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

Skill acquisition.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Skill acquisition To support the coach there is a wealth of scientific information based on research conducted with athletes. Information is available to support the coach and athlete in all areas of training and development including nutrition, biomechanics, psychology, physiology & medicine. There are a number of scientific methods to measure and analyse the athlete's performance e.g. computer aided analysis of VO2 max, lactate levels, running technique etc. The art of coaching comes when the coach has to analyse the scientific data and convert it into coaching and training programmes to help develop the athlete. This analysis process relies heavily on the coach's experience and knowledge of the event/sport and the athlete concerned. By understanding the science, which is the foundation of training, a well designed training program can be developed that will help an athlete reach their full potential. The art is understanding the science and then applying it. Skill is a commonly used word, widely interpreted across a variety of subjects; however, in sport we tend to use skill as more of a concept rather than just a word. The term skill is referred to in terms of existing within a sport (i.e. a tennis serve or a golf shot), or as sport itself being a skill. Within sport, skill is seen as a co-ordinated act, often involving complex movements brought together in a consistent and ultimately smooth manner. ...read more.

Middle

If you are of 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 If we are to apply the above terms to specific sports we see that some skills, abilities and techniques are similar in different sports, whilst completely different in other areas. For example a comparison can be made between a golfers swing, and a top-spin shot in tennis, or a cricket shot; all three skills are similar in the fact that they involve a swing of the arm to make contact with a ball, they each of course, have different techniques, a golf swing hits a stationary ball whilst tennis and cricket deal with a moving ball. It is in this way also that they require different abilities, since in golf the ball is stationary the manipulation of any spin onto the ball to navigate the course is solely down to the golfer themselves, in tennis and cricket the player has to return a ball, usually already spinning towards them having been manipulated by their opponent in order to beat them. The success of the reading of this manipulation of the ball towards a player can be determined by the level of the performer, with experience and knowledge a player can read these signs better and quicker by enhancing their perceptual skills. Some sports have similar abilities required such as table tennis and tennis, where there is common ground over the aim - to beat your opponent, and in making shots, by applying and reading spin on the ball. ...read more.

Conclusion

i.e. a penalty flick in hockey. Serial Skills are a group of discrete skills strung together to make a new and complex movement. i.e. the sequence of skills for the triple jump. Continuous skills have no obvious beginning or end. The end of one cycle of movements is the beginning of the next, and the skill is repeated like a cycle. These skills could be stopped at any moment during the performance of the skill. i.e. Swimming, Running, Cycling. Individual, Coactive and Interactive skills Individual skills are those performed in isolation. e.g. Figure Skating, high jump Coactive skills are those performed at the same time as others but without direct confrontation. e.g. running, swimming Interactive skills are those performed where other performers are directly involved. e.g. rugby, football, basketball, netball, where a high degree of perceptual skill, required to consider all the factors is required and often honed whilst competing in what are effectively team sports . Self and Externally paced skills Self paced skills are those that are instigated by the performer and externally paced skills are those where the timing of the performance of the skill is not controlled by the performer, but by an outside instigator. The classic examples of self paced skills are that of the golf swing and the snooker shot, both require no limit on the time taken for either, although one has to take into consideration the aspect of sportsmanship, whereas a externally paced skill, a return of tennis serve for instance can often only be performed once your opponent has performed their action, a reactionary skill essentially, requiring obviously high perceptual skills. ...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. Techniques, Rules and Tactics of Football

    The volley technique uses a twisting motion with the head down, and the knee in a high position. The diving header: The diving header technique gives a football player that extra edge and versatility to get to the ball first and to get a head on crosses that otherwise would be missed.

  2. Sports Analysis (Tennis)

    Weight 60kg 82kg Date Of Birth (Age) 29/04/1992 - 17 15 May 1987 (1987-05-15) (age 22) Plays Right Handed, Double Handed Backhand Right Handed, Double Handed Backhand Level Of Performance 10.1 LTA Rating World Number 5, Former World Number 2 Serving Stats I am now going to show my results from the tests.

  1. Sports Analysis (cricket)

    Confidence may also introduce a form of positive aggression which may possibly make a bowler bowl faster if he or she is a pace bowler, or this could inflict on others in the team, which would create a positive atmosphere.

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

    I could feel that the training had worked my main component Muscular Endurance and I was pleased with that. I felt I could have had a more intense stretching session if I had found more stretches that are active. I did not feel that I pushed myself to my maximum

  1. PEP basketball

    Sergeant Jump Test - Power Objective To monitor the development of the athlete's elastic leg strength. Required Resources To undertake this test you will require: * A wall * 1 metre Tape Measure * Chalk * An assistant How to conduct the test The athlete: * chalks the end of

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

    He has overcome the weaknesses that he possessed to add to his much strength. At the start of the programme Jordan had such faults as not keeping his elbow up high enough, which resulted in the shot not being projected at the optimum angle.

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

    of shots I played on the leg side or off-side or the percentage of my strike rate, as this shows how quickly I scored my runs which is quite important as I only play limited over matches and you need to score as quickly as possible.

  2. Practical team sports analysis - Football and Basketball

    Width in defence- the defender counters, trying to contract and deny width. Attackers are "shepherded" or channelled into narrower or more crowded avenues of approach 3. Depth in attack- the attacker uses depth by moving men up from the rear, but may use a constant "target striker" or front man to always be present deep in the defence.

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