|Finally, as a general rule, the higher the level of skill attained in another sport the more coachable the person will be.
Great point, Yd!
Learning what other sports you enjoy is only one part of the question. Why do you enjoy them (what do you like best about them)? How accomplished are you at them? How did you/do you learn? Did you take formal lessons? Who was your best coach--and why?
One of my most fascinating students was a recently retired prima ballerina from a large, famous ballet company, many years ago at Keystone. She had the most extraordinary balance, coordination, flexibility, and body awareness I'd even seen. An intermediate skier, she was the most coachable person I've ever met--in some ways. Anything I could show her, she could imitate precisely, on the first try. Any movement or position I described to her, she could perform, exactly as I described it. She could follow me and imitate my movements better than I could myself! And she could imitate any other skier on the mountain as well.
But she could NOT "find herself." Working on her stance, I had her ski very tall, and very short--both of which she did just fine. But when I asked to try to find her own natural stance, she just gave me a blank stare. She didn't even seem to understand the question!
I was fascinated by this. I had thought that, with her incredible body awareness, she would have no trouble identifying efficient, optimal movements, movements that just felt right. But she simply couldn't do it!
Finally she realized why. For years--virtually her whole life--she'd been trained and disciplined to do exactly what her instructor/coach/choreographer (whatever) told her to do, completely ignoring what it felt like. And she was very, very good at it. Much of what dancers do is not "efficient" at all, and may be quite painful and unnatural. She had trained herself to ignore pain. Efficiency meant nothing to her!
We skied for three days, and we were both fascinated by her unique capabilities and challenges as a skiing student. When she retired from dancing (in her early thirties), she had became a ballet instructor, so she was as interested in the learning ramifications of this as I was.
Prior learning and experience have profound effects on current learning--that's the principle of "transfer" in a nut shell. This three day lesson taught ME a lot!