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Technology enhanced teaching and coaching of complex sport skills – An example of the acro-volley (sepaktakraw) power smash (kuda) and normal relay (sila) serve techniques

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This paper aims to demonstrate the use of a technology enhanced coaching framework to facilitate correct evaluation and interventions of two complex serve skills – the power smash (kuda) and normal relay (sila) serve in the game of acro-volley (sepaktakraw). The movement of each serve was captured using high-speed optical camera systems. Via technology, complex movements of sport skills are easily profiled and quantified in phases. Differences between techniques infer that the teaching and coaching of complex serve skills are technique specific. Key elements obtained via highspeed optical camera system provide a systematic understanding of movement proper. This serves to facilitate and enhances skill acquisition of each serve. The use of technology eliminates any trial-and-error and/or guesswork which are based on personal preferences and/or past playing experiences of athletes–turned–coach. The coaching framework via technology synergizes coaches and sports biomechanists role for enhanced coaching methodologies.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2008-07-01

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