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Swim Science Newsletter
August 2020
ISCA Reduces Certification Program Cost
Tribute to Dr. Anders Ericsson
It is with great regret we note the passing of internationally renowned psychologist, Dr. Anders Ericsson. He was best known for his research on “deliberate practice” and his finding that expertise was the result of practice and not talent. Dr. Ericsson was commonly referred to as “the expert on how to be an expert.” He was a professor at Florida State University, a brilliant scholar, and a kind and thoughtful person. Dr. Ericsson died suddenly at his home in Tallahassee, Florida. Applications of his deliberate practice concept to swimming are widespread and were discussed recently on a Swimming Science video.
Coaches Rely on Traditional Skill Acquisition
Twenty elite Australian coaches were interviewed in a recent study on perspectives toward skill acquisition (Brackley, Barris, Tor, & Farrow, 2020).
The coaches cautioned that:
  • practice should be specific “to the intended performance outcomes”
  • the group plan must be individualized “because everybody’s going to respond different”
  • constant attention is necessary and to not allow swimmers “to do a drill on their own”
  • it was common to get “caught up in doing the volume day after day”
  • there are “potential negative consequences associated with over- or misuse of drills”
The authors concluded that, while coaches mix traditional and contemporary skill acquisition theories in their training programs, the traditional approach is dominant.
Questions about technique, training, etc?
ISCA has established a network of sport scientists. Send us a question and we will respond in the next newsletter.
Name, Country, Science Discipline
Dr Raul Arellano, Spain, Biomechanics
Dr Rod Havriluk, USA, Biomechanics
Dr Gina Sacilotto, Australia, Biomechanics
Dr John Heil, USA, Psychology
Dr Ina Harizanova, USA, Psychology
Dr Li Jing, China, Psychology
Dr Joel Stager, USA, Physiology
Dr Ernie Maglischo, USA, Physiology
Dr Dave Salo, USA, Physiology
Dr Ted Becker , USA, Physical Therapy
Dr Stephen Black, USA, Physical Therapy
Dr John Mullen, USA, Physical Therapy
J R Rosania, USA, Strength Training
Abby Knox, Canada, Nutrition
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