Skill Acquisition

Skill acquisition is the area of sports psychology concerned with how athletes learn and retain new skills. This includes defining abilites and skills, theories of learning, motor programs and schema theory. Having a good understanding of how the mind works and people learn can help improve your own sports prerformance, especially learning new techniques as well as being beneficial for coaching and teaching others.

Schema Theory

This section looks at motor programmes and their subroutines, the 3 levels of Adams loop control theory as well as an in depth look at Schmidt's Schema Theory.

Phases Of Learning

This section looks at the three stages of learner and descriptions of the tasks performers are expected to do at each stage.  (Equivalent to UK A Level Physical Education)

Ability & Skill

This section describes the difference between abilities and skills, skill continuums, and their uses in a practical context.

Transfer Of Learning

This section looks at the different forms of transfer. Practical examples of their uses are also included.(Equivalent to UK A Level Physical Education)

Theories of Learning

This section looks at different learning theories, the different types of feedback and Learning Plateaus. Theories include Operant Conditioning, Insight Learning and Bandura's Observational Learning.

Teaching Methods

This section looks at the different methods used in teaching and varying ways of practicing a new skill (Equivalent to UK A Level Physical Education)

Information Processing

The section will look at various information processing models from the basic model to Whitings model. Also covered are Hicks Law, factors effecting Reaction time, Single Channel Hypothesis and Psychological Refractory Period.

Teaching Styles

This section looks at the different teaching styles and forms of guidance (Equivalent to UK A Level Physical Education). The styles of teaching that an instructor, coach or teacher adopts depends upon their own personality and ability, the activity and skill being taught, the learners ability, motivation, age and the learning environment.

Memory

This sections looks at memory, it's stores and and methods to improve memory. (Equivalent to UK A Level Physical Education)

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