For the last 25 years, a constraints-based framework has helped to inform the way that many sport scientists seek to understand performance, learning design and the development of expertise and talent in sport. The Constraints-Led Approach: Principles for Sports Coaching and Practice Design provides students and practitioners with the theoretical knowledge required to implement constraints-led approaches in their work.
Seeking to bridge the divide between theory and practice, the book sets out an ‘environment design framework’, including practical tools and guidance for the application of the framework in coaching and skill acquisition settings. It includes chapters on constraints-led approaches in golf, athletics and hockey, and provides applied reading for undergraduate and postgraduate students of motor learning, skill acquisition and developing sport expertise.
Providing a thorough grounding in the theory behind constraints-led approaches to skill acquisition, and a foundational cornerstone in the Routledge Studies in Constraints-Based Methodologies in Sport series, this is a vital pedagogical resource for students and practising sports coaches, physical education teachers and sport scientists alike.
Section 1: A Constraints-Led Approach – The Theoretical Framework
2. A Theoretical Basis for a Constraints-led Approach: Background
3. Interacting Constraints and Self-Organisation Tendencies
4. A Landscape of Affordances
Section 2: A Constraints-Led Approach – Building a Bridge
5. The Environment Design Principles
6. The Constraints-Led Approach: Session Designer
Section 3: A Constraints-Led Approach – Constraints in Action
7. A Constraints-Led Approach to Coaching Field Hockey
8. A Constraints-Led Approach to Coaching Golf
9. A Constraints-Led Approach to Coaching Track and Field
10. A Constraints-Led Approach: Conclusion
A constraints-based framework has informed the way that many sport scientists seek to understand performance, learning design and the development of expertise and talent in sport, but its translation from theory to everyday coaching practice has proven challenging. Routledge Studies in Constraints-Based Methodologies in Sport provides practitioners and academics with material relating to the full breadth of the application of a constraints-based methodology in sport to in order to bridge this gap.
Introduced by a foundational text which sets out a practical design framework, and including concise books on sport-specific studies written by expert coaches, the series includes content on motor learning, skill acquisition and talent development for undergraduate and postgraduate students, and specialist knowledge on different constraints-based models for coaches, physical education teachers, sport scientists and performance analysts.
The series provides the most comprehensive, theoretically sound and practically relevant guide to understanding and implementing constraints-led approaches to skill acquisition and talent development.