An athlete’s development from ‘ordinary’ talent to elite accomplishment in sport is a long one. The emergence and fine tuning of high level sport skills takes place in increments over many years and is a journey that fascinates sport scientists, sports coaches and sports fans alike.
Developing Sports Expertise, the first available textbook for undergraduates in sports skills development, examines the science behind sports skill acquisition and explores the application of science to optimal sports training, and talent identification. The text also contains Coaches Corner insets throughout to provide effective day-to-day advantage based on in the text.
Edited by three of the world’s leading scientists in sports skills acquisition and with contributions from both world class coaches and cutting edge researchers, this textbook provides comprehensive, authoritative guide to the field.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: Developing Expertise in Sport – How Research Can Inform Practice Section 1: Developing Elite Athletes: From the Backyard to the Big Stage 2. Play, Practice and Athlete Development 3. Does Practice Make Perfect?: The Role of Training in Developing the Expert Athlete 4. The Motivation to Become an Expert Athlete: How Coaches can Promote Long-Term Commitment 5. Identifying and Developing Sporting Experts Section 2: Designing Practice to Make Athletes Think – (But Not Too Much)! 6. Expert Coaches in Action 7. Skill Learning the Implicit Way: Say No More! 8. Performance Pressure and Paralysis by Analysis: Research and Implications 9. Organising Practice: The Interaction of Repetition and Cognitive Effort for Skill Performance Section 3: Through the Eyes and Thoughts of an Expert 10. A Recipe for Expert Decision Making 11. Tactics: Using Knowledge to Enhance Sport Performance 12. The Sports Official in Research and Practice 13. The Past and Future of Applied Sport Expertise Research
Damian Farrow is the Senior Specialist in Skill Acquisition at the Australian Institute of Sport.
Joe Baker is Assistant Professor in the School of Kinesiology and Health Science at York University, Canada.
Clare MacMahon is a Lecturer in the School of Human Movement, Recreation and Performance at Victoria University, Melbourne