There are a lot of disciplines in science that are evidence based. But not so in coaching motor skills. In the following article Bain and Mc Gown show, that there is still a methodical traditionalism that ignores evidence based research.Carl McGown, AVCA Hall of Famer

Bain/McGown use three questions from an article that recommends the use of part to whole progressions and they show the evidence based error:
1. Is it always better to teach skills to players of all levels strictly by repetition of the whole skill?
2. Is it appropriate for younger players or players that have not yet imprinted proper motor patterns to learn skills by performing only part of the skill?
3. Should a distinction be made for what training methods are appropriate for more advanced players as compared to players in
their early years of training?

Training the Gap Conference

How I would like to be there and listen to all those sportsmen and experts of motor learning. May be another day…

Trevor Ragan gave me the chance to ask some questions, that could be answered at the conference! This are my questions:

  • „Do you think, we need „evidence based“ coaching?“
  • „What could be universal principles in motor learning or should we have a different look to any kind of sport?“
  • „And when, what could be „universal principles in learning tennis?“
  • „In a sport with high demands in coordination, do we have to coach the technique (first) or can we trust in the self-organization abilities of the players? There seems to be an accordance in science for good players, but not for beginners.“

This one goes in the same direction:

  • „Do we need to coach skills explicit or is using implicit learning more evident, like a lot of studies affirm?“

„Try or just do it?“

In einem früheren Blogbeitrag ist ein Interview mit Volleyball-Coach John Kessel zu sehen. Vielleicht habt Ihr Euch das Video angesehen.  Eine Ausführung von ihm hat mich besonders fasziniert, da dies auch mir schon lange ein Anliegen ist. Er weist daraufhin, dass wir als Coaches nicht Fußball, Volleyball oder Tennis trainieren, sondern das wir es immer mit Menschen zu tun haben.

Die Anleitung an der Spieler „Versuche dies zu tun…“ beinhaltet in der Ansprache schon die Möglichkeit des Scheiterns. Deshalb ist es auch für Kessel wichtig, Begriffe wie „versuche“ oder „tu nicht“ oder „aber“ „Try or just do it?“ weiterlesen

Random learning

John Kessel is Director of Sport Development in US Volleyball. In this interview with Trevor Ragan (TrainUgly), he tells about random motor learning, good and bad mistakes, gamelike training, and about beeing „good in practice vs beeing good in performance“. Should see!

John Kessel ist Direktor im Volleyballverband der USA im Bereich Sport und Entwicklung. In diesem Interview mit Trevor Ragan erzählt er über zufälliges (beiläufiges, inzidentelles) Bewegungslernen, über gute und schlechte Fehler, spielorientiertes Training und über „gut im Training vs gut im Wettkampf“. Super spannend!

Evidence based motor learning

Carl McGown“Research has led to the identification of a number of evidence-based motor learning principles, which, when properly understood and applied, can have a significant impact on athletic development and achievement. It is therefore surprising that despite its rich heritage and an overwhelming body of scientific literature, motor learning principles remain poorly understood and/or incorrectly applied by a large number of individuals in the coaching profession.”

Dr. Carl McGown Olympic Gold Medalist + NCAA National Champion in Volleyball