I don't know about you but I've sent a few hilariously embarrassing texts courtesy of autocorrect and predictive text. They often contained bad words I can't write here.
It turns out the smartness of smartphones can't save you if you're not paying attention!
We work a bit like autocorrect when it comes how we move.
We decide what message we want to communicate, which in this case is the intention of our movement eg. I want to get from where I am to that place over there.
We then create our message; our movement.
But in its creation sometimes our movement transforms due to our own autocorrects which are glitches in our neuromotor programmes.
The thing is these transformations are harder to notice than on a text message. Our movements come and go with no tangible record usually. Texts are often there to stay so we can see where we made a funny.
Also, with texts the person on the other end of the conversation will give us clear feedback that we not said what we meant to say in the form of laughing their ass off at us.
When we move, it's not quite the same. Environmental feedback is purely sensory and won't tell us in linguistic terms that we got anything wrong. Often, even with autocorrections we still achieve our intended outcome (eg. move from here to there) but not in the way we intended; instead in some distorted way. It's often easier to ignore this sort of feedback than do something about it, especially having achieved what we wanted. But over time, ignoring this feedback grows to the point where we don't realise we're ignoring it anymore.
We become texters without a view of what we're typing or the replies we're receiving, movement wise.
Is it any wonder many of us feel we have much higher levels of sports performance in our tanks or that so many of us pick up self-inflicted sports injury after injury?
We're more sophisticated technology than the smartest phone and like I said, we only end up being as smart as the attention we pay.
Float Sting – Sports Injury Rehab and Performance, Harley Street, London W1