on deliberate practice

Wendy Bruce Martin posted an excellent article on Ericsson’s concept of deliberate practice (PDF).

1. The lesson must have clear goals.

2. The lesson must include specific tasks to increase performance.

3. The lesson must include constant monitoring and feedback.

Deliberate training is not as fun and exciting as just chucking tumbling passes. …

Is All Training Created Equal?

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making workout more FUN

From the Sports Girls Play blog:

One of the biggest challenges coaches face is keeping athletes interested, motivated, and improving all year (or season) long. This is particularly important in sports where there is a lot of repetition and long hours. …

Play Games …

Change Things Up …

Offer Rewards …

Put The Athletes In Charge …

click through for the details – Incorporating Fun Into Workouts

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handling disappointment

Advice from Anne Josephson on these all too common challenges:

1. Not Moving Up a Level.

2. Not Qualifying for a Major Meet or Blowing it When You Get There.

3. An Injury at an Inopportune Time.

4. Losing a Skill.

5. A Mental Block or Major Fear.

6. A Plateau.

7. A Disappointing (or an Even Worse than Last Season) Season.

7 SETBACKS MOST GYMNASTS EVENTUALLY FACE (AND HOW THEY CAN REBOUND FROM THEM)

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related – 9 BELIEFS THAT WILL (EVENTUALLY, PROBABLY) LEAD YOUR GYMNAST TO QUIT (OR AT LEAST BE VERY UNHAPPY)