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: 567-575. doi:10.1260/1747-9541.6.4.567


Author Gabbett, Tim
Masters, Rich
Title Challenges and solutions when applying implicit motor learning theory in a high performance sport environment: Examples from rugby league
Journal name International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1747-9541
2048-397X
Publication date 2011-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1260/1747-9541.6.4.567
Open Access Status
Volume 6
Issue 4
Start page 567
End page 575
Total pages 9
Place of publication Essex, United Kingdom
Publisher Multi-Science Publishing
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.
Keyword Analogies
Conscious Control
Errorless Learning
Expertise
Implicit Motor Learning
Performance Pressure
Random Practice
Rugby League
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences Publications
 
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