1st Edition

Motor Learning in Practice A Constraints-Led Approach

Edited By Ian Renshaw, Keith Davids, Geert J.P. Savelsbergh Copyright 2010
    272 Pages
    by Routledge

    264 Pages
    by Routledge

    Motor Learning in Practice explores the fundamental processes of motor learning and skill acquisition in sport, and explains how a constraints-led approach can be used to design more effective learning environments for sports practice and performance. Drawing on ecological psychology, the book examines the interaction of personal, environmental and task-specific constraints in the development of motor skills, and then demonstrates how an understanding of those constraints can be applied in a wide range of specific sports and physical activities.

    The first section of the book contains two chapters that offer an overview of the key theoretical concepts that underpin the constraints-led approach. These chapters also examine the development of fundamental movement skills in children, and survey the most important instructional strategies that can be used to develop motor skills in sport. The second section of the book contains eighteen chapters that apply these principles to specific sports, including basketball, football, boxing, athletics field events and swimming.

    This is the first book to apply the theory of a constraints-led approach to training and learning techniques in sport. Including contributions from many of the world’s leading scholars in the field of motor learning and development, this book is essential reading for any advanced student, researcher or teacher with an interest in motor skills, sport psychology, sport pedagogy, coaching or physical education.

    Part 1 1. The Constraints-based Approach to Motor Learning: Implications for a Non-linear Pedagogy in Sport and Physical Education  2. Instructions as Constraints in Motor Skill Acquisition  3. Building the Foundations: Skill Acquisition in Children  Part 2  4. Perceptual Training for Basketball Shooting  5. Saving Penalties, Scoring Penalties  6. Stochastic Perturbations in Athletics Field Events Enhance Skill Acquisition  7. Interacting Constraints and Inter-limb Co-ordination in Swimming  8. The Changing Face of Practice for Developing Perception: Action Skill in Cricket  9. The "Nurdle to Leg" and Other Ways of Winning Cricket Matches  10. Manipulating Tasks Constraints to Improve Tactical Knowledge and Collective Decision-making in Rugby Union  11. The Ecological Dynamics of Decision-making in Sailing  12. Using Constraints to Enhance Decision-Making in Team Sports  13. Skill Development in Canoeing and Kayaking: An Individualised Approach  14. A Constraints-led Approach to Coaching Association Football: The Role of Perceptual Information and the Acquisition of Co-ordination  15. Identifying Constraints on Children with Movement Difficulties: Implications for Pedagogues and Clinicians  16. Augmenting Golf Practice Through the Manipulation of Physical and Informational Constraints  17. Skill Acquisition in Dynamic Ball Sports: Monitoring and Controlling Action-effects  18. A Constraints-based Training Intervention in Boxing  19. Researching Co-ordination Skill 20. Skill Acquisition in Tennis: Equipping Learners for Success


    Ian Renshaw is Senior Lecturer in the School of Human Movement Studies at Queensland University of Technology, Australia. He has special interest in the enhancement of sports performance via the application of a non-linear pedagogy. Currently he works with the AIS/Cricket Australia Centre of Excellence as a skill acquisition consultant.

    Keith Davids is Professor of Motor Control and Head of the School of Human Movement Studies at Queensland University of Technology, Australia. Over the past 25 years, he has published six books and numerous chapters and journal articles while holding research and teaching positions in Europe, New Zealand and Australia.

    Geert J.P. Savelsbergh is Professor in the Faculty of Human Movement Sciences at VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands, and Visiting Professor at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. He has special interest in the visual regulation of movements, especially in peak performance. Currently he works with the Olympic sailing and badminton team, as well as the Football Academy of Ajax Amsterdam.