, and Corporate Media partaking in the demolition of our civil liberties), proves today to be relevant and verifiable historical facts related by Richard during his public disclosure via Project Constellation, and evident in his continued productions ever since.
Since then, Richard has created more than 500 hours of educational and informative media productions, including a comprehensive conscious curriculum to teach individuals methods for learning anything and everything for themselves (a.k.a. “The Peace Revolution Podcast”).
Some of his more powerful publications include: State of Mind: The Psychology of Control (2013 co-production), History… So It Doesn’t Repeat (2013 series), The Ultimate History Lesson with John Taylor Gatto (2012), The Peace Revolution Podcast (2009-Present), What You’ve Been Missing: Exposing the Noble Lie (2010), 20/20 Hindsight CENSORSHIP on the Frontline (2010), and Project Constellation (2006).
In 2013, ten years after blowing the whistle, Richard was nominated by author G. Edward Griffin to be listed in the Freedom Force International Hall of Honor.
For additional research, listen to the following podcasts or interviews:
1. Peace Revolution Podcast: Hundreds of hours of additional research around cognitive liberty and peace through clear, ordered thoughts.
2. Lindsey Berg: Lindsey broke down how you can apply these concepts to become a professional athlete and Olympian.
3. Jon Rappoport: Rappoport developed ways to use your creative imagination with straight thoughts and how to apply it in real life.
There tends to be a fair amount of confusion surrounding the efficient functioning of the mind. For this reason I have created to tune into your mental dashboard.
This DashBoard keeps optimal mental functioning front and center allowing the athlete to utilize their brain as a weapon as opposed to a weight.
Here are our critical concepts to tap into power of the mind:
1. INTENTIONALITY VS PASSIVITY:
Engaging your mind to be purposeful begins to charge the mind with the initial
2. PRODUCTIVITY VS EFFORT: achievement is about being able to be productive. Effort is meant to serve the productivity. Sometimes we over value work and under value being productive.
3. DESCRIPTION VS JUDGEMENT: When we take the time to reflect on our performance it is more helpful to think about describing our performance then judging it. We are the worse evaluators of our own performance.
Keeping these concepts on our dashboard will help us be our best as well as continue to reach for heights beyond our current experience.
“Art, which is to say, imagination, is the path to enlightenment, an infinite voyage in which there is no final state. Contrary to every system, illumination is not received passively. It is literally created by each person. Like it or not, we are all artists?Art radiates its currents into future time, and a major crossroad of that future is here. Reality, as we know it and accept it, is breaking apart like icebergs in the waves. The minor stage play called civilization-as-we-know-it is surviving only because it continues to turn out replicas and cartoons of itself.”
“People are educated to believe that it takes special, inborn talent to imagine and create. That is one incredibly destructive teaching. It stunts natural development to the point where passivity becomes the order of the day—and of a life.”
Stephen McCarthy of The McCarthy Project will be breaking down the time-space continuum and your ability to create new art with Jon Rappoport. He will be joining us to develop his thoughts around the concept of individualism, creativity, and the ability to create art, no matter what your are doing.
The author of an explosive collection, THE MATRIX REVEALED, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. A painter, Jon’s work has been in shown in galleries in Los Angeles and New York. His poetry has been published by The Massachusetts Review. He is a graduate of Amherst College (BA, Philosophy), and lives with his wife, Dr. Laura Thompson, in San Diego.
Erwan Le Corre of MovNat on Moving Naturally in The World
Stephen McCarthy of The McCarthy Project will cover the weekly news and Erwan Le Corre of MovNat will join us to discuss the world of physical education and fitness. The concept of mastery of self and your surroundings will create the foundation of the show and provide a platform for a great discussion on the world of human development.
Erwan started MovNat to open the world thought on the freedom that can be created through human movement. And to provide a unique approach to the development of efficient movement. He has traveled the world researching and developing his philosophy of physical, mental and spiritual development.
