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PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT??? WELL HOLD ON…
- Human movement contains tiny variable differences in supposedly repetitive motions. Seemingly identical movements may not be identical, after examination of tiny micro-variations in motions of sport skills.
- There may be a correlation in elite motor performance and the ability to adapt to this inherent movement variability.
- Current pedagogy techniques like occlusion training, compensation and basic cross-training already encourage neural adaptations in movement. The concept of variability of movement supports for the mechanisms behind the effectiveness of these techniques.
- Research suggests the ability to adapt (movement adaptation strategies) can be taught, to help an athlete adjust to the inherent movement variability for better performance.
- Purposely training the ability to adapt, i.e. training kinesthetic awareness, instead of training to perfect, will improve motor performance.
- See also Deliberate Practice