[i]Originally posted by Phoenix[/i]
As for arms we must look at what cues cause the right response at high speeds. Arm action should progress from violent to quick from the early stages to top speed. I like to have the athletes cue speed and violence over angles in the begining….running is rather natural and I think we tend to error in overcoaching. It’s so tempting to say something after each run or give technical advise but we need to sometimes keep our mouth shut at times and plan a skill for another day to teach via simple and focused drills without speaking….
i agree… athletes can be addicted to feedback… and we can be addicted to giving it… learning when to say what is an art and varies from athlete to athlete. I did a bunch of motor learning research a few yrs ago and there’s a good body of literature that suggest limiting feedback is helpful for the athlete in the long-term.