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Analysis of performance demands on the rider; sports disciplines, racing (flat and National Hunt), endurance, mental and physical capacities. Characteristics of performance riders; body morphology, attitudes to training, relationships with coach and supporters, technical, tactical, physical, mental and lifestyle capacities. Analysis of rider motor and proprioceptive capacity; video analysis, appropriateness and efficiency of sport movement, common difficulties in movement patterns, developmental plans for riders in various disciplines. Developing the rider; use of technology and equipment to provide feedback and support practise, use of novel development tools, athlete diaries, athlete driven reflection and goal setting, maintaining technique and focus in stress environments - race finishes, jump offs. Models of motor skill development and use of appropriate technology and equipment to support motor skill development.

Learning Outcomes:

Cognitive (Knowledge, Understanding, Application, Analysis, Evaluation, Synthesis)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to; Research and understand the physiology and psychology of rider development and performance. Investigate the selection and development of the human equestrian athlete. Define predictors of long term rider performance. Recognise how the human equestrian athlete can perform safely and optimally under differing conditions. Discuss technical, tactical, physical, mental and lifestyle requirements for human equestrian athletes. Evaluate and discuss established, novel and international approaches to rider development. Differentiate between novice and expert performance and suggest developmental strategies. Evaluate current research findings and incorporate them into their own understanding and practise. Transfer learning to diverse areas of equestrian pursuit.

Affective (Attitudes and Values)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to; Demonstrate autonomous responsibility for self development and further learning.

Psychomotor (Physical Skills)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to; Demonstrate advanced proprioceptive skill relevant to assessing and training horses on the flat and over fences.

How the Module will be Taught and what will be the Learning Experiences of the Students:

Research Findings Incorporated in to the Syllabus (If Relevant):

Prime Texts:

German National Equestrian Federation (1990) The Principles of Riding: The Official Handbook of the German National Equestrian Federation , Half Halt Press
Wyche, S (2004) The Anatomy of Riding , MarlboroughThe Crowood Press
Stafford, I. and Balyi, I (2005) Coaching for Long-term Athlete Development , SportscoachUK.

Other Relevant Texts:

Podhajsky, A. (1967) The Complete Training of Horse and Rider , Shrewsbury, The Sportsmans Press

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