The following article, in a proposed series will provide another best practice-research based solution, which originates from the systems model approach of Closed Skill Development (CSD) as applied to and through the example of elite Hammer Throwers. In an earlier published article by the author, ‘Myths and Misconceptions on the Use of Drills for Closed Skill Development’, published in the periodical “The Coach”, No 29 July/August 2005, and the most recent article, “An aid for Coaches in the Understanding of How We Learn” and it’s applications in Closed Skill Development”, published in January 2012, it is contended that the successful application and use of CSD on the practice field depends largely on a coaches knowledge quotient of training principles as well as knowledge of their respective athletes cognitive information processing feedback loops.
As was demonstrated in the earlier manuscript, these feedback loops manifest themselves in the form of an athlete’s actions and reactions that allow coaches and their athletes to analyse precise sensory/action inputs and corresponding motor/skill outputs via brain function. In particular, the author described a real world example of how this gap in coaching knowledge of CSD adversely effected the international competitive performance among elite hammer throwers in the United Kingdom over the past 40 years.
Accordingly, the following article will define one of the most prominent aspects of historical training practices, that being the indiscriminate use of totally inappropriate practice drills as the primary culprit in contributing to the coaching community’s ignorance and its subsequent malpractice of CSD in the field of hammer throwing and athletic training in general. Specifically to these points, the information and research provided unequivocally demonstrates why it makes no sense to use a drill if that drill does not perfectly align to the brain and motor requirements of the particular development stage of the individual athlete and the bio-mechanics of the event movements.
Download: The Adverse Impacts of using Non – Specialised Practice Drills in support of Athletic training and Closed Skills Development In particular Inappropriate drills for Intermediate and Elite hammer throwers