Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

JSSM

Faculty

Faculty of Computing, Health and Science

School

School of Exercise and Health Sciences

RAS ID

14807

Comments

This article was originally published as: Cheong, J. P. G., Lay, B., Grove, J. R., Medic, N., & Razman, R. (2012). Practicing field hockey skills along the contextual interference continuum: A comparison of five practice schedules. Journal of sports science & medicine, 11(2), 304. Original article available here

Abstract

To overcome the weakness of the contextual interference (CI) effect within applied settings, Brady (2008) recommended that the amount of interference be manipulated. This study investigated the effect of five practice schedules on the learning of three field hockey skills. Fifty-five pre-university students performed a total of 90 trials for each skill under blocked, mixed or random practice orders. Results showed a significant time effect with all five practice conditions leading to improvements in acquisition and learning of the skills. No significant differences were found between the groups. The findings of the present study did not support the CI effect and suggest that either blocked, mixed, or random practice schedules can be used effectively when structuring practice for beginners.

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