Multimodal Strategies in Sport

Multimodal learning strategies are highly beneficial in sports education and training, as they cater to the diverse ways individuals process information and acquire skills and can contribute to better skill acquisition and performance.

Because most athletes have either a Kinesthetic preference or a multimodal preference that includes Kinesthetic, Kinesthetic strategies are usually important. For example, a coach might employ video analysis to visually break down an athlete’s technique, providing valuable insights into areas for improvement. Hands-on demonstrations would also be appropriate for those with a Kinesthetic preference, as is, of course, practice! However, the Kinesthetic modality can also be combined with verbal explanations and discussions (A), diagrams showing positioning or strategies (V), and bulleted lists (R) for a multimodal approach.

In team sports, communication is crucial, and a multimodal approach can enhance players’ understanding of tactics and strategies. Coaches can use visual aids, such as diagrams, to illustrate game plans, while verbal instructions and discussions reinforce key concepts, written lists give athletes something to refer to later, and on-field or court drills provide a kinesthetic component, allowing players to physically practice and internalize the strategies learned.

As an athlete with a multimodal preference, Kinesthetic strategies are probably going to be important for you, but you should incorporate strategies from your other preferred modalities too, particularly when learning challenging skills. This can foster a deeper understanding of techniques, strategies, and game dynamics, ultimately enhancing skill development and performance.

Multimodal Strategies in Sport

VARK Helpsheets

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