“Mantle of the Expert” & the Distal Method: Enhancing Tennis Training

Published: Dec 28, 2023
Konstantinos Papageorgiou

This paper explores the application of the “mantle of the expert” technique, a concept rooted in theatre pedagogy, to tennis training, within the Distal Method framework. It delves into the technique's potential to enhance technical understanding, knowledge of rules, and the dynamics of the coach-athlete relationship. The paper discusses the philosophical and epistemological underpinnings of this approach, emphasizing its implications in learning and knowledge acquisition in sports. It also outlines practical steps for implementation across various age groups and skill levels, considering the developmental aspects of learners. The paper concludes by highlighting the need for future research at the intersection of theatre pedagogy, sports training, and the Distal Method.

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