Skill Acquisition in Sport: Research, Theory and Practice

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2012-08-02
  • Publisher: Routledge
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Success in sport depends upon the athlete's ability to develop and perfect a specific set of perceptual, cognitive and motor skills. Now in a fully revised and updated new edition, Skill Acquisition in Sport examines how we learn such skills and, in particular, considers the crucial role of practice and instruction in the skill acquisition process.Containing thirteen completely new chapters, and engaging with the significant advances in neurophysiological techniques that have profoundly shaped our understanding of motor control and development, the book provides a comprehensive review of current research and theory on skill acquisition. Leading international experts explore key topics such as:Attentional focusAugmented FeedbackObservational practice and learningImplicit motor learningMental imagery trainingPhysical guidanceMotivation and motor learningNeurophysiologyDevelopment of skillJoint actionThroughout, the book address the implications of current research for instruction and practice in sport, making explicit connections between core science and sporting performance. No other book covers this fundamental topic in such breadth or depth, making this book important reading for any student, scholar or practitioner working in sport science, cognitive science, kinesiology, clinical and rehabilitation sciences, neurophysiology, psychology, ergonomics or robotics.

Author Biography

Nicola J. Hodges is Associate Professor in the School of Kinesiology, at the University of British Columbia, Canada, where she studies motor skill learning and correlates of expert performance. She has contributed to the understanding of processes involved in learning from observation and instruction and practice behaviours for elite performance. A. Mark Williams is Professor of Motor Behaviour in the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences at Liverpool John Moores University, UK. He has published widely in areas related to expertise, skill acquisition, and motor control and learning.

Table of Contents

List of figuresp. viii
List of tablesp. xiii
Contributorsp. xiv
Prefacep. xxii
Acknowledgementsp. xxvi
Presenting informationp. 1
The roles and uses of augmented feedback in motor skill acquisitionp. 3
Mixing it up a little: How to schedule observational practicep. 22
Attentional focus affects movement efficiencyp. 40
Advances in implicit motor learningp. 59
Optimizing practice conditionsp. 77
Contextual interference: Generalizability and limitationsp. 79
Mental imagery, action observation, and skill learningp. 94
Ecological dynamics and motor learning design in sportp. 112
The representation, production, and transfer of simple and complex movement sequencesp. 131
Physical guidance research: Assisting principles and supporting evidencep. 150
Issues in motor learningp. 171
Motor learning through a motivational lensp. 173
Motor skill consolidationp. 192
Critical periods, sensitive periods, and readiness for motor skill learningp. 211
Mechanisms of skilled joint action performancep. 229
Motor skill learning and its neurophysiologyp. 247
Skilled performancep. 267
The development of skill in sportp. 269
Anticipatory behavior and expert performancep. 287
Perceptual expertise: What can be trained?p. 306
Embodied cognition: From the playing field to the classroomp. 325
Especial skills: Generality and specificity in motor learningp. 337
Research, theory and practice: Challenges and solutionsp. 351
Translating theory into practice: Working at the 'coal face' in the UK!p. 353
Working in the field (Southern Hemisphere)p. 367
Indexp. 381
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