University of Limerick Institutional Repository

Skill acquisition practices of coaches on the British para swimming world class programme

DSpace Repository

You will not be able to submit new items to the ULIR while we upgrade to the new research repository. If you wish to add items, or have any questions about the new system, please contact the ULIR administrator at We are sorry for any inconvenience.

Show simple item record Powell, D. Wood, G. Kearney, Philip Edward Payton, C. 2021-07-15T07:27:11Z 2021-07-15T07:27:11Z 2021
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract This study set out to gain insight into the practices adopted by elite level Paralympic swimming coaches and to shed light on the knowledge and rationale underpinning their approaches. Coaching sessions were delivered by nine senior coaches from the British Para swimming (BPS) World Class Programme. A coaching session was observed from each coach and a semi-structured interview was recorded and transcribed to explore their intentions and rationale for the structure and content of the session delivered. Results indicated that coaches: (i) predominantly emphasised internal focus instruction and feedback cues, (ii) incorporated relatively low levels of between-skill variability and higher levels of within-skill variability, and (iii) applied mostly explicit learning techniques such as part-task training and verbal feedback, but also incorporated some implicit learning techniques such as analogies and constraints-based learning. Interview data indicated coaches had limited knowledge of key skill acquisition principles. The study serves to highlight potential gaps in understanding on the side of both research and applied practice in the hope of facilitating future collaborations between coaches and skill acquisition practitioners. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher SAGE en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching;0(0), pp. 1–14
dc.subject Analogies en_US
dc.subject constraints-led approach en_US
dc.title Skill acquisition practices of coaches on the British para swimming world class programme en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.1177/17479541211026248
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US

Files in this item

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record

Search ULIR


My Account