As coaches of athletes within any sport, we must remember that our main purpose is to assist the athlete in enhancing his/her performance where it counts: on the field, pitch, rink, court, or track. At the very core of this performance lays the movements carried out by the human body during the execution of the sporting tasks and endeavors. It is intuitively obvious that how movement skills are practiced will determine how well they are not only learned & retained but also transferred to the context of the sport environment. Unfortunately, it seems as though many coaches continue to design movement practice sessions which are shaped by preconceived and potentially outdated notions regarding what constitutes “perfect practice.”
This course will help coaches become better equipped to set-up a movement practice environment, which fosters more masterful movement performance and long-term motor skill acquisition.
Learning Objectives for Lecture:
- Students will be able to distinguish the differences between the main motor control & motor learning theories and understand their implications to sport movement skill acquisition
- Students will understand how the design of the movement practice structure will impact the athlete’s displayed motor performance & long-term skill acquisition
Learning Objectives for Hands-on:
- Students will be able to design the most optimal movement practice structure to adequately meet the motor performance & motor learning goals of the athlete
- Students will understanding how to adjust the constraints of the practice environment to elicit the desired changes within the athlete’s Biodynamic Structure of the movement