Cue Staleness

Last month I wrote about the importance of finding the right cue to use to improve technique. Each athlete responds individually to technical cues, so what works for me may not work for you. But the process of coaching technique does not end once you find the right cue. As my friend Derek Evely pointed out, cue staleness is a big issue that coaches fail to deal with.

Just as the process of adaptation diminishes the effect of a particular exercise after focusing on it for a while, the effectiveness of a technical cue also wears off. After focusing one one technical point in the same way for a month, it is time to try a new approach. You can always come back to the old approach and it will likely work again with renewed freshness, but you have to keep changing if you want to make progress.


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  1. […] The difference between knowing the problem and fixing the problem is what seperates great coaches from average ones. This is the art of coaching. I love reading about how master coaches approach this topic and have written several times about finding the right cue and when to change it. […]

  2. […] a cue is the most important step, but one thing I find when coaching is that after a while the cues go stale and you need a new cue in order to keep progressing on the same technical point. Do you experience […]

  3. […] to find the cue that they best respond to, and even that changes with the same athlete as they grow stale to the same inputs. Second, you may have to focus on one part of the throw to fix a completely […]

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