Skill Acquisition in Sport gives academics, students, coaches and practitioners the broadest and most scientifically rigorous grounding in the principles and practice of the field. Fully revised, updated and restructured, the third edition integrates theory and practice, and provides more material on practical application than ever before.

Divided into four sections – providing instruction and feedback, organizing effective practice, training high-level skills, and the theories and mechanisms underpinning skill acquisition – the book covers a full range of key topics, including:

  • the role of errors and rewards in motor learning
  • instructions, demonstrations and feedback
  • imagery in motor learning
  • constraints-based and self-directed learning
  • technique change, creativity training and visual gaze training
  • practicing under pressure
  • the neurophysiology of learning.

Based on the latest research, including chapters on emerging topics, and written by a global cast of world-leading experts, Skill Acquisition in Sport is an essential textbook for any kinesiology or sport science student taking skill acquisition, expertise development or motor learning classes.

part Section I|2 pages

Providing instruction and feedback

chapter 1|17 pages

Enhancing motor skill acquisition with augmented feedback

ByDavid I. Anderson, Richard A. Magill, Anthony M. Mayo, Kylie A. Steel

chapter 2|19 pages

Changing automatized movement patterns

ByLaura Sperl, Rouwen Cañal-Bruland

chapter 3|22 pages

Errors, rewards, and reinforcement in motor skill learning

ByKeith Lohse, Matthew Miller, Mariane Bacelar, Olav Krigolson

chapter 4|16 pages

Motor imagery practice and skilled performance in sport

From efficacy to mechanisms
ByAidan Moran, Helen O’Shea

chapter 5|20 pages

Advances in implicit motor learning

ByRich S.W. Masters, Tina van Duijn, Liis Uiga

part Section II|2 pages

Organizing effective practice

chapter 6|20 pages

Contextual interference

New findings, insights, and implications for skill acquisition
ByDavid L. Wright, Taewon Kim

chapter 7|22 pages

Self-controlled learning

Current findings, theoretical perspectives, and future directions
ByDiane M. Ste-Marie, Michael J. Carter, Zachary D. Yantha

chapter 8|22 pages

Learning together

Observation and other mechanisms which mediate shared practice contexts
ByApril Karlinsky, Timothy N. Welsh, Nicola J. Hodges

chapter 9|20 pages

Constraints-led learning in practice

Designing effective learning environments
ByIan Renshaw, Jonathon Headrick, Michael Maloney, Brendan Moy, Ross Pinder

chapter 10|18 pages

Operationalising deliberate practice for performance improvement in sport

ByPaul R. Ford, Edward K. Coughlan

part Section III|2 pages

High-level skill training

chapter 11|17 pages

Sports training technologies

Achieving and assessing transfer
ByRob Gray

chapter 12|17 pages

Models of game intelligence and creativity in sport

Implications for skill acquisition
ByDaniel Memmert, Stefan König

chapter 13|18 pages

Perceptual-cognitive expertise and simulation-based training in sport

ByAndrew Mark Williams

chapter 14|16 pages

Mental toughness training

ByStuart Beattie, Lew Hardy, Andrew Cooke, Daniel Gucciardi

chapter 15|20 pages

Staying cool under pressure

Developing and maintaining emotional expertise in sport
ByBradley Fawver, Garrett F. Beatty, Derek T.Y. Mann, Christopher M. Janelle

part Section IV|2 pages

Mechanisms and models of skill acquisition

chapter 16|20 pages

Motor skill learning and its neurophysiology

ByCameron S. Mang, Michael R. Borich, Katie P. Wadden, Lara A. Boyd, Catherine F. Siengsukon

chapter 17|17 pages

Appropriate failure to create effective learning

Optimizing challenge
ByVeronica X. Yan, Mark A. Guadagnoli, Neil Haycocks

chapter 18|15 pages

Ecological dynamics and transfer from practice to performance in sport

ByJia Yi Chow, Richard Shuttleworth, Keith Davids, Duarte Araújo

chapter 19|15 pages

The development of skill and interest in sport

ByJennifer Turnnidge, Veronica Allan, Jean Côté