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Excerpts — Coaching Excellence

Physical development and maturation in young athletes

The evaluation of younger athletes is heavily influenced by their individual rates of physical development and maturation.

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Techniques for developing speed in all athletes

Speed and power are critical for success in racing sports (swimming, cycling and running); all field and court sports; acrobatic, racquet, combative and bat and ball sports; and power sports such as track and field.

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Methods of movement analysis

A number of methods are used in analysing movement. The method selected depends on the knowledge and experience of the observer and the context in which the analysis is being performed. The three main methods of analysing the biomechanics of sport movements are movement phases, free body diagrams and deterministic models.

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Developing interceptive skills with temporal occlusion

Interceptive actions common in tasks such as cricket batting and playing tennis also emphasise the importance of practising the perceptual component in connection with the physical aspect of a skill.

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