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This 16 minute video from Trevor Ragan of Train Ugly talks about how to optimize your practice with motor learning. Motor learning is the study of how people acquire skill through practice. Decades of research show that there are more effective ways to design our practices... Topics covered: • Block vs Random Practice • Motor Learning Principles • Read, Plan, Do - The Total Skill Shortcuts: Block v random practice: effects on skill acquisition – (8:01-8:40) Block v random practice: baseball study – (8:41-9:06) Block v random practice: basketball study – (9:07-9:16) To read his supporting blog post visit http://trainugly.com/portfolio/block-random-practice/
Interesting video that raises some good points. As part of the most recent Cricket coaching education I undertook we spent time debating whether what in Cricket terms we call Fixed (Block), Variable (Random) or Game Based (even more Random) was the best approach. After healthy discussion the upshot was that each has their time and place. The charts shown in the video make a compelling argument for randomising practice. Maybe an element of Block practice, excuse the upcoming pun, is useful for basic building blocks and then move on to random work to challenge the technique.There was a graphic which stated "Better ways to track progress. Measure improvements that you see in games rather than the ones you see in practice". I understand the point but by comparing delivery in practice with delivery in a competitive situation is it not possible to gain even greater insight can be gained about a performers progress? For example if a batter cleanly hits a significantly higher percentage of balls in random practice than in a game, even if the numbers are going up from game to game, that may be an indicator that their practice could be restructured to further improve skill?
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