altius wrote:The close relationship between these three activities - and the fact that this relationship is clearly understood by the athletes - along with the close time links involved - means that transfer of learning is more likely than not to occur.
The key point is that athletes do not need to understand they should pull - all you do is give them plenty of jumps - up to 40 - from six steps stiff pole over gradually raised bars. The brain/body nexus (marvellous thing that it is) sorts the problem out without conscious thought or the need for any cues and the athlete will begin to the right things in the right sequence without any help from you. In the same way that it will do the right things when you ask athletes to swing on a rope to get their feet as high as they can up the rope.
I think the key to these comments is Reps and allow the athletes to learn partly on their own. To many are coaching with their mouths instead of with their eyes and ears. Don't tell the athlete what they should be feeling ask them what did you feel. Why did you go crocked, why did you flag out basically ask probing questions so they learn. This is also a great way to identify what they are really thinking. You may say ok Turn Left, but in their brain right sounds so much better. The whole time your saying turn left turn left and they are going turn right. Till they say well I thought turn right your just pulling your hair out. Perception of the athlete is dangerous and is why to many coaches talking to one athlete can be so dangerous. For some time now so many are attempting to program movements that should be automatically done. We just need to get out of the way and allow them to be done.
I sure hope this isn't lost in the inner fighting over who is right and who is wrong. Are you teaching something that is automatic... Are you going against automatic....
I constantly tell my athletes the goals of a cue is to stop you from doing something you shouldn't be doing. To keep you on the right path and your brain from wondering to things that won't help you. The things we do correct should be happening without thinking.
Less coaching with your mouths more coaching with your ears.