For practice to be effective
  • Practice must be realistic and appropriate to your level of ability.
  • Practices should be enjoyable.
  • Practices should be achievable.
  • Practice must be performed with the correct technique.
  • Practice must not be carried out for too long.
  • Practices must be varied.
  • Practices must be specific to improving weaknesses in your skill or performance.
  • Practices should show progression over time.
  • Practices should be recorded and measured in order to see improvements.

Effects of practising for too long
  • Become fatigued/tired.
  • Become bored and lose interest.
  • Lose motivation.
  • Possible risk of injury.

Effects of variation in practice
  • Can keep you interested.
  • Can be more enjoyable.
  • Can help avoid fatigue/tiredness.
  • Can help avoid injury.

7 key Principles of Effective Practice

Work to rest ratio
Achievable progressive stages
Strengths and Weaknesses

Awareness of skilled performer
Clear objectives
Effect of boredom