The Rise and Rapid Reduction of 'Rowdy' Ronda Rousey

Even though we enjoy watching the best athletes demonstrate their skills, we also like to see skillful, but super-confident athletes get beaten. Is it because we cannot identify with them?

Out of Sight, But Not Out of Mind

Ever wonder at a beautiful between the legs return in tennis, or an incredible behind the back pass in ice hockey? The sense of touch can help do that even when the athlete can't see where the racket or the stick is—they just know.

Why can't Batman beat the Joker?

Batman exists in a grim reality and a big part of that reality is the physical toll on the human playing the part of superhero. That toll is inflicted repeatedly by the bad guys he faces and none has been front and center for the repeated toll like the Joker. Why is the Joker so hard to beat?

Don't Look Directly At The Problem

Our species has some special features but people are animals too. In the motor system, we monitor and superimpose on top of many base-level responses our intentions and wishes. By extension, when we are dealing with an issue or a problem, perhaps the best course of action is to not try and directly force a solution and instead allow the best course of action to emerge.

When the Student Is Ready the Teacher Will Appear

With some work and awareness, we can be ready to appreciate and learn many things we might otherwise overlook.

Miyamoto Musashi and Vision In Martial Arts

Seeing is believing but can training help refine what we actually perceive?

10 Things I Didn't Know About Jackie Robinson

No matter how his life is viewed or evaluated, Jackie Robinson had and continues to have a beneficial and tangible impact on baseball, society, and beyond.

Is Declining Ability With Aging Inevitable?

There’s an inevitable decline in ability across the lifespan, or so we’ve been told. This idea that we have to deteriorate as we age has had widespread and pervasive traction in our society. But is it true?

The Most Important Thing I Learned Last Year

Sometimes you have to see something familiar from a different perspective to realize just how much you don’t know about it. That’s the kind of experience I had last year. An experience that revealed to me just how much I don’t know about what the world looks like through the eyes of girls and women.

Jean Béliveau: The Dignity and Grace of a True Master

I wore a hockey jersey to my University of Victoria office on Wednesday December 3, 2014. It was my treasured Jean Béliveau jersey. I wore it to honor the life of a great and dignified Canadian, ice hockey player, and statesman who was an inspiration to me personally.

High Performance Always—the Hockey Life of Gordie Howe

Gordie Howe’s truly amazing performance during his career is an inspirational landmark for the ability to produce at a high level across your entire life.

Does Brainstorming Constrain Creativity?

Effective brainstorming is initially a solo activity that requires reflection, contemplation and the comfort to take risks. It’s not really compatible with group activities and also completely incompatible with modern “crowd sourcing” ideas around intellectual pursuits. Insight isn’t a commodity.

Tool Time--Fishing Chimpanzees to Fictional Ninja Turtles

We humans clearly have an extensive and ever growing repertoire of tools to choose from, far more than other animals. The truth is that a lot of animals can and do use tools.

Wo(men), Superheroes, and Gender Equity

We’ve now seen the iconic character Thor re-envisioned as a woman. But when will the great and talented female comic book writers and artists take center stage shepherding iconic male characters like Spider-Man and Batman?

The Enduring Inspiration of Bruce Lee and Batman

Bruce Lee and Batman are both such timeless and enduring icons because they both serve as examples of achievement against the odds. These two icons also work well when considered together because the real life Bruce Lee stands as testament to those small parts of the Batman mythology that are grounded in reality.

Concussion at the Copacabana

The 2014 World Cup provided far too many examples of the ridiculous way that concussion and probable concussion are handled in sport and in our society.

Minimizing Concussion Isn’t Cool Anymore

It’s past time to move beyond stone-age minimization of concussion to the modern age understanding of the health implications.

The Ultimate Athlete Who Broke Baseball’s Bigotry Barrier

Jackie Robinson day is here again in Major League Baseball. He caused a paradigm shift in baseball and because of his efforts many athletes have had access to amazing careers.Unfortunately, although that paradigm was officially broken on April 15, 1947, aspects of that bigotry continue to linger to present day.

Keep Your Eye, or Maybe Your Head, on the Ball

It’s a common refrain in many sports, but do we actually keep our eyes on the ball and if so, how? It turns out, it’s all in our heads.

Should Grandma and Grandpa Dance to Rihanna?

There are many benefits of being active and these are amplified as we age. It’s always difficult to parse out how much of the benefits of activity are from “fitness” changes and how much from “motor learning”. The bottom line is keep calm and dance on.

Peyton Manning and the Power of Plasticity

Neuroplasticity can be influenced by our history of training and our current efforts. An active lifestyle is a kind of “neurological insurance policy” we pay into every time we learn or practice an activity. If we have an injury and have to cash in that policy, we've already given ourselves the opportunity to have the best recovery possible.

Exercise Is Evil (Part 2): What To Do If You Live In A Zoo

Exercise can’t be something extra in your life. Instead periods of exercise need to be simply the most active parts of an active life. The way to do this is learning to be inefficient.

Exercise is Evil

It’s time to get the concept that you need to exercise out of your life. What you need to do instead is embrace your animal nature and include activity in your life at all times. Living in a zoo like we humans now do means we have to change our approach to being active.

Left Brain, Right Brain, Whole Brain

While the overall anatomical and functional organization of our nervous system does have lateralization, emerging evidence suggests it’s not as cut and dried as we once imagined.

Less is More

When we learn to do something we often struggle against processes that need time to occur and cannot really be rushed.A purposeful approach to do less may be needed.

Batman says go for a walk

Walking is a fundamental activity that benefits all aspects of your brain and body. It also helps you deal more effectively with stress.

Nothing's Gonna Change My World

Once something reaches the level of a habit, it’s hard to change. So make efforts to establish some good rituals and habits that help define you.

Getting Physical Reduces Stress & Anxiety

Going for a run helps reduce the susceptibility of our brains to anxiety and stress. A brain in motion is a happy brain.

When Life Hands You Lemons

Lots of things happen in life. It's how we respond to them that's important.

Who—or What—Is Iron Man Really?

Iron Man as an invention represents the ultimate in human ingenuity and creative spirit and is a product of repeated failure.