The Learning Process
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Variations in TrainingShould All Training be the Same?
Variation in training helps to maintain a high level of interest and attention. Changing activities within a particular range of intensity or class of skills provides a freshness that prevents inattention. Variability of practice promotes learning and athlete's experience, reduces occurrences of staleness, and reduces the duration and/or intensity of plateaus.
Once athletes learn the fundamental movements of a skill, varying where they perform the element in practice sessions helps them learn to adapt to a competitive program choreographed to meet the well balanced program requirements by being able to make adjustments in the execution and location of required/optional items. Coaches should discourage favorite (lucky) spots to perform jumps, spins, etc..
Benefits of variations of tasks in practice sessions in training plan for competition:
Variation Training Variation is a great way to help maximize your on and off-ice training. Variation and Training The old saying that variety is the spice of life applies as much to training.
Individual variation in response to altitude training Histogram displaying variation in change.
The Variation Principle in Sports Training The variation principle suggests that minor changes in training regiments yield more consistent gains in sport performance.
The Physician and Sports medicine: Strength Training for Women American women first began strength training for sports in the 1950s.
Gender Issues Related to Males Coaching Female Athletes The greater muscle mass that males possess allows for greater strength. The female sports perspective. Women's Lives: Themes and Variations in Gender Learning.
Physical and Mental Training Considerations
Skill Development Environment:
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