Does more fatigue, more repetitions, and more coaching make a drill, workout session, or practice better than one with less fatigue, repetition, and coaching?
Typically, most believe that:
-The more an athlete sweats, the better
-The flashier a drill is, the better
-The more tired an athlete is, the better
-The more reps an athlete gets, the better
-The more coaching an athlete gets, the better
As with most things, whether this is true or not depends on the objective and the purpose of that particular drill, workout, or practice. I have numerous friends who know nothing about basketball who could make me tired, sweaty, and get me a ton of repetitions, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it was productive. If the objective was to improve conditioning then the workout may have had some purpose, but if the objective was to increase in-game performance, the workout would more than likely be a waste of time.
We often judge the quality of drills, workouts, and practices by factors such as fatigue, flash, amount of sweat, number of repetitions, and the amount of feedback given. If the objective is to increase learning and performance as it relates to in-game performance, the things that we need to be judging are this:
-What learning is taking place? Are there reads, reactions, and decisions within the drill?
-What concept is being taught as it relates to in-game performance?
-If the purpose is to learn or refine a new skill, is fatigue negatively affecting the learning of the skill?
-Is the coach just giving the player answers or allowing discovery?