With skill being the definition of being "goal directed movement activities". What is the correct way to improve such a skill? Does the model of learning as proposed by Fitts and Posner in 1967 with cognitive association theory still stand the test of time? How is this still applicable to Track and Field skill development? If expertise takes 7-10 years to develop are we not short-sighted in our development of track and field athletes in the United States? Are we leaving out the possibility that athletes from lesser backgrounds of motor learning have not developed the skills necessary to compete at the high levels expected in College Athletics? Does quality coaching in other sports lead to better transfer of skills to those athletes? I believe a lot kids and younger athletes are missing out on well defined general motor programs at early ages and develop specific skills necessary for one particular sport. The evidence is out there that skills are transferable even at the highest levels. So why not broaden the development of those skills at younger ages and focus less on competition?
These are just some of a few questions I am asking you to consider and respond to. Feel free to broaden the discussion with more questions and examples.