Dec 15, 2021
Season 3, Episode 7: The Whole Truth
Practice makes perfect, right? Well that depends on the nature of the skill and the type of practice. So when it comes to acquiring a motor skill, it’s possible you haven’t heard the whole truth. Conventional wisdom usually doesn’t distinguish between types of practice, other than more is better. In the Motor Learning world there are many different ways we define & design practice routines based on the desired outcome.
Broadly, practice can be conducted as a whole or in parts. Should we deconstruct the movement and practice one phase at a time? Or, perform the entire complex skill as one continuous movement?
Join PJ and GG as they dive into this topic and cover the research, the different layers of whole vs part practice, including concepts such as sequencing, sub-routines, discrete movements and more. Then, they’ll extrapolate the findings to practical applications and discuss their perspectives on how we can use this extraordinary information to help yourself or your clients in the gym.
In this episode we discuss:
Complexity: The number of parts and the amount of information processing demands that characterize a skill
Discrete motor skill: A skill with clearly defined movement beginning and end points, usually requiring a simple movement
Part practice: A practice condition in which a skill is broken down into several parts and each part is practiced independently
Subroutine: A strategy used for deconstructing movement down into constituent parts for the purpose of analyzing performance of each part
Whole practice: A practice condition in which a skill is practiced as one whole movement
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