Skills and Techniques

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  • A skill describes the purpose of linked sequences in movement.
  • Technique describes the way of completing a skill.

Skills should be carried out with maximum efficiency and performed with the minimum of effort. This means skill and technique can be completed without becoming physically tired. A skilful performer is one who can control physical movement and can anticipate what is going to happen next as different skills and techniques are completed.

Effects of Skills and Techniques on Performance

Simple skills - Simple skills are composed of physical actions which are common to many activities such as kicking, jumping, striking, throwing, stretching and rotating.
You learn these basic skills as you grow. This is on reason why taking part in a varied range of physical activities is so useful for your later sporting development.
Simple skills have basic movement patterns and require only modest decision-making.

Complex Skills - Complex skills involve difficult movements and greater decision-making than simple skills.


One effective approach for measuring your technique is through analysing your preparation, action and recovery.
This means that you analyse the


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