Self-Organization 03:47

Self-Organization in regards to motor learning is the body's ability to adjust itself spontaneously to a given task. As the body adjusts, mistakes are often made, learning takes place, and we "figure out" how to accomplish a given movement effectively after thousands of repetitions. As a coach, it is our responsibility to allow our clients to make mistakes, but to make these mistakes in a safe environment. We intervene if the exercise becomes egregious, but may stay quiet to allow the user to self-organize while offering feedback during rest periods. This allows for ideal motor learning around a new motor task, often found with VIPR PRO®. The alternative is overcoaching, where the coach is excessively intervening in the client's experience, hindering the client's ability to learn the proper sequencing and rhythm and timing of a given motion. Allow the client to make small, safe mistakes in a controlled environment with less worry about having "perfect" form. This means beginning a ViPR PRO® exercise with
  • lighter loads
  • slower speeds
  • smaller range of motion
  • chunking complex movements into simpler components that can be controlled
before progressing to
  • heavier loads
  • faster speeds
  • greater ranges of motion
  • moving dynamically with ViPR PRO┬«
all while offering as minimal feedback as necessary to allow the client to self-organize. Relevant Research: Self Organization and Motor Learning Variability and Self-Organization Neuroscience of building complex movement skills