Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Confirmation Bias?

The following article has been making it's rounds:

Falcons Have Had a Winning Strategy for Fitness

Is this a matter of confirmation bias? A few years ago, FMS was 'tagging' itself to the Indianapolis Colts, and now that the Colts have been the most injured team in recent years, along with a suffering record, the marketing has disappeared.

My question is, how come there has been no discussion as to what's going wrong with the Colts' injury issues? If experts can easliy pronounce why a certain team has few injuries related to their system, then they must just as easily be able to explain when the system doesn't work for other teams. Is the 'looking the other way' just to not hurt marketing? Or other factors?

"Its developer is the physical therapist Gray Cook, who has offered demonstrations at the N.F.L. Combine and estimates that 8 to 10 teams use the methods, which he said departed from the long-held credo of bigger, faster, stronger.

“That’s high-school mentality,” said Cook, who has introduced the F.M.S. regimen to Navy Seals."

Is it really an either/or? FMS or bigger, faster, stronger? Thankfully then that we have high school's to feed the NFL, whose athletes are the biggest, fastest, and strongest in sport.

If this is a "business" and people are paying money for information, products, and certifications, then we need good consumer reports. Any insights would be helpful to me and many others.



Josh Leeger said...

Dude, funny you should post this. I saw this and read it, and first thing I thought was "Nice ad for FMS! How'd they score that?!"

Not sure what Tierney's relationship to FMS is, but the "article" is so obviously single-sided and promotion-based that it's silly.

A buddy of mine is working on a project that requires a good protocol for physical intake/assessment. He saw this article and sent it over. I said "Yeah, FMS is great, but you still have to know what those scores mean or point to, and you still have to know what to do about it."

Aaron Schwenzfeier said...

You're right, it smells of a paid advertisement in the New York Times.

Shane Hylton said...

Are not all media articles biased and all articles written from a biased opinion? If you go looking for a witch eventually isn't that what you see? (I refer to the show Bigfoot hunters for that analogy) The difference is can you objectively read something without looking at it from your own biased stand point? Just a thought....

Aaron Schwenzfeier said...

Likewise Shane.