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Discuss the role of feedback in the learning of skills.

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Discuss the role of feedback in the learning of skills In my essay I am going to 'Discuss the role of feedback in the learning of skills' by: breaking down the various types and aspects of feedback, then relate the role of feedback to three different sports: one sport is an individual sport (athletics), one a racket sport (tennis) and the other a team activity (rugby) and comment on how the type/result of feedback differs in each one. Firstly I am going to define a few words that shall be used within my essay: Skills-" An organised co-ordinated activity in relation to an object or situation which involves a whole chain of sensory, central and motor mechanisms." ...read more.

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this happens almost immediately. E.G. Jonny Wilkinson will know instantly weather or not a kick has gone through the post or not before it has gone through because he will know how well he has hit the ball Extrinsic feedback- Feedback from another person.E.g Coach, manager, or crowd telling you how you are performing. In an Individual activity (athletics) the role of feedback in learning skills is very important. One of the main uses for feedback is motivation towards the performer; with motivation most performers perform to better standard. For instance if when an athlete are practising their start to a race and the coach tells them that they have a good technique and good start, then the athlete is going to strive to perform the same start in a race, and slowly it will come instinctively for the athlete to start in that same manner, therefore making the start into a closed loop skill. ...read more.

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The role of feedback in the learning of skills in a racket sport (tennis) has many factors. Firstly there are many different aspects to learn about the game, so to grasp all of it feedback has to play an important part. For instance if a tennis coach says to the player that they have really good defensive positioning then the player is going keep that same action as it is. However if the coach says that they have terrible positioning and that is the end of feedback about that aspect then the player is not going to know how to rectify the mistake that they are making and become demotivated, so as with athletics a certain amount of guidance will be needed along with negative feedback in order to help the player with their game. ...read more.

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