Subjects to be covered:
1. The MovNat and Erwan Le Corre story and philosophy of human movement.
2. The fallacy of bodybuilding or bicep training as the only way to true fitness
3. The art of human movement as it relates to the brain or central nervous system
4. The discussion of the true power in life: an accurate knowledge of self and your surroundings.
5. The definition of recovery training and some basic concepts on implementing recovery into your life.
6. Repetitive stress injuries and their prevention by training for human movement, rather than specialization in sport.
For more information on MovNat and Erwan Le Corre, visit his website.
National Championship Basketball Coach Dr. John Tauer on “The ESPN Effect, Individualism and Creativity
Dr. John Tauer, Associate Professor of Psychology and basketball coach for the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN, joined host Stephen McCarthy of The McCarthy Project to discuss the role of technology (The ESPN Effect) on future generations of athletes.
In 2009, Dr. Tauer published a study “The ESPN Effect: How Slam Dunks Affect Individualism, Competitiveness, and Optimism” in the International Journal of Sport Communication. He shared his viewpoints on the culture of sport and how technology changes athletes outlook of themselves and their abilities based on what they see on tv or highlight videos. He also talked about the ability of athletes to think creatively based on what they see in these videos.
John has implemented his findings into his basketball team. It is hard to argue with his results to this point. 1 NCAA D-III National Championship, 7 consecutive MIAC Conference Championships, and the 2012-2013 team was ranked #1 in the nation with a record of 30-2.
Lastly, Dr. Tauer developed his ideas on winning and losing, raw talent vs. talent with skills. He put out his thoughts on how coaches and athletes should view their game, how they can get better and ultimately, master life and sport.
Athletes Perform Better Under Pressure When They Make a Fist With Their Left Hand
From the Journal of Experimental Psychology, a simple way to activate the part of your brain that lets you stop worrying and just be the ball.
PROBLEM: Thirty percent of penalty kicks in professional soccer are missed, as are 20-30 percent of NBA free throws, despite practice scenarios in which those numbers are notably lower. Studies have suggested that the reason is primarily psychological — they fail not from lack of focus, but “because attention is directed toward the execution of the action” — since most perform better at these rote but accuracy-dependent aspects of the game (which they’ve nearly perfected from a mechanical aspect with thousands of hours of practice) in low-pressure situations. So, like so many of us, they’re always looking for ways to get out of their heads.
According to the researchers, freaking out is primarily associated with the left hemisphere of the brain, while the right hemisphere deals more with mechanical actions. Meanwhile the cortex of the right hemisphere controls movements of the left side of the body, and the left hemisphere controls the right side of the body. So they figured that if you can purposely activate the right hemisphere — in this case, by making a fist or squeezing a ball with your left hand — it will improve physical performance and draw focus away from the ruminating left hemisphere.
2. Bret Hedican, 17 year NHL veteran, will be sharing his thoughts on how to develop your mind to “live in the moment” and master your sport.
3. Quincy Caldwell, NBA trainer and former pro basketball player, will be talking about the attitude and perspective needed to compete at the highest level.
4. Keith Lockwood, former collegiate football player and high school coach at White Bear Lake High School in White Bear Lake, MN, on the role of creativity and imagination in the game of sport.
One of the lost arts in life has become mastery of life. We are a very distracted bunch who only listen to random bites of information at almost every opportunity, rather than think strategically and in wholes for a longer duration of time.
I dare you to try this project:
Read a book, research the author’s life and their viewpoints, the influences these viewpoints had on their life and work, develop out the message of the book and write a one page report on your findings.
Why would this be a big deal? You would be reading to understand the whole, rather than being entertained and compartmentalized.
The first time I did this project I was amazed about how little I knew about the world of creativity, the motives of author, and how the viewpoint was bias. I just assumed what they had told me in the book was true.
