Practice Methods

Practice Methods

Distributed Practice -

  • Regular breaks
  • Skill practiced in short bursts
  • Mental rehearsal can be practiced
  • Breaks can include activities that aren't related to the main practice as long as they won't cause negative transfer
  • For example, a basketball player may play table tennis during their rest periods

Massed Practice -

  • Very little to no rest periods
  • High intensity
  • Continuous training method
  • For example, repeatedly practicing shooting in netball

Varied Practice -

  • The performer comes into contact with a range of experiences
  • Relevant experiences are stored in the long-term memory and can be used for motor programmes in the future
  • For closed skills, the practice conditions must remain constant to resemble the 'true life' situation
  • It is useful for open skills as it allows performers to experience a number of diverse situations that can be stored in the long-term memory and be revisited if the situation occurs again
  • For example, it can be used for a footballer to have a range of experiences that can help in a game

Fixed Practice -

  • The environment is fixed and doesn't change, therefore…

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