Perceptual and cognitive expertise in sport: implications for skill acquisition and performance enhancement

A.M. Williams, P. Ward, Nicholas Smeeton

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The science of expertise and skill acquisition in sports is a quite specific area of research within the more general field of motor skills acquisition. With a strong international focus from respected authorities in Europe, North America and Australia this is the first fully comprehensive and focussed work on the subject, providing the definitive collection of current research in this expanding area of study. The book integrates research and theory with implications for real world instruction and practice. As such it is of will appeal to both sports scientists and practitioners. Synopsis The acquisition of skill is fundamental to human existence and throughout life we are continuously trying to develop new skills and refine existing ones. Success in sport depends upon the athlete's ability to develop and fine-tune a specific set of perceptual, cognitive and motor skills. This book examines how we learn such skills and, in particular, considers the crucial role of practice and instruction in the process. Leading authorities within the field provide a comprehensive review of current research and theory on skill acquisition. Potential avenues for future work are highlighted and, where possible, implications for instruction and practice are discussed. Skill Acquisition in Sport will be of interest to those involved in motor behaviour work in the sport and movement sciences, as well as physical therapy, ergonomics and human factors. This book will appeal to students, academics and practitioners, given both its discussion of current and complex issues in motor behaviour and recommendations for effective practice in the field.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSkill acquisition in sport: research, theory and practice
EditorsA.M. Williams, N.J. Hodges
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages21
ISBN (Print)0415270758
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2004


  • skills aquisition
  • sports psychology
  • performance enhancement


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