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Error Correction: Five Tips to Help “Fix It”

by Cheryl Coker, PhD
NSCA Coach June 2017
Vol 4, Issue 4

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Five evidence-based motor learning practices can bridge the gap between knowing what correction needs to be made and developing effective strategies to facilitate skill acquisition.

Communicating intricate technical details in a way that prompts an athlete to correct errors and enhance performance is a challenge faced by even the most experienced strength and conditioning coaches. However, five evidence-based motor learning practices can bridge the gap between knowing what correction needs to be made and developing effective strategies to facilitate skill acquisition. Those strategies will be the focus of this paper and are captured by the acronym “FIX IT,” which prompts strength and conditioning coaches to consider the use of (1) an external focus of attention, (2) inquiry, (3) exploration, (4) intervention through purposeful manipulation, and (5) strategies that target the underlying cause of the problem.

This article originally appeared in NSCA Coach, a quarterly publication for NSCA Members that provides valuable takeaways for every level of strength and conditioning coach. You can find scientifically based articles specific to a wide variety of your athletes’ needs with Nutrition, Programming, and Youth columns. Read more articles from NSCA Coach »

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Cheryl Coker

Cheryl Coker is a motor learning specialist who draws from her experiences as an athlete and coach to assist practitioners in putting theory into prac...

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