Providing effective feedback and instruction

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Ian Jeffreys

Effective coaching involves enhancing performance, and an effective coach will need to use multiple tools in order to elicit such gains. Two key tools available to the coach are instructions and feedback. Instructions provide guidelines as to how to perform a specific task, while feedback serves as a basis for correction of errors and guides the performer to the correct movement. Both are critical to effective learning. However, we have all probably encountered situations where our instructions and feedback do not have the desired effect, and even result in a decrement in performance.

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