The Learning Process
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The Individualization Principle
The Individualization Principle dictates that sports training should be adjusted according to the individual age, gender, rate of progress, and previous skill development. The goal of individualization is to capitalize on the strengths while minimizing existing skill deficiencies.
Modifications to a basic training plan can consist of adjustments that are made for individual skill differences such as physical size, weight, medical conditions, injuries, motivational, emotion, and mental level.
It is essential that coaches and/or trainers invest the time and attention to develop a personalized training plan. The benefit that occurs is to accelerate the athlete's training progress.
Applying the Principle of Individualization
The goal of every coach and parent is to provide each child with the attention that makes them feel special, The following are offered as suggestions:
According to Simoneau and Bouchard (1998), athletes may have different biomotor abilities (strength, speed, endurance and co-ordination) due to genetic variance in physio- logical make-up. Research data from 4 studies provided enough evidence for Simoneau and Bouchard to conclude that the considerable variation between athletes in anaerobic performance can, to a large extent, be attributed to genetic factors.
Biological and chronological age have a very important bearing on determining the optimal training loads. A preadolescent and adolescent can be further divided into prepubertal, pubertal and postpubertal stages. In each stage a young athlete can be expected to display have different physiological characteristics which requires adjustments in training loads must be carefully considered in with respect of the athlete's background. It is important that coaches recognise that biological age is more relevant for planning training loads than is chronological age
The Individualization Principle for Sports Training The Individualization Principle dictates that sports training should be adjusted according to individual needs, such as age, gender, rate of progress, and previous skill development/experience.
Performance Coaching: The individualization of training For example, the 'principle of individualization' is one of Bompa's (1999) seven principles of training and the 'principle of individuality' is one of Rushall's seven principles of coaching.
Individualization Individualization as an educational principle, therefore, leads to training that is modified or customized to address the needs of individual participants.
PDF] Principles of Training Theory The basic principles and processes of training, so that they can evaluate training ... about the athlete as an individual, to personalize the most effective training program for an individual.
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