Challenges and solutions when applying implicit motor learning theory in a high performance sport environment: examples from rugby league

Gabbett, Tim and Masters, Rich (2011) Challenges and solutions when applying implicit motor learning theory in a high performance sport environment: examples from rugby league. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, 6 (4). pp. 567-575. ISSN 1747-9541

Abstract

Skills that are learnt implicitly (i.e., without the accumulation of task-related rules and knowledge) have been shown to result in performance that displays stability in conditions of psychological stress, fatigue, multi-tasking, and over prolonged periods of time. Despite the wealth of evidence supporting the use of implicit motor learning strategies, the majority of this evidence has been generated from studies of novice performers rather than of experts. The aim of this paper is to describe some of the challenges faced by high-performance coaches and athletes who may wish to use implicit motor learning and to frame potential solutions with respect to the elite Australian National Rugby League competition. Practical training activities and techniques (e.g., errorless learning, random practice, cues, dual-tasking, and analogies), designed to facilitate the development of implicit skills that transfer robustly to high-performance competition environments, are presented.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Date Deposited: 26 May 2017 01:24
Last Modified: 26 May 2017 01:24
Uncontrolled Keywords: analogies; conscious control; errorless learning; expertise; implicit motor learning; performance pressure; random practice; rugby league
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1260/1747-9541.6.4.567
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/32354

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