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A series of techniques, used when practising a skill, in which the behaviour of the learner is limited or controlled by various means to minimize errors. The learner is in some way guided through the task that is to be learned. There are four main types of guidance: visual (e.g. through watching a demonstrator or through the use of images on a video), verbal (usually as instructions provided by the coach), manual (this usually involves the performer being physically helped into the correct position to perform a skill), and mechanical (e.g. through a device, such as a support-belt or harness that helps a gymnast perform a difficult skill with little risk of injury).

Subjects: Sports and Exercise Medicine.

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