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ERIC Number: EJ931576
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-0892-4562
Learning to See the Ball Using the Alexander Technique
Gosselin, Gaynelle
Strategies: A Journal for Physical and Sport Educators, v24 n5 p31-34 May-Jun 2011
This article begins with a personal anecdote from the author, for whom childhood P.E. classes were exercises in frustration and humiliation largely because she could not master the coordination needed to catch, throw, or hit a ball. She could not keep her eye on the ball despite well-meaning instruction from coaches, friends, and family members. It was only in her 30s, while training to become a teacher of the Alexander Technique that she learned to catch a ball. Alexander Technique instructors use a combination of verbal instruction and highly skilled manual guidance to reeducate students so that their movement patterns are more dynamic and efficient. Lessons are typically given on a one-to-one basis, but many instructors also offer group lessons and workshops. The basic principles may be applied to any activity. Before attempting to integrate these principles in an educational setting, it is recommended that the teacher seek lessons with a qualified Alexander Technique instructor. (Contains glossary.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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