Sports coaches all over the world have been devoted to the mindless repetition model of skills learning and mastery for the past 50 years. However, there is a huge difference between being able to perform sports skills well in training and being able to consistently perform sports skills under competition conditions, e.g. under fatigue, at high speed and under pressure. This article aims to challenge the old “practice makes perfect” coaching philosophy and replace it with a more competition focused approach of “Performance Practice”.
10000 hours to create a world class athlete. I don’t think so. Being the best is not about what you do…it’s how you do it. It’s understanding the difference between “content” and “intent” and that the attitude of an athlete to the way they train, prepare, compete and recover is what really makes a difference. This article and podcast challenges the 10000 hours concept and suggests that quality coaching and athlete engagement is what matters. Don’t count the training time….make the training time count.