ACTION OBSERVATION (AO) IS LEARNING A SKILL THROUGH OBSERVING ANOTHER INDIVIDUAL (MODEL) PERFORMING THE SAME SKILL. AO IS THE MOST COMMONLY USED METHOD OF INSTRUCTION FOR SKILL ACQUISITION. IN ATHLETE PREPARATION, COACHING TECHNICAL AND NOVEL RESISTANCE TRAINING (RT) EXERCISES TO ATHLETES IS COMMON, BUT AT TIMES, AVOIDED BECAUSE OF TIME EFFICIENCY AND SAFETY CONCERNS. THIS ARTICLE DISCUSSES CURRENT EVIDENCE SURROUNDING THE APPLICATION OF AO IN COACHING DURING SKILL ACQUISITION AND THE LIMITED BUT GROWING EVIDENCE ILLUSTRATING THE POTENTIAL OF IMPLEMENTING AO IN AN RT SETTING.
1College of Sport and Exercise Science, Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia;
2Melbourne Football Club, Melbourne, Australia;
3Institute of Sport, Exercise, and Active Living, Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia; and
4Cognitive and Exercise Neuroscience Unit, School of Psychology, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia
Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The authors report no conflicts of interest and no source of funding.
Alex Sakadjian is a student researcher in the College of Sport and Exercise Science at Victoria University and the sport science coordinator and rehabilitation coach at the Melbourne Football Club.
Derek Panchuk is a lecturer in Motor Learning and Skill Acquisition in the College of Sport and Exercise Science at Victoria University.
Alan J. Pearce is a senior research fellow and director of the Cognitive and Exercise Neuroscience Unit at Deakin University.