Chapter 6 discusses making changes to an athlete’s already learnt, long-practised and well-established skill is a common challenge for most coaches. Despite this, however, most scientific literature focuses on the acquisition of entirely new skills in novices or how, once a skill has been acquired, it can be successfully performed under challenging conditions (e.g., fatigue of psychological stress). Positively, coaches’ awareness of key distinctions between these outcomes and what has been termed ‘skill refinement’ has grown in recent years, as research has begun to explore the process and tools for implementing such a process in greater depth. In this chapter, we provide an up-to-date review of studies addressing the outcome of skill refinement within the literature, provide examples of how to implement skill refinement for different classifications of skill, comment on future research and coaching development and, finally, offer some key take-home messages for coaches. Our perspective is that skill refinement is effectively addressed as a cognitively grounded process, enabled by the interdisciplinary Five-A Model. This model, even though initially designed for closed and self-paced skills, offers a mechanistic basis for other more open and/or continuous skills with subtle modification to the associated tools.
|Title of host publication||Practical Sports Coaching|
|Place of Publication||London|
|Number of pages||15|
|ISBN (Print)||9781032017105, 9781032017082|
|Publication status||Published - Mar 2022|