Massed and Distributed
Massed practice refers to what coaches use to teach in an effective and efficient manor. Massed practice requires performers to take occasional breaks between long periods of instruction and skill development. For examples, a soccer player continually trying to execute a skill until fatigue kicks in.
Massed practice works best when performers are:
• highly motivated; or
• have limited time for training sessions
Distrusted practice involves spreading the work over a period of time with frequent breaks. For exmpale, learing a skill for soccer over a number of different training sessions until it is executed correctly.
Distributed practice works best when:
• the performer lacks interest;
• the task is difficult;
• motivation is low;
• the task causes fatigue; or
• excessive work causes discomfort (for example, heading a soccer ball).