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Processing Of Information

All sensory input into the mind must be processed and sorted for action or stored in memory
The mind of an athlete must be taught to process information quickly to react to an opponent's moves in sports where there is a one-on-one or team competition. Making it to the elite level requires the ability to optimally perform the following qualities: ability to anticipate, quickly accelerate, endurance, top speed, agility, excellent technique, outstanding coordination, and quickness of response to external inputs.

        Physical abilities are required to make consistent plays or perform at a high level. However to play a sport on an elite level, athletes must acquire the quality of mind speed in addition to physical speed.

        Actually what matters is the subconscious muscle reactions that causes ability to act and react at a fraction of a second faster than everyone else. A mere tenth of a second improvement in reaction time can make a tremendous difference.

        It is not enough for the brain to quickly reaction to situations. The decisions must be good decisions. Talent, physical training, and conditioning are important, but it may not be enough to overcome an opponent with a trained and superior mind.

The Successful Coaching Requires More than Knowledge about Sport Specific Skills.
        Successful coaches are able to teach the necessary technical and performance skills while preparing the skater mentally for testing and competing.

        Students learn differently. Training must be customized to their physical, mental, social, and emotional needs.

        Coaches who are aware of the how their students process information are able to create an enhanced learning experience for the skater.

        Communication skills are essential to become a successful coach. They are able to identify how to use one or more of the learning approaches that connect with the skater:
  • Visual processing
  • Auditory processing
  • Kinesthetic processing
  • A combination of all of the above.
        Understanding how a skater receives and processes information allows a coach to set goals for their skater that will allow them the opportunity to maximize their participation and potential.

References: - information and education for coaches Coaches using visual aids to supplement their instruction, feedback, and discussions will enhance the visual learning athlete's ability to process information.

Information processing   Information processing and memory. ... The aim of this lesson is to learn about the way in which information is processed within the brain and reacted to

PDF Factors Influencing the Development of Elite Athlete  Furthermore, there is no empirical support for the idea that there is a gene that predisposes an athlete to superior information processing.


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:

The System of Learning
Topics of Learning
PDF  Attentional Focus

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