Coaching Instructions and Cues for Enhancing Sprint Performance

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Abstract

COACHING INSTRUCTIONS AND CUES ARE METHODS OF VERBAL COMMUNICATION THAT CAN BE USED SPECIFICALLY BY STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING AND SPORT COACHES TO FOCUS AN ATHLETES' ATTENTION FOR ENHANCED SPORT PERFORMANCE. SPECIFICALLY, THERE IS EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT THAT PROVIDING ATHLETES EXTERNAL OR NEUTRAL ATTENTIONAL FOCUS INSTRUCTION AND CUES CAN ENHANCE SPRINTING SPEED. THE PURPOSE OF THIS ARTICLE IS TO TRANSLATE THE FINDINGS FROM THE LITERATURE REGARDING THE BENEFITS AND EFFECTS OF COACHING INSTRUCTIONS AND CUES ON SPRINT PERFORMANCE AND TO PROVIDE GENERAL RECOMMENDATIONS FOR ENHANCING ATHLETE SPRINT CAPABILITIES THROUGH THE ADMINISTRATION OF APPROPRIATE VERBAL COMMUNICATIONS.

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