Schlagwort-Archive: Skill acquisation

Coaching creativity and executive skills in youth soccer

“The conclusion of this research was that players with better developed executive functioning skills in these areas have a better chance of succeeding as a football player.” (Glenn van der Kraan)

I love the idea of developing executive functions, creativity and skills. What I miss is the question about the consequences of early specialisation. This sounds a bit like a technique to produce good soccer players from early youth. Intuitively I think about childerns rights, burnout, dropout, …

Practical implications

Miguel Crespo et al. made the practical implication from their study about „Skill acquisation in tennis: Research and current practice“ from 2007 that, „…as compared to overly prescriptive coaching, indications are that tennis players would benefit from earlier introduction to aviable and random practice designs and the accompanying increased opportunity to intrinsically evaluate their own performance.“

Miguel Crespo und andere kommen in ihrer Studie „Technikerwerb im Tennis: Forschung und gegenwärtige Praxis“ aus dem Jahre 2007 zu der Schlußfolgerung, dass es im Vergleich mit streng auf die Technik festgelegtem Training Hinweise gibt, dass Spieler*innen von einer frühzeitigen Hinführung zu variablem und „zufälligen“ (random) Trainingsgestaltung und intrinsischen Entwicklung ihrer Performance profitieren.

The frames of implicit skill acquisation

In 2007 Machar Reid, Miguel Crespo and Brandon Lay wrote an article on the acquisition of tennis skills in the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, in which they reviewed the state of research and current practice. They come to the conclusion, that implicit learning brings better results but a differential view on the implicit approach is necessary. This is in one point due to the fact that there can be no pure implicit learning. To rely exclusively on liberate play leads in the long term to unfavorable skills and limited tactical creativity. The frames of implicit skill acquisation weiterlesen

Skill acquisition in tennis

I’m always looking for studies about motor learning. They give us informations about motor learning and about best way to support our clients.

Skill acquisition in tennis: research and current practice.

by Reid M, Crespo M, Lay B, Berry J.


Common to most tennis players is the desire to improve performance. Equipped with the necessary motivation, these players can spend countless hours rehearsing tennis‘ skills under the guidance of a coach. Often, these practices feature repetitious hitting, with little consideration given to the actual context in which the game’s skills are expressed. Alternatively, training sessions that amount to little more than poorly structured game-play, devoid of any specific goals or objectives, are also discernible. Either way, player learning and long-term performance are unlikely to be optimised. So, where tennis coaches have long relied on certain instructional approaches and types of practices to enhance player performance, their efficacy is uncertain. Indeed, a growing body of research suggests that players stand to benefit from the earlier introduction of variable and random practices and feedback that is more intrinsic in nature rather than time-honoured overly prescriptive coaching. This review considers contemporary skill acquisition research in relation to current tennis coaching practice.