The Langford’s birthday is a factor in how confident and vocal he currently isn’t.
Believe it or not, this is supported strongly by internationally replicated research, read on …
Just quoting from @Scorch 's Training 12/1/18 post which got me thinking of some things I read a while back:
Langford did some very good things, lifting his arms at stoppages and moving through traffic on
a few occasions in the sim was great .Not by any means dominant though and much quieter than the other mids (as had been the case all week) In a possession drill inside 50 (cafe side) he was as quiet as a mouse when requesting the footy… Just put his hand in the air… I get the feeling that he doesn’t believe that he can change the course of a game yet which means he’s reluctant to scream for the footy, and is awfully ‘nice’ at stoppages. The irony is that he has the gifts… Showed in a number of drills what a great kick he is, and he looks quicker… Leaves me wondering if he really wants it…
Statistically an important factor in Langfords attitude is his birthday.
Kyle Langford DOB 01-12-1996
The month of your birth influences your chances of becoming a professional sportsperson, an Australian researcher has found.
Senior research fellow Dr. Adrian Barnett from Queensland University of Technology’s Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation studies the seasonal patterns of population health and found the month you were born in could influence your future health and fitness. The results of the study are published in the Springer book Analysing Seasonal Health Data¹, by Barnett, co-authored by researcher Professor Annette Dobson from the University of Queensland.
Barnett analysed the birthdays of professional Australian Football League (AFL) players and found a disproportionate number had their birthdays in the early months of the year, while many fewer were born in the later months, especially December.
The Australian school year begins in January. “Children who are taller have an obvious advantage when playing the football code of AFL,” Dr. Barnett said. “If you were born in January, you have almost 12 months’ growth ahead of your classmates born late in the year, so whether you were born on December 31st or January 1st could have a huge effect on your life.”
Dr. Barnett found there were 33 percent more professional AFL players than expected with birthdays in January and 25 percent fewer in December. He said the results mirrored other international studies which found a link between being born near the start of school year and the chances of becoming a professional player in the sports of ice hockey, football, volleyball and basketball.
“Research in the UK shows those born at the start of the school year also do better academically and have more confidence,” he said. “And with physical activity being so important, it could also mean smaller children get disheartened and play less sport. If smaller children are missing out on sporting activity then this has potentially serious consequences for their health in adulthood.”
Dr. Barnett said this seasonal pattern could also result in wasted talent, with potential sports stars not being identified because they were competing against children who were much more physically advanced than them. He said a possible solution was for one of the sporting codes in Australia to change the team entry date from January 1st to July 1st.
I also think Stringer’s arrival in the midfield training group and his performance as a midfield bull could also be a factor in keeping Langford in his shell given he doesn’t have the swag of Stringer and tends to introversion. For the less confident, the more extroverted will usually be allowed to take over and they will be looked to more readily to initiate action.
The answer to Langford’s confidence and becoming a more extroverted player may be found in Richmond’s success. The whole team used mindfulness meditation last year to learn how to focus on replicating the mindset of when they were at their best in terms of sports performance and learning how to keep in that zone, rather than being as dependant on those around them and the situation they were in to determine how they feel.
I believe this was a big factor in their ability to perform when it mattered last year. Dustin Martin was one of the first players at Richmond who was using mindfulness meditation and the effect it had on his performance and attitude lead to the whole team using it. There is a fair bit in the media on this, and on the radio this morning at ~9am the woman who taught this to the Richmond team is on SEN talking about it if you are interested.
I think this would be good for the whole team, but to get the most out of the less confident players with lots of ability, like Langford, I think it is a no brainer.