VERBAL INSTRUCTIONS AND PRACTICE SCHEDULES: TWO INFLUENTIAL VARIABLES FOR SPORT SKILL ACQUISITION AND PERFORMANCE
Magill, R.A., Louisiana State University, USA
Coaches and teachers influence the learning and performance of sport skills by the instructional techniques and practice scheduling approaches they use in the practice environment. In this presentation, these two practice-related variables are considered in terms of how specific approaches to each can influence sport skill acquisition and performance. Of particular interest are (1) the application of our knowledge about implicit learning to verbal instructions, and (2) the application of our knowledge about the contextual interference effect to scheduling events during practice sessions. Relevant research findings are discussed for each variable along with some consideration of how these findings generalize to sport skill learning and performance contexts.