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Old 12-17-2012
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Default Neural Adaptation in Designing a Task for Drills

Terry mentions in his post regarding TI's task design is to modify the task slightly as often as feasible in practice sets.

Was wondering if using the TI task design (Neural Adaptation)for practing drill sets would the outcome show similiar results as it does when apllying it to practice sets.

For example would our brains and CNS process information differently by practing one drill for hours at a time compared to frequently varying the type of drills with each practice. (realizing of course how important it is to master one drill before going to the next)

When we intergrate drills with whole stroke during practice do you we learn and process the task at hand better than when practicing drills seperately?
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Terry mentions in his post regarding TI's task design is to modify the task slightly as often as feasible in practice sets.

Was wondering if using the TI task design (Neural Adaptation)for practing drill sets would the outcome show similiar results as it does when apllying it to practice sets.

For example would our brains and CNS process information differently by practing one drill for hours at a time compared to frequently varying the type of drills with each practice. (realizing of course how important it is to master one drill before going to the next)

When we intergrate drills with whole stroke during practice do you we learn and process the task at hand better than when practicing drills seperately?
The answer is yes, but this is not to be rushed. This is the process of chunking and scaffolding.

Example:
Three focal points A, B & C
Beginner practice:
4 x 25 Focal Point A
4 X 25 Focal Point B
4 x 25 Focal Point B

Intermediate Practice:
9 x 75, each 75 as follows
#1-3 each 25, FP A, then B, then C
#4-6 each 25 FP B, then A, then C
#7-9 each 25 FP C, then B, then B


Advanced Practice
4 x 100
by 25s:
AB , BC, CA, ABC

Or an entire set of A+B (or B+C)

etc.

the exact combos may very, but the principals are the same whether focal points or drills.

Scaffolding may then involve layering another thought on top of the chunked focal points such as addign a tempo trainer to the drill or stroke.

Eventually the chunked thoughts (A+B) become a single movement, like two letters together than make a new sound (T + H = TH)

These little building blocks are what makes a full stroke eventually, and you can implement the "mental confusion" for any process of learning...but not too soon.

It's tricky because many learners will try to do this while swimming when first learning:
1000 yd swim, focal points A, b, c, d, e, f, g, h, i, j, k, l, m, n ....

Which clearly doesn't work well. but if you can do 4 x 25 of A, then doing 4 x 25 of A+B together is a safe bet. Go ahead and try A+B+C to test where your limits are.


This explanation was a bit longer as I know you understand a lot of this, but others will be reading. The point is that adding a challenge just beyond your current grasp is an effective way to learn pretty much anything.
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Coach Suzanne- That's awesome stuff!..Thanks for the helpful information.
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