Thursday, April 15, 2010

Words of Wisdom - Mel Siff on Technique

Bold and italices added for emphasis.

The working-effect of a sporting movement is simply the result of the specific form of organisation and control of one's interaction with the environment. However, the fundamental concept of sports technique appears not merely as the organisation of the motor components of the sporting movement, but also as the athlete's ability to manage the external conditions competently and exploit the possibilities which they offer.
This ability is the result of many years of perfecting the motor functions and optimising use of all the body's systems. If this is so, then sports technique is the result of a certain form of the process developing over time, and consequently, as a specific scientific concept, it includes time coordinates. This determines an important principle, namely that sports technique is not a constant, which can be achieved once, but is the result of continued progress from a lower to a higher level of perfection. (Verkhoshansky, 1977).
This suggests that sports technique is widely understood in theory and practice as a means of solving motor problems. Strictly speaking, sports technique is a system of movement, representing not so much a means of solving motor problems, as the specific motor problem itself, which the athlete must solve every time he executes a sports exercise. Consequently, sports technique consists of the search for and the learning of relevant motor methods that provide the best way to use [the] one's motor potential.

- Supertraining, Fourth Edition (Siff), p. 122


Boris Terzic said...

Great qoute.

Charlie said...

The secret to success is endless "correct" repetitions of technique.

In a discussion of the time course of training adaptions, Stephen Seiler ( points out the achieving your maximum potential VO2max, takes about 1 year. Achieving your maximal lactate tolerance about 3 more years. At this point they plateau and can only be maintained against age related losses.

Technical skill in a sport, however, can continue to improve throughout one's lifetime, given continued correct practice. This contributes to efficiency and economy in movement and thus to improved (or maintained) performance in the face of aging.

Boris said...

Thanks Boris.