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The development of an athlete from basic performance to elite level of accomplishment is a long and complicated process. Identifying and nurturing talent, developing and fine tuning sport skills, and maintaining high levels of performance over the course of a career requires many thousands of hours of training and, increasingly, the input and support of expert coaches and sport scientists.
In this fully revised and updated new edition of the leading student and researcher overview of the development of sports expertise, a team of world-class sport scientists and professional coaches examine the fundamental science of skill acquisition and explore the methods by which science can be applied in the real-world context of sport performance. This book surveys the very latest research in skill acquisition, provides a comprehensive and accessible review of core theory and key concepts and includes an innovative ‘Coaches Corner’ feature in each chapter, in which leading coaches offer insights from elite sport and critique contemporary practice in sport skill development.
With new chapters offering more material on key topics such as instruction and observation and expert visual perception, the second edition of Developing Sport Expertise is invaluable reading for all researchers and students in the areas of expertise in sport, skill acquisition, motor control and development, sport psychology, or coaching theory and practice.
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