ABSTRACT

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 focus
  • augmented Feedback
  • observational practice and learning
  • implicit motor learning
  • mental imagery training
  • physical guidance
  • motivation and motor learning
  • neurophysiology
  • development of skill
  • joint action.

Throughout, the book addresses 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.

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PART I Presenting information

chapter 2|18 pages

Mixing it up a little: How to schedule observational practice

ByNICOLE T. ONG AND NICOLA J . HODGES

chapter 3|19 pages

Attentional focus affects movement efficiency

ByKEITH R . LOHSE , GABRIELE WULF, AND REBECCA LEWTH WA ITE

chapter 4|18 pages

Advances in implicit motor learning

ByRICHARD S . MASTERS AND JAMIE M . POO LT O N

part |2 pages

PART III Issues in motor learning

chapter 10|19 pages

Motor learning through a motivational lens

ByREBECCA LEWTH WA ITE AND GABRIELE WULF

chapter 11|19 pages

Motor skill consolidation

ByMAXIME TREMPE AND LUC P RO T E AU

chapter 13|18 pages

Mechanisms of skilled joint action performance

ByTER RY ESKENAZI , RO BRECHT VA N DER WEL , AND

part |2 pages

PART IV Skilled performance

chapter 15|18 pages

The development of skill in sport

ByJEAN CÔTÉ , JENNIFER MURPHY- MILLS , AND

chapter 16|19 pages

Anticipatory behavior and expert performance

chapter 17|19 pages

Perceptual expertise: What can be trained?

ByJOE C AU SER , CHRISTOPHER M . JANELLE , J OA N N . VICKERS

part |2 pages

PART V Research, theory and practice: Challenges and solutions