Coach Obvious

Coach Obvious

 

I have been involved with many different sports my entire life.  I had the fortunate opportunity and health to play football, basketball, baseball and bowl throughout my life.  I have also coached most of these sports, been a spectator in the stands and a parent watching my child participate in multiple sports.  I always “chuckle” when I observe “Coach Obvious” in the stands.  “Coach Obvious” is the person who is yelling and coaching from the stands on the absolute obvious.  Baseball example:  Hitter comes up to bat and strikes out.  “Coach Obvious” yells out:  “hit the ball.”  Basketball example:  player gets fouled and goes to the free throw line and misses both shots.  “Coach Obvious” yells out: “make your free throws.”  Bowling example:  bowler leaves a 10 pin and attempts the conversion and misses the 10 pin.  “Coach Obvious” says:  “you have to make your 10 pins”.  You can fill in the example for many different sports and scenarios.  I like to refer to these people as “Coach Obvious.”

 

In the world of medicine we have two different mindsets when it comes to a Doctor.  We have both Conventional Doctors and Functional Doctors.  Unfortunately our health system in the United States has the Conventional system.  This is the Doctor who treats the symptom with a prescription and doesn’t find the cause.  Example:  patient who is overweight and is not very active finds out he has high blood.  His Doctor prescribes a pill that treats the high blood pressure.  Patient leaves and continues living the same lifestyle.  This is our model of health care that we have today in our country.  Treat the effect and forget about the cause.

 

A Functional Doctor looks at the effect and then figures out what is causing the symptom.  He then creates a solution for the symptom which “cures” the effect.  The same patient above comes into the Functional Doctor and after some tests finds out he has high blood pressure.  The Doctor runs other tests, investigates his life style and starts educating him on eating properly, becoming more active and eventually solves his medical issue.  No prescription and the blood pressure normalizes.  That’s effect - cause - cure.  

 

In bowling we have a similar situation.  We have two different types of coaches:  A conventional coach (Coach Obvious) and a functional coach.  The conventional coach is trying to fix the effect of the bowler whether it be a balance program, missing a target, release issue, etc.  The conventional coach is trying to address the effect with a prescription and not solving the cause of why the problem is happening.  “You’re hand is closed at the bottom of the swing. Keep your hand open to develop stronger ball motion.”  Is this the cause?  Probably not. This coach is only addressing the symptom of the release, not what is causing the closed hand at the bottom. I like to refer to this type of coach as “Coach Obvious.”  We have all seen these types of coaches in our sport.  

 

Functional bowling coaches search for the cause and then find remedies outside a magical “pill” to solve the issue.  These are the elite coaches who develop players and keep players growing.  The Functional coach looks at the bowler above with the closed hand at the bottom of the swing and notices that his pushaway direction is right at the swing start.  This type of pushaway creates lateral movement in the swing (tucks behind his back) and is forced to realign on the downswing which results in the bowlers hand closing too early.  The cause is the pushaway.  Once the pushaway is cleaned up and straight, the hand begins to align at the center of the ball and the release is optimized.  Effect - Cause - Cure….

 

What type of coach are you?  Functional coaching develops, grows and turns bowlers into peak performance players.

 

FYI - there are actually videos about the Coach Obvious mindset.  They are hilarious!  Take a look:  Coach Obvious:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TEWpjHn7xk8

 
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