Acquisition and Performance of Sports Skills

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John Wiley and Sons, May 28, 2004 - Medical - 316 pages
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Acquisition and Performance of Sports Skills provides students with the theoretical and practical background that is necessary for an understanding of the basics of skill acquisition and performance. This understanding is founded on the student's existing knowledge of sport and leads into the subject, using a student centred, problem-solving approach. The first half of the book examines the nature of sports performance and the second skill acquisition. There is a debate among researchers into psychomotor learning: the ecological versus the cognitive approach. Because this book is aimed clearly at students taking a first course in the subject the author includes examples from both schools of thought thus ensuring a balanced approach.
  • looks at skill acquisition firmly within the context of sports performance
  • takes students' practical experience as a starting point then clearly explains the underlying theories
  • presents both cognitive and ecological approaches to the subject to give a balanced view
  • excellent pedagogy including problem-solving tasks, practical experiments and revision notes at the end of chapters
Written by an author with many years teaching, research and practical coaching experience, Acquisition and Performance of Sport Skills proves invaluable for students of sport and exercise science taking a first course in skill acquisition, motor learning and/or motor control.

This is the second title to appear in the Wiley SportTexts Series that aims to provide textbooks covering the key disciplines within the academic study of sport.

 

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Contents

Skill Ability and Performance
1
Perception
31
Acquisition and Performance of Sports Skills T McMorris
63
Reaction Time
79
Anticipation
99
Conclusion
110
Ecological psychology and attunement to affordances
126
Ecological psychology and motor control
148
Feedback
216
Practical implications
224
Test your knowledge
232
Additional reading
239
Conclusion
257
Writing an Academic Paper
265
Test Your Knowledge Answers
271
References
287

Additional reading
162
Dynamical Systems Theory and learning
180
Practice
203

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