3rd Edition

Skill Acquisition in Sport Research, Theory and Practice

Edited By Nicola J. Hodges, A. Mark Williams Copyright 2020
    388 Pages
    by Routledge

    388 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.

    Preface: The Science Behind Sport Skill Acquisition: What’s New, What Stood the Test of Time and What Are the Future Challenges?

    Nicola J. Hodges and A. Mark Williams

    Section 1: Providing Instruction and Feedback

    1. Enhancing Motor Skill Acquisition with Augmented Feedback

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

    2. Changing Automatized Movement Patterns

    Laura Sperl and Rouwen Cañal-Bruland

    3. Errors, rewards, and reinforcement in motor skill learning

    Keith Lohse, Matthew Miller, Mariane Bacelar, and Olav Krigolson

    4. Motor Imagery Practice and Skilled Performance in Sport: From Efficacy to Mechanisms

    Aidan Moran and Helen O’Shea

    5. Further advances in implicit motor learning

    Rich SW Masters, Tina van Duijn, and Liis Uiga

    Section 2: Organizing Effective Practice

    6. Contextual Interference: New Findings, Insights, and Implications for Skill Acquisition

    David L. Wright and Taewon Kim

    7. Self-controlled Learning: Current Findings, Theoretical Perspectives, and Future Directions

    Diane M. Ste-Marie, Michael J. Carter, and Zachary D. Yantha

    8. Learning together: Observation and other mechanisms which mediate shared practice contexts

    April D Karlinsky, Timothy Welsh, and Nicola J Hodges

    9. Constraints-Led Learning in Practice: Designing effective learning environments

    Ian Renshaw, Jonathan Headrick, Michael Maloney, Brendan Moy, and Ross Pinder

    10. Operationalizing deliberate practice for performance improvement in sport

    Paul R. Ford and Edward K. Coughlan


    Section 3: High-level Skill Training

    11. Sports training technologies: Achieving and assessing transfer

    Rob Gray

    12. Models of game intelligence and creativity in sport: Implications for skill acquisition

    Daniel Memmert and Stefan König

    13. Perceptual-Cognitive Expertise and Simulation-Based Training in Sport Andrew Mark Williams

    14. Mental toughness training

    Stuart Beattie, Lew Hardy, Andrew Cooke, and Daniel Gucciardi

    15. Staying cool under pressure: Developing and maintaining emotional expertise in sport

    Bradley Fawver, Garrett F. Beatty, Derek T.Y. Mann, and Christopher M. Janelle

    Section 4: Mechanisms and Models of Skill Acquisition

    16. Motor Skill learning and its Neurophysiology

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

    17. Appropriate Failure to Create Effective Learning: Optimizing Challenge Veronica X. Yan, Mark A. Guadagnoli, and Neil Haycocks

    18. Ecological Dynamics and Transfer from practice to performance in sport Jia Yi Chow, Richard Shuttleworth, Keith Davids, and Duarte Araújo

    19. The Development of skill and Interest in Sport

    Jennifer Turnnidge, Veronica Allan, and Jean Côté


    Nicola J. Hodges is a Professor at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, Canada in the School of Kinesiology. Originally from the UK, she developed a passion for sport (namely soccer) and experimental psychology and has continued to live out these passions through the study of motor behaviour in Canada over the last 25 years. It is at UBC that Dr Hodges runs the Motor Skills Laboratory (http://msl.kin.educ.ubc.ca), where she studies the mechanisms of motor skill learning. Her particular research focus is on processes involved in watching and learning from others (action-observation) and how practice should be best structured to bring about long-term enhancement of motor skills. Her research has been funded by the three tri-council agencies in Canada, she has been involved in sport-consulting and she has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles and chapters.

    A. Mark Williams is Chair of Health, Kinesiology, and Recreation at the University of Utah, USA. His research interests focus on the neural and psychological mechanisms underpinning the acquisition and development of expertise. He has published more than 200 journal articles in peer-reviewed outlets, written more than 80 book chapters and co-authored/edited 15 books. His research work has been supported by various funding agencies in the UK, USA and Australia. He is a Fellow of the European College of Sports Science, the British Association of Sport and Exercise Science, the National Academy of Kinesiology and the British Psychological Society. He is Editor-in-Chief of several academic journals.