“From a child I was fond of reading, and all the little money that came into my hands was ever laid out in books. Pleased with Pilgrim’s Progress my first collection was of John Bunyan’s works in separate little volumes. I afterwards sold them to enable me to buy R. Burton’s Historical Collections; they were small chapman’s books, and cheap, 40 to 50 in all. My father’s little library consisted chiefly of books in polemic divinity, most of which I read….Plutarch’s Lives there was in which I read abundantly, and I still think that time spent to great advantage. There was also a book of Defoe’s, called an Essay on Projects, and another of Dr. Mather’s, called Essays to Do Good, which perhaps gave me a turn of thinking that had an influence on some of the principal future events in my life.”
What man, woman or child has read any of these pieces of literature (or current works) and understood the concepts therein?
None of us. We must learn to think at a higher level. To diligently apply ourselves to think at a deeper level than entertainment value. Here are areas to research and develop your cognitive ability in order to become a master in life and sport:
In John Taylor Gatto’s Underground History of American Education, he writes, “At the top, one-half of 1 percent of the students,where, as future policy makers, they learned to think strategically, contextually, in wholes; they learned complex processes, and useful knowledge, studied history, wrote copiously, argued often, read deeply, and mastered tasks of command.”
The simple solution is to elevate your thoughts from controlled do’s and don’ts to free, individualistic, and creative. Then spend time looking at other opinions and comparing them to your own. Develop out your viewpoint of right and wrong in life. Stand up for yourself, see the complete picture and get to work studying. This is entry point of the process of mastering life and sport.
There are many inspiring stories that highlight the power of a “team”. One such movie is “Miracle”, a movie that tells the epic story of the 1980 Olympic Hockey teams unprecedented journey to the gold medal. There are many riveting moments in the movie however, one stands out for me; The team had been selected and many of the players seemed to be a bit to comfortable with the fact they had simply made the team. This sense of comfort lead to a nonchalant attitude and a complete lack of focus. In a heated moment Herb Brooks confronts one player amongst the team and said; “The name on the front of your jersey is a lot more important then the one on the back!.
There is a timeliness to this comment today in 2013.
Do we really believe this? Do our actions energy, and attitudes support the idea that the team is of greater importance then any one persons success? For the sake of this writing I would have to say “NO” we do not believe this. Before, I go further I need to clarify that I do believe that people need to have individual fulfillment. The team should allow for the success of each person. However, I believe that we are producing groups of individuals that play by and for themselves surrounded by others, rather then a team that plays together allowing for individuals to shine in specific roles that support the goals of the TEAM. skill set. Because the team counts on them to excel in this role it tends to raise the effectiveness of others in different roles. Our teams are underachieving because;
By Stephen McCarthy, Director of The McCarthy Project
I see this all the time in the health and fitness world. The hype in magazines and the media. Take a look at the cover of Muscle and Fitness of Rich Froning, 3 time CrossFit Champion. Now take a look at the photo from Outside magazine. Which one is true and which one is false? Is it just propaganda to sell their goodies? Are people lying to us on what they do for elite performance? Or is the truth training that comes from time proven health and fitness development not needed? Just do the “random hard core workout” and eat whatever you want and you will be a champion.
I will let you decide the answers to these questions.. Here are some facts and observations for you to contemplate.
1. Muscle and Fitness magazine cover of Rich Froning. Look closely at his torso and notice the perfect taper from the upper part of his chest and back to his hips.
2. See the photo from Outside magazine of Rich Froning. Notice the taper is not there. The dude is 5 foot 9 200lbs as mentioned on the Outside website.
Which one is the real Rich Froning?
Now lets move over to the information in the Outside website article on his tips for elite performance. While I would venture to say that all the things that he passes along as “tips in training” are not bad, some of them are absolute hype. Eating a whole apple pie and do not pay attention to your nutrition. Workout 2-5 times a day and never take a day off.
On the other side of the fence, we have a PHD from Ball State who has proven that overtraining can occur in only 3 weeks.
What do you think? Who is telling the truth?
If this is all true, good luck.. You may be an outlier that can handle the same training and nutrition as Rich. You may be the next CrossFit champion if you follow his philosophy. But my guess is that you will probably burn out.
