Skill Acquisition for Sport

Skill Acquisition for Sport         
Prepared by  Prepared by: Christine May, Senior Research Consultant, Clearinghouse for Sport, Sport Australia (formerly Australian Sports Commission)
evaluated by  Evaluation by: Derek Panchuk, National Lead, Skill Acquisition, Australian Institute of Sport (October 2016)
Reviewed by  Reviewed by network: Australian Sport Information Network (AUSPIN)
Last updated  Last updated: March 2017
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Skill acquisition investigates the factors that affect the acquisition, performance, and retention of sports skills in both developing and elite athletes. Skill acquisition specialists attempt to understand how individuals or groups are able to make decisions, source information and produce complex movement patterns in an information rich and dynamic environment. Skill acquisition specialists also develop skill testing protocols with the aim of enhancing the specificity of the testing environment to replicate actual playing environments. Skill acquisition specialists work with coaches to improve the quality of the practice environment so that the athletes learn as effectively as possible. They may also work closely with other sport science disciplines, in particular, biomechanics, psychology and performance analysis.

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