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Artistic Performance Considerations

      All forms of ice skating have intense training schedule for all levels of athletes.  Figure skating is no exception. In seems that each year that younger skaters are being expected to have both technical elements and presentation skills if they are serious about placing in competitions.

      As skaters increase their skills they will be judged under the International Skating Union system of judging. This is the system used in all international, world, and Olympic figure skating events. Both the technical and artistic skills are evaluated. Points are awarded for things that are performed without error and deductions are taken for minor and serious errors such as cheated jumps, touch downs with a free leg and/or hands, and falls. A second mark is given for five different program components, including artistic interpretation and choreography.

Many individuals believe that some athletes are born with innate talents that
are the critical factors for exceptional sports performance. Scientific investigat-
ions have proven that acquired skills, knowledge, and physiological adaptations
are acquired in response to intense practice.  There are primary mechanisms
that are responsible for an athlete achieving the highest level of performance.

Elite performers in sports have engaged in specific training activities designed to improve their performance from an early age. By the time they are 20 they usually have accumulated over 10,000 hours of practice!

       It is the essential elements of their practice that allow them to achieve specific goals to improve performance. Training provides a path to successfully refine their skills through repetition, feedback and instruction. Although the content of practice tasks will necessarily differ from sport to sport, investigations have discovered invariant shared characteristics in:
  • Optimal duration of practice sessions,
  • Maximal amounts of daily practice,
  • Length of intense preparation (around 10 years),
  • Ages of peak performance.
       Elite athletes also have the ability to accomplish academic goals and develop abilities in science, mathematics, law, and liberal and performing arts.

       Optimizing performance in sports, art, music, math, etc. share the following challenges:
  • Intensive Practice - Practice is a key to success. However, what are the specific kinds of practice that can increase skill development faster than conventional instruction and training programs?
  • Ignition - Starting a fire under some individuals seems to be necessary if they are not self-motivated. What separates the truly high achievers from others is a passion to achieve and prioritize their life goals. Understanding how to tap into ways to ignite an individual's passion is the key to catalyzing inputs and achieving superior skill development.
  • Master Coaching - What secrets are shared by the most effective teachers, trainers, and coaches? What enables coaches and teachers to fuel passion, inspire intense training practices, and bring out the best in their students?
      The following articles discuss the various areas that deal with test and competitive performance issues.
Recommended Reading:

Skating Skills and Training

Ballet: artistic performance or athletic sport? « Higher Tone Nov. 8, 2012 ... The Birmingham Royal Ballet's performance of Swan Lake at Cardiff Millennium Stadium feeling elated and inspired.

PDF The Role of Deliberate Practice - The New York Times  Individuals, whose performance in sports, the arts, and science is vastly superior to that of the rest of the population.

Optimize Your Sports Performance by Using Your Mind  Psychologist Dr. Jack Singer. Improve performance, heal sports injuries, and manage sports pain. ... Optimize Your Sports Performance by Using Your Mind.


The Sports Environment

Problems and Solutions

Index of IJS Articles

Skating Programs, Seminars, and Workshops

Sleep Longer to Optimize Athletic Performance | STACK July 8, 2011 ... As a competitive athlete, you are constantly trying to build strength and speed in the weight ... Sleep Longer to Optimize Athletic Performance.

Improving Sports and Artistic Performance Information about using hypnosis, guided imagery and visualization to enhance athletic and artistic performance.

Performance Enhancement - The Optimized Brain Performance Enhancement; Sports Performance; Thought and Artistic Skills ... all find that Brainwave Optimization can lead to new levels of performance.

Optimizing Nutrition for Sports Performance | Isagenix Health Aug. 2, 2012 ... Optimizing Nutrition for Sports Performance ... The coping strategies that the body has developed to combat oxidative stress.

Where Sports and Art Intersect Nov. 12, 2009... and spontaneous development, so it's very much in line with the Aesthletics philosophy - seeing sports as an artistic performance by the athletes.

The Talent Code: Greatness Isn't Born. It's Grown. Here's How ... Optimize your performance in sports, art, music, math, or just about anything. .... a testament to the remarkable potential we all have to learn and perform.

SportAccord World Artistic Games - SportAccord – International   Sept. 19, 2012 ... Fusing sporting performance with music and creative expression, the SportAccord World Artistic Games inspire the world.

The following internet links have been gleaned from personal communications
combined with information from public institutions and athletic organizations/
associations that have a web presence with information concerning team and
individual sports programs:

Sports Seminars
On-Line Seminars
Seminar Ideas
Off-Ice Seminars
Enhancing Endurance Training
Enhancing Coordination
Basic Skating Skills Courses
Video Clips of Basic Skating Skills
PDF  Weekly Off-Ice Workouts

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