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AvatarNathan Richer

i think you hit on where BSL is right now.  it is a transition work from what was formerly stuff you knew only as a PT or coach and most of the time the two disciplines didn’t even cross over. so you had to spend years going to PT school, or years as a coach to really understand and apply this stuff. I don’t think a manual existed before BSL that brought it all together. either it was one coach’s methods without medical explanations, or a medical text which was too hard to read for anyone but a doctor.

also it seems that you are in Germany. i cannot imagine how the translators did when they took the english text and turned it into german. depending on the translator, it could have been poorly translated to german and could have been more easily understood if the translator was a CF coach for example.
a normal person picking up BSL for the first time, with little bkgnd in coaching or PT concepts, will have a very tough time going through it. there are a lot of things to remember and you will end up reading it and re-reading it many times for sure to first adapt to the terminology, remember it, and then understand it and then how to apply it.
still BSL is a great work, the first attempt at simplifying and combining PT and coaching for the common person. the upgrades you describe are already happening. have you read Ready to Run yet? it is all the BSL techniques filtered down only for the runner. There is also Deskbound coming out for the office worker athlete.  but doing this for every kind of athlete is daunting and i don’t think is possible. at some point, you will need to learn things, probably beyond what you want to learn. 
mobility and movement is extremely complex. while there are basic concepts of the process, diagnosing and successfully treating problems requires knowledge of many things to be able to do it effectively. covering the most basic problems is doable via BSL but complex problems will require a skilled, experienced MWOD coach to solve.
take test and retest. it is a MWOD basic concept, but there is subtle complexity there. the idea is that you test, note where tight spots/restrictions/problems are, mobilize an area, then retest to see if there is improvement. simple for me to say, right? 

but which test? what is the proper form for the test? what places to mobilize? which mobilization techniques to use – if you watch the videos on MWOD there are a ton and more come out each week as the MWDO team plays with their tools. how do you judge your performance on a test – mirror? partner? video review? also, any movement can not only be used as exercise, but also as a test. this can range from sitting, to a bicep curl, to a traditional deep squat.  

at some point, you will have to stop resisting the “studying” and will have to dig further. 

but as you have requested, books like Ready to Run and the upcoming Deskbound are attempts to make MWOD techniques more focused to particular activities and simplify it further. it is under continual evolution for sure.