Man Wakes Up Speaking Chinese Reveals How Athletes Learn Fast
Let me tell you a quick story…
Australian Ben McMahon got into a bad car accident back in 2015 which put him into a coma.
When he woke up, he could only speak Mandarin Chinese.
The only person in the hospital who could understand him (which included his family) was a Chinese nurse.
Ben couldn’t speak Chinese before the accident. He learned the basics in high school years earlier. But nothing else.
One event literally made him speak another language.
I have no idea what caused this to happen.
Add Your Heading Text HeBut I do know this fascinating fact…
Only about 5% of what happens in our brains becomes a conscious thought.
The other 95% remains deep in the subconscious mind.
Which is why, as basketball coaches and players, it’s crucial to acknowledge this fact to maximize performance.
Scientists still have no idea how the brain works and why it works in the way it does.
But they do know how the brain learns new skills.
And here’s one cutting-edge strategy I recently learned on a podcast
Before I share the strategy, let me explain why it’s important.
We use the term “muscle memory” all the time referring to how we can do something without thinking.
(Which is the cornerstone of players executing more they do in practice effortlessly and automatically on the court).
But here’s the thing…
Muscle doesn’t have memory.
Everything is done by your brain.
Your brain tells your muscles what to do.
The best way to master a new skill is to play the way the brain remembers it.
And here’s what cutting edge sports scientists recently discovered…
The brain subconsciously replays the sequence of movements an athlete did in a workout immediately after they finish it.
You have no idea it’s even going on.
But your brain is remembering and coding the correct way to do it.
This gets cemented into their brain during sleep.
When most young athletes finish a workout… They get out their phone or start doing something else.
Which is actually distracting their brain from replaying what they did in the workout.
The most efficient way to remember a workout appears to be:
Sitting quietly without thinking about anything for between one and ten minutes after a workout.
In other words…
Athletes learn new skills and moves faster and more efficiently by sitting silently after a workout for a few minutes.
I’m not a scientist, and I don’t have a PhD in neuroscience or athletic performance.
But I do take an interest since it directly relates to how a player performs.
So I can share it with you to try for yourself.
I can’t promise any of it will work for you.
Mostly because I haven’t tried it myself since it’s so cutting edge and new.
One thing I can promise you, though, is…
If you’re the coach who tries to use strategies like this in your workouts…
Or you’re the player who adapts a scientific approach to your training…
You’re going to have the edge over everyone else who doesn’t.
Think about it like this:
Two athletes who are the same age, level and ability.
One athlete uses breakthrough strategies to learn skills more quickly and efficiently. The other doesn’t.
If they both learn the same things and put in the same amount of time training…
The athlete who learns skills more efficiently is the one who is going to come out better.
If you’re interested in the podcast, here’s a link on YouTube:
It’s almost 2 hours, but it goes into a LOT of depth about how we learn new skills, which gives any coach or player an advantage.
Scroll down to the description and you’ll see timestamps of the topics so you can quickly find the part that interests you.
As a side note – I’d highly recommend Dr Andrew Huberman’s podcast for anyone who has an interest in the latest scientific breakthroughs and how to apply them in your life.
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