Coaching Science (Active Learning in Sport) by Dan Gordon

By Dan Gordon

Training is an more and more very important sector of activities technology classes, and this article presents available and updated assurance of this key subject. glossy coaches must be utilized scientists who maintain abreast of study and may be able to observe a multidisciplinary knowing to their perform. The ebook accordingly examines training when it comes to biomechanics, body structure and psychology, in addition to perennial matters similar to athlete motivation, food, layout of teaching programmes, expertise id, tracking and ethics. Written via an writer who combines educational services with high-level functional adventure, the booklet effectively hyperlinks concept with case stories.

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Given that we now recognise what is meant by the term ‘proprioception’ the concept of proprioceptive feedback should be the next logical step. Imagine performing a somersault on a trampoline. You would initiate the movement generating tension in the muscles to swing the arms, creating a rotation in the body and attempting to land back on your feet. Throughout the whole movement you would be aware of your position within time and space. These processes and actions are centred on feedback loops: the action is performed; the position/ tension, etc.

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This approach may prove to be problematic for younger athletes. Part practice Many of the serial skills benefit from being broken down into their constituent parts in order to master each sequence of the action. Part practice on its own, though, should be avoided as this may lead to disjointed and ill fitting skill patterns. Physical practice Practicing the skill through the recognised movement patterns is integral to the development of that skill as a whole. angles. What is clear however, is that athletes benefit from a mix of all forms of guidance and that the coach should not rely solely on one approach; also we need to recognise what kind of learner the athlete is and take this into account when structuring the session (see Chapter 1).

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