T-TOG™ is The Timing of the Game™
How Do we learn and execute our skills?
When we are learning and practicing a skill, we repeat that skill many hundreds of times. Our brain uses those repetitions to build a 'program' of muscle and sensory activations in the particular sequence that was used in that practice in that execution of the skill.
Every time we practice or execute our skill, our brain reinforces the existing program of muscle and sensory activations. So, the more we practice, the more solid is that skill 'program.'
When we need that skill, our brain executes that skill by following that programmed sequence of muscle and sensory activations that was 'learned' by all that practice.
The Brain's Executive Function Executes Our Skill Programs
There is a generic set of brain circuits which control the performance of all skills (The Executive Function). It relies on a series of more basic (deeper in the brain) circuits for the stepping precision from one activation to the next activation of that skill execution 'program' we have 'learned.'
These more basic brain circuits control the timing of each of the programmed steps in every skill. They are our basic timing circuits for executing every skill we have. If these basic timing brain circuits are sloppy, the execution of all skills becomes sloppy.
This is a significant point. These basic timing circuits are used to execute every skill we have. So, when someone's timing circuits are precise, all skill execution will be precise. When someone's timing circuits are sloppy, all skill execution will be sloppy.
Our Brain's Timing Circuits Control Our Skill Execution Precision
These basic timing circuits in our brain are susceptible to outside influences and can become sloppy for a variety of reasons, including injury, extreme emotions, and reaction to 'toxins.'
When Our Brain's Timing Circuits Are Sloppy, Skill Execution Will Be Sloppy
When these brain timing circuits are sloppy, the former precision of muscle activations and sensory activations will no longer be precise. In this case, the ball player, who needs to execute the skill of catching a ball, will not accurately judge the location, speed, and trajectory of the ball because their sensory activations are sloppy. Because of this, the ball player will be out of position to catch the ball. Also, in trying to catch the ball, the player will close his/her hands to grasp the ball too early or too late to successfully catch the ball.
When Someone's Timing Circuits Are Sloppy, Practicing Their Skills Can Be Harmful.
Practicing our skills when these brain timing circuits are sloppy, will not cause these timing circuits to return to precision. No amount of skill practice corrects sloppy timing circuits.
Every execution of every skill reinforces that skill's 'program' in the brain, sloppy execution will modify the 'program' itself to include the sloppy execution in the future. So, after correcting and fine-tuning those faulty timing circuits, the athlete will have to practice those important skills to 're-learn' the skill to eliminate the sloppiness that had become embedded in the skill 'program.'
The Pitfalls Of Practicing Our Skills When Our Timing Circuits Are Sloppy
Practicing our skills when these brain timing circuits are sloppy, will start to modify our skill programs to include sloppy steps. This brings on the need to correct the sloppy brain timing circuits, but also to re-learn the skill program.
Timing Training Is A Specialized Profession
Returning to timing precision requires specific interventions and your skill coaches and strength and conditioning coaches have probably not yet learned how to return that precision for you.