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Training Factors

There is a different between recreational and competitive training
       Each athlete must undergo the proper training in order to acquire the physical requirements for each sport. However, training is a process, not a destination.  Recognizing this is an important concept to substitute for "winning at any cost!"

      Athletic programs that are better able to retain individuals, usually attract those athletes who are highly motivated and possess a positive self image. Such programs support the development of a close knit community of athletes who share positive interactions between athletes, instructors, and coaches. In every such successful program there is a coach that inspires their athletes, even with a program of grueling training, they are excited by the positive and dynamic training environment.

      Participants in a sport who have a significant involvement, interest or love, for the sport are more likely to rapidly acquire skills because they look forward to each training session and learning new skills. Anxiety has the opposite effect and the result is a negative affect training environment and lowered expectations of competitive performance.

      Some individuals tend to "over think" each task they undertake. Thus the enjoyment factor of training is lessened because to causes a greater level of caution to be used which impacts the confidence level of the participant.

      The individual who has highly developed concentration skills can focus their mind on the job or task being undertaken. The lack of distraction greatly assists in the learning process. The level of concentration may vary depending on the task and can have a negative affect on outcome by reducing their ability to achieve success through incremental achievement.

      Self motivation has one of the greatest impacts on the sports persons ability to achieve. Low/poor levels of motivation is rewarded with low/poor achievement levels. The individual who is highly motivated consistently achieves higher levels of success. This is certainly true of the single player sports where the ability to gather ones focus and motivate oneself can not be replaced by external influences.

Skill Acquisition Affects Performance
       Due to the uniqueness of individuals, we all learn at different rates. The speed at which an individual learns is dependent upon the combination of many personal characteristics. For learners there are countless variables at play in skill acquisition. They include inherited physical, social and emotional factors.

Sources - HSC Online

      All forms of ice skating sports will help you to, not only develop your skills, but also develop self discipline whether you are an active competitor or just looking increase your level of skating skill.

Recommended Reading:

Competition stress in sport performers  Examination of the performance and organizational stressors encountered by elite and non-elite athletes within the competition environment.

Importance of Youth Involvement in Sports  Participation in competitive team sports at an early age gives children an opportunity to understand the healthy aspects of competition in a friendly environment.

Benefits of Competitive Sports Not Always Clear-cut   Oct. 5, 2011  The Athlete's Sports Experience: Making A Difference and comprehensive developmental nature of the competitive sports environment.

Physical Education & Sports Policy for Schools   The Physical Education and Sports Program's learning environment suggests competitive sport should contribute to the health and well being of the student.

PDF STAY AND PLAY The rules in non-competitive sport can be changed to suit the participants and environment to ensure everyone can 'play' and that no one is excluded.

PDF  Unit 28: The Athlete's Lifestyle Guided learning hours: 60. Aim and purpose. The aim of this unit is for learners to develop an understanding of the lifestyle factors that can affect athletics.

  • Using the Business Strategy for Sports   In sports, also, strategy is valuable for achieving the competitive edge that comes from ... resources and capabilities are matched to the competitive environment.
  • Coaches' Corner: Making Youth Sports Safe and Enjoyable   Many youngsters enter organized sports programs before age 6, and ... playing techniques can only be learned in a supervised sports environment, ... Competitive sports may increase the potential for psychological harm to certain youngsters.
  • Anxiety In Sports  May 6, 2010 ... Anxiety in sport is most common in competitive sports environments and could also be termed competitive stress.
  • PDF Youth Sports: Innocence Lost   In a competitive sport environment the rules are guarded by officials and the important decisions are made by the coaches.


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

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