Acquisition and Performance of Sports Skills / Edition 1

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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 currently 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. Written by an author with many years teaching, research and practical coaching experience Acquisition and Performance of Sports Skills will prove invaluable for students of sport and exercise science taking a first course in skill acquisition, motor learning and/or motor control.
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"...invaluable for students of sport...second title in a new series, Wiley SportTexts..." (Chichester Observer, 22 April 2004)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470849941
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/14/2004
  • Series: Wiley SportText Series, #1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 316
  • Product dimensions: 7.74 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

Terry McMorris University of Chichester, UK

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Table of Contents

Series Preface
1 Skill, ability and performance 1
2 Perception 31
3 Decision making 63
4 Reaction Time 79
5 Anticipation 99
6 Memory 117
7 Motor control 135
8 Learning 163
9 Practice 203
10 Arousal and performance 241
11 Conclusion 257
App. 1 Writing an academic paper 265
App. 2 Glossary of terms used by ecological psychologists 269
App. 3: Test your knowledge answers 271
References 287
Index 293
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