Curling is a sport in which two teams, each with four players, take turns sliding heavy, polished granite stones or rocks on a sheet of ice towards a target area comprised of four concentric circles. It is similar to shuffleboard. Opponents attempt shots alternatively with the purpose of accumulating the highest score for a game; points are scored for the stones resting closest to the bullseye of the target at the conclusion of each end (similar to an inning in baseball), which is completed when both teams have thrown all of their stones. In some cases, players are trying to best position their stone while in others players attempt to bump their opponent’s stone out of the target area. To see what it looks like watch the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWHvGl3Uwmg. You only need to watch the first 40 seconds to get the gist of the game.
The questions below are in reference to the skill of throwing the stone (not sweeping)
a. For an athlete in the associative stage, what strategy would you use for skill refinement: fixation or diversification? Why? Fully explain your response.
b. Design a practice session that would create moderate contextual interference for this situation. Fully explain your answer.
c. Given the stage of learning of this athlete (associative) would the practice you designed in (b) be appropriate or would blocked practice be more suitable? Fully explain your response.
d. This question related to the skill of sweeping. Would you use whole or part practice to teach this skill? Why? Be sure to justify your answer using motor learning concepts.