Guided by the conceptualization of content knowledge, this book covers sports analysis (identification of techniques and tactics), skill analysis (identification of critical elements, observation, evaluation of students’ performance through error detection, and interventions), and biomechanical principles and their applications to skill performance and analysis, which teachers or coaches need to possess for effective teaching and coaching.

The importance for preservice and in-service physical education teachers or coaches to acquire in-depth content knowledge is supported by national standards and research. Studies have shown that an improvement in preservice and in-service physical education teachers’ specialized content knowledge leads to an increase in their pedagogical content knowledge, which results in better learning and performance among students. Practical examples for conducting sports and skill analysis, designing teaching progressions for interventions, and applying biomechanical principles are provided.

This book equips teachers or coaches with knowledge and skills to conduct sports and skill analysis, which are essential for effective teaching and coaching, and will be key reading for undergraduate and graduate students majoring in physical education teacher education and sports coaching and in-service physical education teachers and current coaches.

part Section 1|26 pages

Sports and skill analysis

chapter 1|9 pages

Conceptual framework for sports and skill analysis

Content knowledge

chapter 2|15 pages

Skill analysis

part Section 2|70 pages


chapter 3|8 pages


chapter 4|27 pages

Sport analysis

Knowledge of Sports Skills

chapter 5|10 pages

Understanding movement preparation

chapter 6|7 pages

Theoretical approaches

Mechanisms underlying skilled movements

chapter 7|9 pages

Knowledge of learners

chapter 8|7 pages

Design task progressions

part Section 3|63 pages

Biomechanical principles and applications to skill analysis

chapter 10|7 pages

Linear kinematics

chapter 11|11 pages

Angular kinematics

chapter 12|22 pages

Linear kinetics

chapter 13|15 pages

Angular kinetics

part Section 4|19 pages

Observation, evaluation and diagnosis, and intervention

chapter 14|6 pages


chapter 15|5 pages

Evaluation and diagnosis

chapter 16|6 pages