Rates of Skill Acquisition

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Rates of Skill Acquisition

Some skills are acquired rapidly, while other take considerably time. Learning curves give an indication of individual’s rate of skill acquisition.

Learning Curves and Plateaus

Linear Curve

Performance improves as practice increases, practice is beneficial and successful


The Negatively Accelerated Curve

Practice first successful in early stages by then levels off. Learning slows but has not stopped


The Positively Accelerated Curve

Only small gains from practice in early sessions. Significant improvements in later stages


Implications of rate of learning

  • Needs to be aware of individual differences in athletes - Some learn fast, others slow
  • Some skills are easy, others quite hard
  • Training sessions designed accordingly and Individual practices vs group

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