Formulating effective movement problems

A big part of effective coaching is formulating appropriate movement problems for you athletes to solve. Here are three things I consider:

  1. Learn when to use explicit learning or implicit learning methods – learning to balance the two is a skill.
  2. Learn to use constraints that will challenge the athlete and lead them to the solution
  3. Develop task-appropriate cues – Use action words and clear metaphors

Movement problems for an elite athlete will look and feel different than those for a beginner. Ultimately the goal at any level is to reinforce the basics and instill competence and confidence.

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