Coaching Science (Active Learning in Sport) by Dan Gordon

By Dan Gordon

Training is an more and more vital quarter of activities technological know-how classes, and this article presents available and up to date insurance of this key subject. glossy coaches must be utilized scientists who continue abreast of analysis and may be able to follow a multidisciplinary knowing to their perform. The e-book hence examines training by way of biomechanics, body structure and psychology, in addition to perennial concerns similar to athlete motivation, food, layout of teaching programmes, expertise identity, tracking and ethics. Written by way of an writer who combines educational services with high-level functional adventure, the publication effectively hyperlinks concept with case experiences.

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Effects on motor skill learning. Acta Psychologica Scandinavia, 104: 259–70 Walf, G and Prinz, W (2001) Directing attention to movement enhances learning: A review. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 8: 648–60 Walf, G, Shea, C H and Matschiner, S (1998) Frequent feedback enhances complex motor skill learning. asp – British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences: National body for sport and exercise science within the UK. Useful contacts and documents related to physiology, psychology, biomechanics, health and coaching.

Combined practice A single skill is selected for the session but rather than being practiced for the entirety of the session it is combined with bouts of different activities. This is very useful with younger athletes and also where the skill, if repeated too often, could be associated with an overuse injury. Mass practice Under conditions of massed practice, the skill is rehearsed or practiced over a prolonged period of time (up to 3 hours) on a single skill, such as free kicks in soccer. Athletes tend to remember the skill through massed practice mainly because the process has been ground into them.

Through the use of needs analysis I was able to set a series of goals that were both realistic and ultimately achievable. CASE STUDY: GOAL-SETTING AND PERFORMANCE Caroline Heaney I believe that effective goal-setting is a vital part of the coaching process. Without goals, both coach and athlete have no direction. Goals help to focus effort and attention and increase motivation. An athlete who is preparing for a specific competition or performance target will train harder than one who does not know what they are training for.

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