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External vs. Internal Focus for Optimal Skill Acqusition

This week at Swimming Science we apply the concept of external focus versus internal focus for optimal skill acquisition.  External focus refers to focusing on the effect of movement on the environment whereas.  Research has overwhelmingly showed the superiority of external focus cues for maximizing movement efficiency.  Please go HERE for the complete post.  Although our specific application was to swimming, there are general points with applicability to the entire field of skill acquisition.  Also check the discussion below the main post in the comments section with feedback from coaches.   

We covered this topic previously HERE in my recap of the Arizona State National Strength and Conditioning Association annual conference at which Dr. Gabriele Wulf, the leading researcher in this area, was the keynote speaker.   

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