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Training Environment Execute a task or skill (learning) Execute a task or skill correctly (practice) Execute a task or skill correctly over and over again (experience/conditioning) Performance Envir…

Training Environment
Execute a task or skill (learning)
Execute a task or skill correctly (practice)
Execute a task or skill correctly over and over again (experience/conditioning)

Performance Environment
Execute a task or skill (learning)
Execute a task or skill correctly (practice)
Execute a task or skill correctly over and over again (experience/conditioning)

What's the difference between the two environments? The context in which how the skill or task is used and to what extent other variables are present. What would these be? Environmental variables (setting/stimuli). Strength and conditioning requirements different from the practice environment (reacting and responding, unpredictability of competition;). Internal variables both mental and physiological (stress). Experience in the performance environment or lack there of (frame of reference to compare to). Leadership or lack there of (learn good strategies).

Now we could supplant the task or skill with any activity in the training environment or as most call the weight-room. There's a vast different between executing a skill or lift and doing it correctly. There's a vast difference between doing it correctly and being able to do it correctly for repetition.
Now, there's a quantum leap between the two environments, training and performance, too.

So, what can we learn from the training environment in relation to the performance environment? I think the value is in both learning how to execute a task correctly and then conditioning the body in preparation for executing a task correctly outside of the training environment (on demand). In the weight-room, we really should be building a contextual reference for athletes to understand the same process occurs on the playing field or the battlefield. Right? We could just supplant the task or skill with a serve, a swing, a shot, a play, a stride, a throw, a series, or a combat maneuver.

So, my question where are you in this teaching progression? Is it more important for you to have your athletes simply execute a strength and/or conditioning task (lazy) or do it correctly (discipline). Once learned correctly, where is the context to start to relate training to the needs of performance. We have to move beyond the frame of reference of simply lifting a barbell off of the ground from point A to point B and then marveling at the accomplishment without considering was the lift performed correctly? This pathway just reinforces bad habits. Rather, I should be asking in what measurable manner is what I'm doing going to better prepare athletes to NOT JUST compete on the playing field BUT to execute. We don't want to foster merely competition as that comes out of bravado, rather we want to foster execution and/or correctness. This gets back to what Vern Gambetta wrote recently, why am I doing what I'm doing? Do I really understand the science that underlies the physiological and mental needs of the athlete population or am I doing what I do regardless of the needs?

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