The Learning Process
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a non-profit educational organization
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
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
instructors, and coaches. In every such successful program there is a
that inspires their athletes, even with a program of grueling training,
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
Anxiety has the opposite effect and the result is a negative affect
training environment and lowered expectations of competitive
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.
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.References:
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.
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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