Why do we believe this stuff? The majority of it is propaganda to sell a public that is addicted to the half-truths and pictures of athletes who would like to look like Rich Froning. Here is a article that will make you mad, but it is the truth on why we continue to fall for these ideas.
You do not have to fall for lies and propaganda spewed into our lives. Simply train and develop your mind properly. You will arrive at your goal in due time.
Wanting to Lose Weight, Training Hard, No Results: Look into Your Thyroid Health
By Stephen McCarthy
Have you been working out and not seeing any results in the way of losing weight? Maybe you just feel lethargic and don’t know why?
One potential cause would be the affect of or type of food and water you are putting into your body. They might be causing your thyroid not to function at peak levels.
If you take the time to research the idea that what you are putting into your body has an affect at a very deep cellular level. Also look into how your body is responding to your training. You may find out that the solution to your situation would be as simple as changing the water you drink, eliminating some of the foods you are eating on a consistent basis and supplementing your diet with select vitamins and minerals.
Here are a couple links to articles to jump start your research. The articles mentioned are intended to be a starting point, not the solution. As you research, you will see that lack of weight loss, low energy, hair loss, etc. are created when you thyroid is not working properly.
Remember, the changes you are making are at a cellular level and will not be seen the next day. Stick with it, say 2-3 weeks, then assess if the idea was successful. If not successful, move on the next idea and repeat until you have solved the situation.
For more information, contact Stephen McCarthy at 612-741-0982.
Lindsey Berg of USA Volleyball Discusses Team Building
Leadership and team building are two of the most discussed topics in today’s business world. Lindsey Berg, Olympic medalist and entrepreneur, joined host Stephen McCarthy to develop out her ideas around developing a successful team or company.
Lindsey has been known as a leader through out her career in volleyball. She talked about how she applies the same concepts to business.
Lindsey talked about the balance between being a team player and maintaining your individuality. In the end, you do not have to choose, you can have both.
Secondly, they talked about the power of assumption in leaders and how wrong it is to use a tool of management. Earning the right to talk and lead and much, much more.
Ditch the training plan and eat a whole apple pie. What!! Athlete proposes a plan not based on logical thought. More of the same lies about elite performance.
You heard it hear first. You will have better relationships if you talk over the computer, not face to face. I would disagree completely, but Fox News says otherwise. Technology is not a friend to a high quality life.
Shaun Goodsell Discusses How to Win in the Game of Uncertainty
The one certainty about life is experiencing moments of uncertainty. With uncertainty often comes doubt, confusion, anxiety and for some debilitating levels of fear. The question is how do you thrive in these moments and utilize them for growth and stepping stones of greatness.
Last week, we discussed excitotoxins and the use of proper diet and recovery as the foundation of stimulating the brain and athletic development. This week, we move on to the subject of cns training and creating athletes that use strength and speed development means and methods to improve performance.
The main focus of any cns training program is to activate motor units, the basic functional entity of muscular activity, while performing your event.
There are a many methods to improve, but almost as many to hinder.
The Role of Central Nervous System in Life and Sport
Could you perform at a higher level both mentally and physically by eating processed foods? False. Could you have a greater result from your training by not touching cash register receipts? True.
Why do we care, when we are talking about the central nervous system and improving athletic performance?
Answer: If you don’t take care of the foundational parts of your central nervous system, it will not work with the efficiency that it was created. The house built on the wrong foundation will not stand. The work capacity you are looking to build and the time you put into improving at sport will be futile and useless because your body will break down eventually. There have been numerous prominent doctors talking about the affects of the food, air and water on the central nervous system, more specifically the brain, of young people and ultimately, their performance in life and sport.
Today we are taking a look at some general areas that force our central nervous system to not perform at maximum efficiency and clarity. If you would like to learn how to focus your thoughts without feeling like you are in a fog, stop getting headaches after you eat, have more energy when you workout or maximum restoration from my workouts. These are only of few of the things we will be covering on the show and are occurring at a cellular level in your entire body.
