• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Discuss the differences between skill, ability and technique and explain how you would structure practices to enhance these components of a performance.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

"Discuss the differences between skill, ability and technique and explain how you would structure practices to enhance these components of a performance" Skill, ability and technique are closely linked and each have a relationship with one another. To be successful at a particular sport, be it hitting a ball against a wall or representing your country at the olympics you must have skill, ability and technique. I will start by clearly stating what skill, ability and technique mean individually. Skill Skill is an athlete's ability to choose and perform the right techniques at the right time, successfully, regularly and with a minimum of effort. Athletes use their skill to achieve athletic objectives e.g. jumping 9 meters in long jump. Skill is acquired and therefore has to be learned. Ability Ability is the make up of an athlete which we inherit from our parents. Abilities can be essentially perceptual, essentially motor or a combination of both. A number of different characteristics of your make up are concerned whilst talking about ability, for example height, strength and co-ordination. ...read more.

Middle

Here is a definition of ability: "Motor abilities are innate inherited traits that determine an individuals co-ordination, balance, ability and speed of reactions" (R. Arnot and C. Gaines) The difference between skill and ability is that a skill can be taught and changed and your ability is something that is inherited from your parents, is natural and cannot be taught. In order to perform a particular skill in sport, we must learn the necessary technique. Technique is often confused with skill. To perform a particular skill in any sport you will have to a required technique. There are a number of classification continuums that may be used in conjunction with each other to build up a profile of a particular skill. There is Knapp's open-closed continuum (page 104), which involves skills being categorised into open or closed skills. An example of an open skill is a tackle in rugby. It is very difficult to improve an open skill in any sport because the situation in which it occurs is always different but the skill will be improved over time through experience. ...read more.

Conclusion

The idea that skill equals ability plus technique is the perfect way to describe how to be able to achieve a particular skill. However there are a number of different aspects which come into consideration when performing a skill and being successful at that skill. The definitions of the three practices in these components of performances put forward in the literature review section by the experts are all clear definitions that show the true meaning of the terms skill, ability and technique. The idea that ability cannot really be improved I disagree with because both some top experts and myself as an athlete believe that there are certain ways in which you can improve on aspects such as hand/eye co-ordination. The way in which technique can be improved is pretty straightforward but it creates other issues such as why some sportsmen or women with a poor technique still excel in their chosen sport? Overall skill is developed by having good ability and having a technique that suits your body type. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Acquiring, Developing & Performance Skill section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Acquiring, Developing & Performance Skill essays

  1. PE coursework Chosen Sport Rugby -working on my weaknesses as a fullback

    very vulnerable to a kick over the top, if I have peers reminding me of the importance of my position and highlighting my responsibility this could help. However, it is important to note that such responsibilities should not be put on teammates in a game situation as it may distract

  2. I have chosen badminton for my personal exercise programme. I will enhance my performance ...

    I found that both exercises were much easier to complete so the uploaded of the exercise are necessary. In the medicine ball throw, the different between left and right doesn't improve very much. Although my purpose in this set of exercise is to improve the power of my strong arm,

  1. A2 pe coursework

    She will be creating an unforced error for the other team. * Jenny tends to so obstruction when she is marking a shot, making the umpire pull her up for obstruction. This unnecessary free shot given to the shooter puts her team at more of a disadvantage, and it allows the other team to have more free shots.

  2. Pe: Performance Profile Analysis

    The training plan I devised was, running at a normal pace for about 70 metres, the jogging over the same distance, and walk for a further 70 metres, then I sprinted the next 70 metres and during the last stretch I sprinted the last 70 metres.

  1. Identify the important components/skills/techniques needed for a successful performance in the shot put.

    is out horizontally to help him achieve good balance after throwing the shot. Another weakness is that Grant varies in his release angle. Sometimes it is below 45 degrees, sometimes higher, and sometimes directly on it, this is when he achieves his furthest distances.

  2. Critically analyse your own performance in your chosen sport using suitable notational methods. Include ...

    * 10 minutes of long distance throwing, running after the ball and sliding to stop it, followed by long throw to the stumps. * 30 minutes of batting technique with the team coach * 30 minutes of bowling run-up and technique with the bowling coach.

  1. Analysis of My performance In Rugby

    When performing a tackle you must always make sure that your head is on the correct side otherwise you may end up seriously injured. "Cheek to Cheek" your cheek must be on their behind so that they don't fall on to your neck and cause damage.

  2. Basic Techniques and Tactics in Cricket.

    to over your head, through the coil position, is a important aspect of bowling as it builds up the momentum for the delivery and it prepares and positions the bowler so that they can deliver the ball in a position where they are fully balanced and in control of realising the ball in the area they want.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work