Adaptability

 What is Adaptability

The TAP's Adaptability scale measures one’s level of openness to try new things.  More specifically, Adaptability measures how much a person is comfortable adapting to new ideas, discovering/exploring different concepts and developing new skills.  The ability to transfer knowlege and skill to a similar but different situation is also part of Adaptability.

 Why is it important?

It is important that athletes can apply the knowledge and experience they gained at practice in preparation for competition and transfer this knowledge and skills to situations during competition that are not exactly like what was experienced in practice. This is what adaptability is about in athletics. It is important that athletes are able to make half time adjustments and modify approaches during the heat of competition. Adaptability is important to Mental Execution.

 A higher score means...

Those with higher levels of Adaptability love to explore new topics and are often very comfortable not knowing something and jumping in to try it. They will be able to apply the knowledge and experience they gained at practice in preparation for competition and transfer this knowledge and skills to situations during competition that are not exactly like what was experienced in practice.

 

 Higher scoring athletes think and act...

● Open to trying new approaches or techniques, e.g., a new way of passing the ball

● Can apply concepts to practical problems

● Able to make halftime adjustments and change strategy, playing style, techniques as needed

● Can connect the dots;  Able to transfer know-how and skills to different, unique situations, e.g., can apply a “give and go”  technique learned in basketball to other sports

● Usually has an easier time playing a new role or position

● Can juggle several mental “balls” at the same time, e.g., calling the plays, executing them, keeping track of remaining timeouts, etc.

 

 A lower score means...

Those with modest levels of Adaptability prefer to focus in on what they know well already including refining existing skills and conducting lots of practice repetitions. They are also likely to prefer situations where they are already comfortable and know the situation and possible outcomes.  They are less able to take what they learned in practice and apply it to other similar but different situations encountered in competition.  If learning something new, it is best if the coach can relate it to something they already know, are familiar with.

 
 

 Lower scoring athletes think and act...

● Does much better when the competition situation mirrors a situation they have previously practiced. 

● Tends to use the same approach and technique over and over again, e.g., will try the same “move” to go around a defender every time.

● Prefers to learn by rote and repetition

● Wants to do things their own way

● Processes best when things are tangible, concrete details, not fancy theory:  “Tell me what time it is, not how the watch is made.”

● Need to tie learning a new skill/technique to something they already know, are familiar with.

● Execution is best when they have only one thing to process, think about.

 

How to improve Adaptability

 Videos

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Try Something New for 30 Days 3 mins | by Matt Cutts

Scared to Try New Things 4 mins | by Immanuel Jones

The Strength of Adaptability: Achieving the Impossible 17 mins | TED Talk by Laura Penhaul

Adaptability Creates Opportunities 11 mins | TED Talk by Jasper Reid

3 Ways to Measures Your Adaptability - and How to Improve It 7 mins | TED Talk by Natalie Fratto (business context that applies to sports)

 

 Articles

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What is Flow? 7 pages | by The Positive Psychlopedia

How to Cultivate Flow 5 pages | by The Positive Psychlopedia

The Role of Psychological Flexibility in Building Performance and Wellbeing 2 pages | by Working with ACT

 

 Podcasts

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Adaptability is the Law That Governs Survival In War and In Life 125 minutes | by Jocko (former US Navy SEAL) podcast

3 Ways to Measure Your Adaptability and How to Improve It 7 minutes | by TED speaker Natalie Fratto

 

 Drills

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