Predicting Performance, Predicting Potential
It’s all in the structure, or is it?
How Does a Team Decide?
Performance prediction is the cornerstone of sports medicine. It is essential in training and assessment of an athlete.
Imagine it’s down to the last two players to be chosen on the team. Who gets the multi-million dollar contract and who goes home? Both players are equal in stats and equal in attitude. Both have trained their entire lives for this moment.
Performance and talent development is an art. Desire, drive, luck, psychological, social and economic barriers play a role. Training and over-training at a younger age reduces the likelihood that the athlete will progress to an elite or professional status.
It is an old belief, according to RM Malina in Current Sports Medicine Report 2010. There is no current method for reliably predicting sports performance even a few years later in childhood, let alone in adulthood. In the USA, only between 0.2% and 0.5% of high school athletes will progress to professional levels. In Russia, only 0.14% of athletes training at the ultra-competitive sports schools make it to the elite level. In Germany 0.3% of those identified as talented at the youngest level in their sport became ranked in the top 10 internationally, while 1.7% of those attending elite sports schools won a medal in an international championship.
Predicting Performance is an ART
The reliability of predicting performance goes beyond the numbers. It goes deeper, taking a look at the structure, the fascia, and distortions. Knowing which distortions and instabilities are correctable, which are not, and how they can be corrected.
Along with athletes peaking at the right time, it is essential during competition for a win. A team that wins early in the season statistically will not end up in the finals unless they are a total powerhouse team with depth to spare, or they have trained for endurance. The season is long and injury is possible.
Strategy is essential as numbers can lie.
What to look for?
Experts can see lines of tension, distortions, fascial distortions and imbalances in the body, and these are the secrets for predicting injury. This information can help teams choose the right athlete that will make the biggest improvements, as they have not reached the ceiling of their abilities. The athlete who has no imbalances or fascial distortion who performs the same as the athlete who has those distortions will be the one that has reached their potential and there is not much more they can improve.
Distortions in the cranium, fascia, muscles, and spine can lead to rotations and torsions in the body. Seeing or knowing where these distortions are can easily predict the performance and potential of an athlete.
Who would you pick?
- The athlete who has trained hard, is in fantastic condition, had outstanding numbers during college, and is an all-star. This happens during the draft far too often, and the number 1 pick falls out of view as they have already reached maximum performance for their structure.
- The athlete who may have the same numbers but visually does not look as developed or as strong, with imbalances that can easily be corrected would be the better choice for long-term growth and potential.
Athlete 2 often is the right choice, but it is counter-intuitive for a team to pick this athlete. If athlete number 2 is already performing at an elite level with imbalances and fascial distortions, his performance will skyrocket when those are removed from his system, with the same training and same diet.
Athlete 1 has already peaked and his performance will plateau, his body is stable. There is little room for improvement and he may even be a candidate for over-training, leading to injury or stagnation.
Athlete 2 has room for improvement. Any fascial imbalances can be released. With a strong fascial foundation and no torsions, he will be more powerful long term.
This example shows a physical difference, but the athletes could have similar body types and one has distortions and imbalance, and the other does not. Again, picking the one that has more room to improve is the secret sauce to a winning team.
Predicting performance is an ART not a science.
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