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Athlete's Retention of Coach's Instruction on Task Presentation and Feedback

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This study analyze the coach's instruction during practice sessions on the task presentation and feedback, studying the coherency between coach information and the athlete retention in relation to the athletes' school level. The participants were forty-two gymnastics' athletes from different academic levels (elementary, middle and high school). The results showed that the coherency between coach information and athlete retention is similar in both instructional events and a substantive part, almost 40%, is not retained by athletes. In the feedback, we didn't verify differences in the information retained according to academic levels. In task presentation the athletes belonging to elementary schools showed the lowest values of retention, demonstrating a significant difference between middle and high school athletes. These results suggest that athletes retention tends to be more difficult when the information is longer, less contextualized and doesn't refer specifically to any specific motor task.
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Keywords: FEEDBACK; INSTRUCTION; RETENTION OF INFORMATION; TASK PRESENTATION

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: February 1, 2008

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