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HPE - Tennis Research Assignment.

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HPE - Tennis Research Assignment Introduction Purpose By using my knowledge and understanding of skill acquisition principles, psychology of learning and biomechanics, I have produced a six-week tennis training program. Incorporated in this report are the types of feedback used, the research laboratories carried out, and the design, analysis and evaluation of my coaching program. Research Laboratories Three research laboratories (See Appendices A, B and C) were carried out to assist in the development of my coaching program. These laboratories were on different types of feedback, the importance of accurate feedback and the use of feedback in mental rehearsal. The results from these labs provided me with a guide as to which type and the amount of feedback needed for a successful coaching program. Background Overview Types of Feedback There are many different types of feedback that can be used to enhance one's performance. Generally, "the more precise the feedback, the more accurate the performance will become." (Amezdroz, G., Davis, D., Dickens, S., Hosford, G., 1999, 2001. Queensland Senior Physical Education, Macmillan Education Australia, South Yarra, Australia.) ...read more.

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I had little experience and knowledge of the game of tennis. During the six weeks of training I learnt and began to understand the skills needed and the rules of the game. I have now progressed through to the early Associative stage as demonstrated by my ability to effectively serve in both courts. The coaching program was based on distributive practice. This is where I would have short, practice sessions of a skill followed by a short break. For example, after doing 10 serves in both right and left court I was given a 2 minute break. During the break I would visualise in my head, the skills I had just learnt, and then the correct way to execute it. After the rest interval I would then carry out the skills. Improvements could be seen by me placing 50% of first serves and 75% of second serves in court. Whole-part learning was incorporated into the coaching program. This is when I would learn the whole skill at once, then break it down and concentrate on certain components that I was having difficulty with. ...read more.

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Research laboratories were a useful tool in producing a coaching program. They indicated the correct feedback and practices to be incorporated in the program to successfully master the skill of serving in tennis. My tennis, in general, has noticeably improved. The benefits of my training program include not only having the confidence to serve, but also carry our the other major plays- forehand and backhand. I also have the ability to play a match of tennis with all of the knowledge I have gained of the skills and rules of the game. Conclusion By using my knowledge and understanding of skill acquisition principles, psychology of learning and biomechanics, I produced a six-week tennis training program with specific emphasis on my weakest play, serve, along with all other aspects of the game. My tennis skills improved over the period of time as I also learnt the rules and principals of the game. If another coaching program was to be designed, I could include more specific exercises and plays to be practiced. Actual matches could be played to improve my confidence in the game. ...read more.

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