Here are the basic components of brain care that should be addressed. Dr. Russell Blaylock, known as the foremost authority on excitotoxins such as MSG and aspartame. Dr. Blaylock is the author of “Excitotoxins: The Taste that Kills.”
The quality of our food, water and the environment will cause long term negative result by not paying attention to these factors. For additional information from Dr. Blaylock, listen to the complete interview with Mike Adams of Natural News.
A third source for information would be the Paleo Diet for Athletes by Dr. Loren Cordain and Joel Friel. They cover complete details numerous other threats to your long term heath and performance.
During the second part of our show, we will address the subject of BPA or bisphenal A in the things we touch and use to in our life on a daily basis. Here is an post related to the use of BPA on cash register receipts at major retailers. BPA was thought to be only a problem for microwaving baby formula and causing problems with the young children. The central nervous system is adversely affected BPA. The endocrine system not producing the proper balance of testosterone, estrogen and growth hormone will cause your brain to be confused who you really are as a person, inhibiting your ability to think high quality thoughts. change how your body responds to workouts and at some levels, will change who you are as a person.
Testosterone and Estrogen levels in athletes based on BPA, excitotoxins like MSG and aspartame, and other environmental concerns are building blocks to receiving the benefits of your training.
Some common causes of Low T (low testosterone) include mineral deficiencies, and especially a lack of zinc; excess stress, which is often associated with raised cortisol production and lowered DHEA levels; too much exercise and weight training without enough rest; head or gonadal trauma; exposure to estrogens in the environment and from bad food; and accumulation of visceral, or belly, fat, and corresponding insulin resistance.” Natural News
“Dont have the phone smarter than you. So it they are looking at that as cultural contraband than that will let you know where we are at.” Rapper Chuck D. of Public Enemy
Limited technology is a foreign concept in today’s world. The television, the smart phone, computer and video games have taken over a large part of our time, especially with young people. We have all heard the stories and read the studies, that on average, we invest over 20 hours a week on television, now add 3 hours a day looking at our phone, watch a couple youtube videos, and read the sports on the Internet. What maybe, 50-60 hours a week! Add to this a scene from the movie, Children of Men. The scene where Theo is talking Nigel over lunch and Nigel’s son is sitting on the computer stuck in a coma-induced state taking drugs for depression. This it what could happen to athletes or is already happening right now.
So the concept of limiting technology takes on a whole new level within the context of Nigel’s son. It is not a false reality, it is reality that we need to look into decreasing the use of technology to improve performance.
So the concept of limiting technology takes on a whole new arena with the context of Nigel’s son. It is not a false reality, it is reality.
Here are a couple articles for further reading on the subject of decreased performance from technology. These are articles are simply the start of the information around the subject of decreased performance of the mind and body after long-term bouts with technology.
Shaun Goodsell of Mental Edge on How to Work with Unmotivated Athletes
The world is littered with unmotivated athletes and coaches are notorious for letting everyone know how unmotivated athletes take down their teams. Shaun Goodsell of the Mental Edge will change your perspective on these athletes.
You will begin to see that the coach is responsible for the majority of their athletes that fall into this category. While each age-group is slightly different, the athletes follow their coach. The coach has the power to create a atmosphere of communication. The type of communication is the variable in each equation.
Shaun and Stephen covered the subject of unmotivated athletes on Friday’s show. Here are a couple thoughts from the show.
1. Each player and coach are different, therefore do not feel that you always have to use the same style or type of communication as this really successful coach.
2. The playing field is not always equal for every player. Understand each player, their circumstances and then implement a plan.
3. At the youth level, it is the job of the coach to create the channels of communication with the parents, not the parents to the coach.
Additional areas and ideas covered include coaching youth athletes when Johnny only there because his parents signed him up to pro coaches and the challenges the pro’s bring to elite performance.