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How Athletes Learn What are athletes trying to accomplish The are learning skills A skill and be defined as the quality of a persons performance As a coach teaching a skill you must know what the athletes previous knowledge is The slight modification for that is with the exceptional athlete who can use their analytical mind to visualize what they are doing and what then need to do It is important to make sure your athletes are using a strong motor and basics program and then make the necessary small adjustments to refine all movements all while taking in account the athletes maturity ability size and age The next important thing to teach athletes so they can learn is the importance of repetition An athlete first learns a skill and then practices it over and over till it becomes second nature An athlete will not require the intense feedback as they become more experienced and are able to tell when they are not performing well The learning comes down to Mental Practice and Automatic The mental being the athlete learns what is expected of them and understands what needs to be worked on The Practice being the large amount of repetition doing both quality and quantity The Practice leads to the Automatic where the skills becomes second nature to the athletes An athlete learns that they need to give their all to improve in a skill and sometimes it can be hard for a coach to tell wether or not an athlete is giving their all There are four steps in teaching skills to athletes The first is to introduce the skill
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