A hypothetical description of how an ideal performance can be attained by a particular individual. During coaching, an ideal model can be used as a standard against which the actual performance of an athlete can be compared. It is assumed that learning takes place as the performance of the skill more closely approximates to that of the ideal model. It is generally agreed that, if there is to be effective communication and good interpersonal relations, the ideal model must be formulated by both coach and athlete.
Subjects: Sports and Exercise Medicine.