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     Generalized body coordination is cross transferable from most sports to other sports. Some sports have considerable similarities which allows specific skills associated with motor/muscle development, strength, and flexibility to be immediately transferable.

     Many coaches exclusively training beginners in their sports with only sport specific skills rather than
a wide variety of practice sessions where learners are taught how to develop multiple skills that enhances the all round muscle and motor skills development and general coordination, strength, flexibility, balance, and conditioning.

    Youth athletes should be exposed to breaking down skills and tactics into transferable skill sets that relate to the principles of training, fitness and health, and lifestyle planning. The theoretical basis of this concept places an emphasis on practical sessions where coaches develop running and sprinting techniques, judo instructors demonstrate roll techniques to get to your feet quicker, gymnastics coaches develop jumping techniques, ballet instructors demonstrate how rhythm influences body movement and coordination, etc. Throughout this training the athletes should meet in small groups to discuss and explore how skills and techniques from each sport can be used to improve their performance and the primarily sport that is their first love.

     Sports that have similar transferable skills:
  • Kicking skills - football, soccer,
  • Throwing skills - baseball, football, basketball, lacrosse
  • Catching skills - lacrosse, baseball, basketball, football
  • Hitting skills - baseball, tennis, badminton, table tennis
  • Blocking skills - football, hockey
  • Stamina/endurance - cross county running
    There is no definitive list of transferable skills: they are simply skills learned in one context that are useful in another and as such are highly valued by coaches. Athletes in general should have well developed intellectual, communication, organization and interpersonal skills.


The ABC's of Concentration in Gymnastics (gymnastics)     by Patrick J. Cohn

Figure Skating

FSRI's Sport Psychology Pages

Caroline Silby     a former world-class figure skater, now a practicing sports psychologist

University of Delaware Ice Skating Science Development Center     university-related facility that advertises sport psychology services for figure skaters

Indiana/World Skating Academy     organization that advertises sport psychology services for figure skaters

Shawna Palmer, published a book entitled "Get the Edge: Sport Psychology for Figure Skaters". It is out of print, but used copies may be acquired.  source -

The Mental Edge   Sandy Dupcak, Psy.D. Co-authored a fundamental handbook of sport psychology figure skaters and a book entitled  Preparation for Success: A Rower's Guide to Mental Training.


Mental Preparation for Hockey Players   by Patrick J. Cohn

How Do I Stop Dwelling on Mistakes?   by Patrick J. Cohn


Psychology of Sports

Sports Psychology

Role of Sports Psychology

Sociology of Sports


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:

Flow/Peak Performance
Focus & Concentration
Goals and Objectives
Goal Setting
Personal Sabotage
Self Fulfilling Prophecy

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