Practice Must Resemble the Game

In his consulting role with Sports Relations, Mark Upton provides coaches with assistance and expertise in practice design. In this video post he delves into a subject that is always topical – the value of repetition in skill development.

Earlier this week Daniel Coyle wrote a blog post regarding skill improvement methods and used the example of the Navy SEAL’s training for the raid on Bin Laden’s compound. His emphatic finishing point was the importance of repetition in training, but he also highlighted some other key ingredients that are being overlooked.

In the video below I expand on the topic of repetition in developing team sport skills – reinforcing the critical factors and type of repetition that maximise transfer from practice to the “real match”. Please share your thoughts on this topic in the comments form below.

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