A performance cue is a thought, feeling, and/or piece of information athletes have in mind to help perform a skill. Defining performance cues for your sport and specific position is essential for your athletes concentration. You should also know the cues that are not important to your performance. I call these cues task-irrelevant cues or distractions.
What are examples of task-relevant performance cues? To execute an at-bat, athletes set up in the batter’s box, take a couple of practice swings to feel the bat or rhythm, engage with the pitcher during the wind up, see the ball, and make a fast reactive decision about the pitch. These performance cues act as important information that help the player execute a successful at-bat.
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