Understanding How Athletes Learn: Integrating Skill Training Concepts, Theory and Practice from an Ecological Perspective

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Adopting a coaching perspective centred on
athlete-environment interaction, this article
summarises contemporary skill training literature
and theoretical principles based on Nonlinear
Pedagogy (NLP) and the Constraints-Led Approach
(CLA). Our analysis highlights two main issues:
1) that athletes learn by using information in a
performance environment to coordinate their
actions; and 2), there are implications of these
ideas for training designs and for coaches, athletes
and educators. Specifically, we examine various
guiding ideas for: 1) training designs; 2) the role of
the coach during training; and 3), the athlete-coach
relationship and the learning process. These notions
lead us to propose a one-page summary graphic.
The article also concludes with five training
principles for coaches and applied sport scientists
to consider and adopt.
Original languageGerman
JournalAPPLIED COACHING RESEARCH JOURNAL
Issue number7
Pages (from-to)22-33
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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