The differences between skill, ability and technique and also, explain how you can structure practices to enhance these components of fitness.
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The differences between skill, ability and technique and also, explain
how you can structure practices to enhance these components of
Ability can be physical, relating to the body. It can also be mental,
relating to the mind. It is the amount of competence that you are able
to show without any serious or specific training for that activity.
Ability relies largely on the underlying factors, which are
For example, one person may have a large somatotype which would suit a
sport like rugby or wrestling rather than another person with a small
somatotype who would be more physically suited to a sport like
A term commonly used with skill is technique, technique is broken down
into the components that we must follow to accomplish a certain task.
It is often concerned with skill but is in fact something totally
Technique has a strong relationship with ability and skill, there
cannot be any one without the other.
In the case of sport, in order to perform a skill, we must learn the
technique that goes with it and in order to learn the technique fully,
we must practice it correctly and have the ability to do it in the
Skill is the combination of ability and technique. It is the learned
ability to bring about a pre-determined result with maximum certainty
and efficiency. For a skill to be perfect it must be efficient,
co-ordinated, controlled, consistent, learned, pre-determined,
aesthetic and show good technique.
There are many different types of skill, cognitive skills, perceptual
skills, motor skills and perceptual motor skills are a few examples.
The three terms relate very strongly to each other and lead on from
one another, first you have the ability, then you learn the technique
and finally you have the skill.
Skill is a very commonly used word that has a variety of
interpretations. It is something that requires special training,
ability to achieve.
In sport skill tends to be used more as a concept than a word, skills