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  • Perceptions of training and deliberate practice of middle distance runners.

    Author(s) : Young, B. W.Salmela, J. H.

    Author Affiliation : School of Human Kinetics, University of Ottawa, 550 Cumberland, Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 6N5, Canada.

    Journal article : International Journal of Sport Psychology 2002 Vol.33 No.2 pp.167-181 ref.19

    Abstract : Ericsson, Krampe, and Tesch-Römer's framework for the acquisition of expertise described deliberate practice as trainingtrainingSubject Category: Disciplines, Occupations and Industries
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    most relevant for the improvement of performance within any domain. The object of this study was to specifically test Ericsson et al.'s definition of deliberate practice with Canadian middle distance runners. 81 runners rated lists of track practice activities, track-related activities, and everyday activities according to: each activity's relevance for improving performance; the amount of effort and concentration required to perform each activity; and how enjoyable they considered their participation in each activity. Contrary to the original conception of deliberate practice, results indicated that the most relevant and the most effortful activities were also perceived as most enjoyable. No significant differences were found between national, provincial, and club performance groups in terms of the athlete's perceptions of the activities. Finally, middle distance runners' practice activities were identified according to a modified conception of deliberate practice for sport.

    ISSN : 0047-0767

    Record Number : 20033062510

    Publisher : Edizioni Luigi Pozzi

    Location of publication : Rome

    Country of publication : Italy

    Language of text : English

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    Descriptor(s) : athletesathletesSubject Category: People Groups
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    , attitudesattitudesSubject Category: Miscellaneous
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    , exerciseexerciseSubject Category: Activities
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    , perceptionperceptionSubject Category: Miscellaneous
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    , runningrunningSubject Category: Activities
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    , sport performancesport performanceSubject Category: Properties
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    , trainingtrainingSubject Category: Disciplines, Occupations and Industries
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    Identifier(s) : athletic performanceathletic performanceSubject Category: Properties
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    Geographical Location(s) : CanadacanadaSubject Category: Geographic Entities
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    Broader term(s) : APEC countriesapec countriesSubject Category: Institutions and Organisations
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    , Commonwealth of Nationscommonwealth of nationsSubject Category: Institutions and Organisations
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    , Developed Countriesdeveloped countriesSubject Category: Miscellaneous
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    , North Americanorth americaSubject Category: Geographic Entities
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    , AmericaamericaSubject Category: Geographic Entities
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    , OECD Countriesoecd countriesSubject Category: Institutions and Organisations
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