• 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. PEP basketball

    I performed this fitness test straight after a long training session and I have derived from this that I could have performed much better than I have shown. For this reason I feel that my next score will be much higher.

  2. Aim: to plan, perform, monitor and evaluate a 10-week training program for a specific ...

    Return lever to original position by bending knees. Seated Leg Curl: Preparation: Sit on apparatus with back against padded back support. Place back of lower leg on top of padded lever. Secure lap pad against thigh just above knees. Grasp handles on lap support.

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

    In match six everything went right. I batted at six and made forty-six runs and felt really pumped about bowling. The adrenalin was really high and it was a very important match. We had only scored two hundred twenty from our fifty overs and we all felt that it was about forty too few.

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

    There shouldn't be no finger movements just fingers straight. -After three turns the fourth is held for 2 seconds and recorded Normative table of the sit and reach test The normative table has being created for the purpose for the sportsperson or non-sport person to check in what category he/she are in.

  1. 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.

  2. A2 pe coursework

    so that she is facing the way she is shooting, so that she can give a ball closer to the post than where she caught it. It gives her team the advantage that they can keep getting closer to their post to shoot.

  1. Personal Performance Portfolio for Cricket

    Recorded- I will tabulate the results. Skill component 2 (strength) Specific: Control of pitching the ball when pitching. Measurable: This could be measured a number of ways, place a target on the pitch, e.g. cloth, and aim to pitch in that area.

  2. Training Programme - I want to build up my stamina because I need it ...

    An active cool-down after training or competition is just as important as an adequate warm-up. Also physiological changes take place during a cool-down: Lactic Acid: Mild exercise enhances the disappearance of lactate from the blood and muscles, which is thought to aid in recovery.

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