For motor skills performed within a moving environment, the performer must
predict where the moving objects or people will be at a future point in time, in order to plan a successful response. The
orienting movement required in the performance of open skills is called tracking. Tracking is involved in a variety
of sport skills e.g. an epee fencers while retreating stop thrusts an attacking fencers wrist and parrying an opponent's counter-attack.
In both examples, the performer must maintain visual contact with a moving object in order to obtain relevant information
regarding the speed and direction of the object's movement. Tracking is required whenever elements of the environment are
moving, regardless of whether the performer is stable or moving. When performance takes place in a moving environment
and the performer is also moving, both tracking and previewing are essential (as in the sport of fencing)
for obtaining critical environmental information.The overall goal of good tracking skills is for risk management of the competitive
situation. Figuring out time and space requirements so a safety margin can be maintained.
Technical-Tactical Safety Margin,
Three factors affect
your Technical-Tactical safety margin:
1) your technical and tactical capabilities and limitations,
technical and tactical capabilities and limitations of your opponent and
bouting situation at a specific time (such as score, time remaining, physical condition, and prognoses of outcome).
For example, a safety margin is gone if:
required technical-tactical skills called for is beyond your skill level,
---the bouting situation requires more technical- tactical skills that your capable of and there is no time to execute