Thursday, June 20, 2024

Research Papers


Backward Chaining Teaching Method of Motor Skills

P Chekkadurai & C Stothart 1978

This is one of the most useful papers I have read.  It recommends teaching new skills by starting at the 'end' of a sequential set of component parts.

I use this during the teaching of net shots and movements towards the net.  When you read the paper think about how you normally coach a net shot to a developing player.  Do you start with the stance-then movement-then lunge-then contact?  Does that conform to the proposed'backward' teaching method ie starting with the last element first?

I have also found benefits for teaching the deep forehand and overhead backhand using this method.