By Tomasz Ondrusz
Within Snowsport England (SE) coaching scheme we tend to focus on developing skill which we understand as:
“The learned ability to bring about pre-determined results with maximum certainty and with minimum outlay of time or effort or both” (Barbara Knapp), in other words to do “what you intend with high repeatability and efficiency”.
The learners (whether beginners or elite performers) use feedback to modify their performance. Here feedback is a specific term meaning ‘Information used by the performer during a skilful performance’. This includes prior beliefs, memories, knowledge, as well as sensory information to which the skier is attending. This information will be modified by the performer’s perception and emotional state and will be used to automatically select their response.