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ERIC Number: EJ794513
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-0892-4562
The M&M Approach: Using Mental and Mechanical Strategies in Teaching and Coaching
Rhea, Chris K.; Wisdom, Stacey
Strategies: A Journal for Physical and Sport Educators, v20 n5 p14-18 May-Jun 2007
Mental and mechanical (M&M) techniques are very useful in teaching and coaching. Mental techniques are strategies that enhance movement through psychological preparation, such as using imagery to practice a skill. Mechanical techniques are strategies that enhance the physical side of the movement, such as correcting the biomechanics of a golf swing to increase the distance on a drive. Unfortunately, apprehension from not knowing how to effectively employ these strategies deters many teachers and coaches from incorporating mental and mechanical techniques into their curricula and practices. This article describes how these strategies can be incorporated into everyday teaching and coaching, including four simple examples of mental skills and suggestions for using a qualitative analysis to improve students' and athletes' mechanics. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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