Massed vs. Distributed Practice
Distributed practice (also known as spaced repetition or spaced practice) is a learning strategy, where a practice is broken up into a number of short repetitive tasks and the rest periods are longer in duration than the task itself.
Massed practice An approach to practice in which a given task or movement is repeated many times directly after one another without pauses or rest. The rest periods between each repetition are short relative to the duration of the actual task.
Much research has been conducted on massed and distributed practice over the last couple of years. Most of the results support the hypothesis that performance is affected by practice more than learning.
Due to the findings that certain skills have a high injury risk as well as require a great amount of effort, the decision to use one practice over another should be based on the desired outcome and the demands of the skill being practiced.
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