The M&M approach: using mental and mechanical strategies in your teaching and coaching

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Christopher K. Rhea, Associate Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: 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. The M&M approach proposes a holistic incorporation of these strategies 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.

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Strategies: A Journal for Physical and Sport Educators, 20(5), 14-18.
Language: English
Date: 2007
mental technique, mechanical technique, training programs, coaching strategy, teaching strategy

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