NAFPEC: Fun and Function
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national applied functional
physical education conference
october 24, 2009
change your body, change the world
an integrative, multi-disciplinary
approach to health and performance
the ancestral environment
okavango delta, botswana, southern africa
sedentary living, fake food (efls), noise, temporal
poverty, sleep deprivation, tribal ambiguity, asc
what is functional training?
• multi-joint, multi-plane
• emphasis on movement, not appearance
• emphasis on locomotion
• emphasis on the nervous system
• emphasis on real-world challenges
• relevant to the individual’s life!
Vern Gambetta: “Work movements, not muscles.”
functional movement skills?
functional movement skills
function v. structure
yin and yang of animal movement
isolation v. integration
whips and chains
athletics, dance and martial art
“Lift the weight with your whole body.”
“Hit the ball with your whole body.”
“Coordination is the quality which enables the
individual to integrate all the powers and capabilities of
his whole organism into an eﬀective doing of an act.”
“Is your workout wasting
by Paul Scott
illustration by Matt
“it’s all one muscle.”
a skinny waist?
core body control
spine as the
on your feet!
in the position of function!
specific to real-world challenges!
a world of free weights
balance and proprioception
from Latin proprius, meaning "one's own"
the “sixth sense” or the “secret sense”
390 feet per second
a better biped
6 million years of barefooting
25 years on marshmallows
Air Jordan 1
earliest bipedalism: AMHS
6 mya lucy
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By CHRISTOPHER McDOUGALL
Last updated at 8:01 PM on 19th April 2009
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"pleasure is power."
Kay Redfield Jamison
how old is play?
• all mammals play
• all primates play
play is a human universal
(also language, music,
dance and aesthetics)
Play is vital to learning
It is also vital for social,
Donald Brown 1991
play deprivation has consequences
photos courtesy Stuart Brown MD, National Institute for Play
the power of play
Play contributes to increased resilience,
creativity, curiosity, learning and adaptation.
Play helps us transcend false endpoints.
(ideas and methods believed to be complete)
see Dick Fosbury
BDNF and neurogenesis
“Play exists, in signiﬁcant measure, to promote
plasticity and to teach an animal to take
advantage of opportunity.”
Kay Redﬁeld Jamison
long term athletic development
10 years or
make it sustainable!
creating a culture
the martial art model
focus on learning
more discipline = more fun
everyone’s a coach
(but only one sensei)
frequent role reversals
then create a
or, assume a
toys, tools, technology
• look for appropriate technology
• simple toys and tools
• any ﬂoor, indoors or out
invest in people and training!
low-tech, high touch
in search of the perfect pump:
intro to partner resistance
a cooperative contest
Choose a functional movement.
Find the opposing movement.
Keep adjusting as desired for the
“slow the other guy down”
athlete or coach?
don’t worry about it!
high speed high speed
low resistance high resistance
low speed low speed
low resistance high resistance