# 14 Skills development: A constraints-led approach

“Relevant constraints leads to self expression and performance outcomes”

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In the episode 14 we discuss the different constraints that we can use to create functional solutions in training that trigger performance outcomes. What are the demands of the sport, the degree of variability in canoe slalom that can potentially be used and structured to plan an effective learning process.

We discuss 3 categories of constraints: Individual constraints, Environmental (physical, cultural) constraints, Task constraints; and how we can use those different types of constraints to modify the training environment to learn meaningful outcomes that match the “real stuff” of racing.

My belief is that each individual has his own way of moving and therefore we should structure learning environment to help each paddlers to develop their onw style as oppsoed to teach them one style. From this belief I am convinced that a successful training environment is a session where, by modifying relevant parameters, the athlete is guided towards his own way of dealing with things. I love to think that constraint is a path to freedom

You can undersatnd more by reading those 2 books:
– “Motor Learning in Practice: a constraints=led approach by I.Renshaw. K.Davids & P.Savelsbergh
– “Non Linear Pedagogy in skill acquisition: an introduction” by J.Y.Chow, K.Davids. C.Button, I.Renshaw


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