• 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. Explain how you would structure practices to enhance these components of fitness.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Discuss the differences between skill, ability and technique. Explain how you would structure practices to enhance these components of fitness. Skill, ability and technique are closely linked and each have a relationship with one another. To be successful at a particular sport, whether it be playing 1on1 basketball on your local court, or representing your country in the world cup you must have skill, ability and technique. Skill is an athlete's ability to perform a technique with consistency and control, with minimum effort (Galligan et al 2000). Skill is the acquired and therefore has to be learnt (Roscoe, 2000). "It is a coordinated act, involving complex movements brought together in a consistent and smooth manner" (Galligan et al 2000). An example of a skill is scoring a goal from a free kick in football, David Beckham has almost perfected this skill as whenever his team wins a free kick close to the goal everyone is expecting to see a goal. From a racket sport point of view Roger Federer combines his textbook technique with his ability of coordination to amazing affect, he shows this by dominating the men's tennis tour. ...read more.

Middle

Some athletes are unlucky because they are not born with a natural ability, but their technique makes up for what they lack in ability, an example of this is Tim Henman, who had extremely good technique but lacked the ability, and therefore the overall skill, to ever match the very top players in the world. Justin Rose is a highly talented golfer, although he has never had a natural ability to perform well at the sport. However his love of the game has meant he has improved his technique to a world class standard and is now competing with the best in the world. Technique is relatively easy to alter to meet certain requirements of different sports and activities. A high variety of different techniques can be improved using different training methods. In some cases it is often essential for athletes to change their technique as improper technique can lead to injuries like stress fractures, an example of this would be Jason Gillespie who, after being out of cricket for some time with a stress fracture in his back, then managed to change his technique so that he still bowled consistently well but with less risk of injury. ...read more.

Conclusion

If you are a shorter person then your role would be different compared to those who are tall, you would most likely play as a wide midfielder or a full back as these positions don't require a good height to be a elite performer. There are two types of practices which affect how skill is improved, fixed and variable. A variable practice is when a skill is practiced in a variety of different contexts and therefore the athlete experiences the full range of situations, this would be good type of practice for a team performer, e.g. a batsman in cricket, because every ball bowled at the batsman is different, whether it is the line or length of the delivery or the speed of which it is bowled, so the batsman needs to be prepared for every eventuality. A fixed practice is when a skill is practice in one way repeatedly; it is usually used by athletes whose disciplines which rarely have different conditions. An example of this is a 100m sprinter; they follow the same stages during every race so they only need to practice them individual stages and the skill of the sprinter will improve. Therefore if you improve your technique and maintain and focus on the strengths of your abilities, this will lead to a better skill level. ...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. Aim: to plan, perform, monitor and evaluate a 10-week training program for a specific ...

    Cooling down helps to get rid of lactic acid, this builds up during anaerobic activity. My cool down will be for 5 minutes. I will be using the Ascent Climber for my Cardio Vascular cool down, as it uses various muscles in my body, allowing the body to get rid

  2. Basic Techniques and Tactics in Cricket.

    Therefore it is important that you get low , just push forward onto your stomach with your arms in front of you with your legs flexed, as this is the safest way to dive as you don't apply pressure upon any limbs causing any damage and your still in control of your movement.

  1. Free essay

    Compare and contrast the physical fitness requirements and skill related fitness requirements

    Agility: Agility is needed in all three sports because they may have to respond to differing events that may occur. Netball players need to be able to turn quickly to dodge their players and get into spaces to receive the ball.

  2. Self analysis of weaknesses in table tennis - Comparison to elite model 2

    of the serves which are played on the right 3/4s of the table with his forehand rather than his backhand. He then also gets his bat low to the table as then it would save him time from bringing the bat from a high position to a low.

  1. Describing and Explaining the Components of Fitness. Fitness and fitness testing

    The more your hand reaches the measurement the higher rating you will get. For example if a man gets 21 then he is considered excellent than a man that scores -5 would be considered only fair. Rating Men Women Super >27 >30 Excellent 17 to 27 21 to 30 Good

  2. Fitness testing

    Description: This test involves continuous running between two lines 20m apart in time to recorded beeps. The test runners stand behind one of the lines facing the second line, and begin running when instructed by the CD or tape. The speed at the start is quite slow, The runner continues

  1. A2 pe coursework

    This is very helpful for her team if they the opportunity for a quick ball to be given. Weaknesses: * It is very often that Jenny does footwork when trying to do the running pass - she holds onto the ball for too long, and so her third foot has landed by the time she passes the ball.

  2. I have chosen to base my PEP on is hockey. Within in hockey there ...

    also see I a slight improvement in my muscular endurance and agility. My hypothesis is that my cardiovascular fitness will improve through training. This will be evident in my fitness testing as the weeks in the programme progress. My null hypothesis is that my cardiovascular will not improve through training.

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