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Skill, ability and technique can have some clear differences and in some cases some close similarities.

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Skill, ability and technique can have some clear differences and in some cases some close similarities. All three have a relationship with each other when it comes to performing sports. You can structure practises to enhance these components of fitness. Ability People often talk about improving our own abilities, but we probably mean 'skill' rather than 'abilities'. We inherit our abilities from our parents. Abilities can include things such as hand-eye coordination, strength, fine motor control, flexibility and speed. You could be a natural sprinter if you are average height, strong, good coordination and have an abundance of fast twitch fibres in your legs then you have the natural ability to be a sprinter. We often talk about an experienced sportsperson is 'skilful', but what do we actually mean by the word 'skill'? Skill All of us have different skills for different tasks. For sport there can be special skills requested to perform well and effectively. Skill is a learned ability, which brings about pre-determined results with maximum certainty, for example to choose when to perform the right move at the right time, effectively, consistently and efficiently within a competitive game or activity. ...read more.


Coaches can set up a situation that will bring out the abilities of a person. By doing this they can tell what are an individual or teams strengths and weaknesses and try to improve these to a certain extent by doing training that will help them. How can skill be enhanced? Skill can be learned by a lot of practise. There are four ways in which you can practise. 1. Whole practice- this is where you repeat the exercise over and over again without breaking the exercise down. For example dribbling a football. This way the skill will seem more fluent and the components interact with one another closely. 2. Part practice- this is where you break down the skill into separate manageable parts and practise each individually. This is a common way of learning a skill. For example when serving in tennis you learn how to grip the racket, your stance, how to throw the ball up and the swing separately. 3. Variable practice- this is when you practise the sport in various settings. For example a cricketer will play their shot according to the type of ball he will receive, fast/slow, spine/no spin etc. ...read more.


Ability is something that you are born with that may affect the way you perform your skill. There can be very fine line between what is skill and what is technique, a sportsperson maybe skilful at their techniques, this can bring some good results in their sport. There is a strong relationship between all of these and if a person has a good technique at something they can become skilful, if someone also has good ability they could end up as a top sportsperson. BOOK: Advanced physical education for a-level second edition. AUTHORS: John Honeybourne, Michael Hill and Helen Moors ISBN NUMBER: 0-7487-5304-4 PUBLISHERS: Stanley Thornes Ltd (published, second edition 2000) BOOK: The world of sport examined second edition. AUTHORS: Paul Beashel, Andy Sibson and John Taylor ISBN NUMBER: 0-17-438752-0 PUBLISHERS: Nelson Thornes and Sons Ltd (published, second edition 2001) BOOK: Sport and PE. A complete guide to GCSE AUTHORS: Barry Hodgson ISBN NUMBER: 0-340-70490-x PUBLISHERS: Hodder and Stoughton (published 1998) WEBSITE: www.worldofsportexamined.com WEBSITE: www.brianmac.demon.co.uk INFORMATION SHEET: From Lonsdale school revision guide TEACHER OF TOTTON COLLEGE: Kevin Cleary Discuss the differences between ability, skill and technique and explain how you would structure practise to enhance these components of fitness. 1 ...read more.

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