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Optimizing Feedback in the Pool

In recent months we’ve discussed the language of feedback (external vs. internal focus cues), how to unlearn old habits, and video tools for teaching. We’ve also explored auditory stimuli (Beep Beep Beep) and visual stimuli (Mirror Neurons). This week we’ll cover a related concept, the science of feedback in skill acquisition and retention. 

In addition to those covered previously, there are several considerations for optimizing feedback:
Timing – How soon after the task do you offer feeback
Frequency – How often do you provide feedback? After every length (novice swim lessons) or between sets with advanced swimmers?
Extrinsic vs. intrinsic feedback – Examples of extrinsic feedback include verbal cues or watching a video. Generally extrinsic feedback is associated with skill acquisition. Intrinsic feedback involves how the body internalizes the desired feeling. Intrinsic feedback is more associated with retention.
Mode of delivery – Visual, auditory, tactile (I suppose taste may also be a possibility gulping down salt water in open water swimming!)
For the complete post, please go HERE to Swimming Science.


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