The 10,000 hour rule?
The science may support it, but are you destroying your young athlete’s chances for a safe and functional life beyond sport?
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Great point Dave! In my experience, those who “believe” in the 10,000 hour rule don’t necessarily market, train or live like that.
Isn’t it funny how many trainers who talk about the 10,000 hour rule sell 4 week programs to improve speed, get strong or achieve some specific artificial target.
A better question than “do you believe in the 10,000 hour rule?” is “How many high quality, targeted hours does it take for youth athletes to master an aspect of the athletic skill set?”
Does age effect the time curve?
Previous exposure to training, good or bad?
How about fatigue?
How about injury?
Maybe that’s why IYCA is making so much headway…we do more problem solving then marketing!
Keep up the good work, Coach Dave!
I don’t think the 10,000 hour rule applies to each specific piece of the puzzle with regard to activities – meaning 10,000 hours to condition for your sport, 10,000 hours to master skill work, 10,000 hours to master strategy, etc.
This discussion of 10,000 hours to mastery refers to skill acquisition, which may/would include all mentioned above. And, I might add, that I believe the 10,000 hour rule is more a general guideline as it is not just the hours but the type of focus and concentration brought to the training table in those hours that make the difference. Discussions regarding this are in the book “Bounce” and “The Talent Code.”
I go into this focused type training more deeply in my forthcoming book “Becoming a True Champion” out this May (Rowman & Littlefield, 2012). Those are my thoughts anyway.