“The performance and learning of motor skills has been shown to be enhanced if the performer adopts an external focus of attention (focus on the movement effect) compared to an internal focus (focus on the movements themselves)”
ACL injury prevention, more effective with a different way of motor learning?
A Benjaminse, E Otten – Knee surgery, sports traumatology, Arthroscopy, 2011 – Springer
In this paper, the author makes a case for changing how landing mechanics are taught in order to prevent ACL injuries. In a traditional model then the movements taught are explicit in nature, with a lot of rules about the way the movement is performed. However, this is something that has a small carry over to motor skill development and deployment in variable environments. Being able to land in different environments and situations is something that is required for the prevention of ACL injuries. This leads the author to propose a focus on using extrinsic goals to develop the skill of landing for ACL injury prevention.