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Front. Sports Act. Living | doi: 10.3389/fspor.2019.00061

Skill training periodisation in applied sports coaching - An introduction of the conceptual ‘PoST’ framework for skill development

 Fabian W. Otte1*, Sarah-Kate Millar2 and  Stefanie Hüttermann1
  • 1German Sport University Cologne, Germany
  • 2Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand

Across sports and movement science, training periodisation has been recognised as key for athlete development and performance. While periodisation with regard to physiology has a proven history, the structuring and periodisation of motor learning and skill development is seemingly less researched and practiced. Despite the existence of numerous theoretical accounts underpinning skill acquisition training and more recently emerging periodisation models, a cohesive conceptual framework to support practitioners on the ground in adequately periodising skill training environments appears to be needed. In order to fill this gap, the current conceptual paper seeks to review and transfer contemporary skill acquisition training theory (driven by the constraints-led approach) into a practically-applicable ‘Periodisation of Skill Training’ framework (‘PoST’ framework). This framework provides valuable conceptual and practical support for coaches, so as to enhance adaptive movement variability for sport skills and manipulate skill training environments (i.e., on the macro-level for the periodisation of training over the course of multiple training sessions and on the micro-level for the microstructure of single training sessions). Practical examples from the football goalkeeper context underline the proposed conceptual framework.

Keywords: skill acquisition training, motor learning, constraints-led approach, movement adaptability, representative training, implicit learning, football goalkeeping

Received: 06 Jul 2019; Accepted: 01 Nov 2019.

Copyright: © 2019 Otte, Millar and Hüttermann. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Mr. Fabian W. Otte, German Sport University Cologne, Cologne, Germany,