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1 Introduction: Developing Expertise in Sport - Enhancing the Coach-Scientist Relationship - Damian Farrow, Joseph Baker and Clare MacMahon Section 1 Expert Systems 2 Outliers, Talent Codes and Myths: Play and Practice in Developing the Expert Athlete - Joseph Baker and Steve Cobley Coach's Corner: Eddie Jones - Head Coach, Japanese Rugby Union Team 3 How Good Are We At Predicting Athletes' Futures? - Joerg Schorer and Marije Elferink-Gemser Coach's Corner: John Keogh - Senior Women's Coach, Rowing Canada Aviron 4 Functional Sport Expertise Systems - Jason Gulbin and Juanita Weissensteiner Coach's Corner: Trish Heberle - Hockey Australia and Adam Sachs - Gymnastics Australia Section 2 Expert Officials and Coaches 5 The Sports Official in Research and Practice - Henning Plessner and Clare MacMahon Coach's Corner: Ralf Brand - Basketball Referee in Germany's First League. 6 Developing the Expert Performance Coach - Jean Cote, Karl Erickson and Pat Duffy Coach's Corner: Patrick Hunt - Applied Technical Advancement Coach - Australian Institute of Sport Section 3 Contemporary Coaching Approaches 7 Observation as an Instructional Method - Nicola J. Hodges and Diane Ste-Marie Coach's Corner: Hernan E. Humana - Former Canadian Olympic Beach Volleyball Coach 8 Organizing Practice: Effective Practice Is More than Just Reps - Jae T. Patterson and Timothy D. Lee Coach's Corner: Gary Bernard - Chief Executive Officer, PGA of Canada 9 Practising Implicit (Motor) Learning - Rich Masters Coach's Corner: Tom Willmott - Head Coach New Zealand's "Winter Performance Park & Pipe Programme" Section 4 Expert Athlete Processes 10 'Choking' In Sport: Research and Implications - Robin Jackson, Sian L. Beilock and Noel P. Kinrade Coach's Corner: Scott Draper 11 Expert Visual Perception: Why Having a Quiet Eye Matters in Sport - Derek Panchuk and Joan N. Vickers Coach's Corner: Hayley Wickenheiser - Canadian Women's (Ice) Hockey Team Member 12 The Recipe for Expert Decision Making - Damian Farrow and Markus Raab Coach's Corner: Neil Craig - Director of Football Performance, Melbourne Football Club 13 Developing Tactics: Advances in Cognitive Psychology and Technology - Stuart Morgan and Sue L. McPherson Coach's Corner: Norma Plummer - Head Coach West Coast Fever Netball Team Section 5 Expert Commentary 14 Research -Informed Practice...Are We Nearly There Yet? - Bruce Abernethy 15 There Is No Easy Route to Expertise - Geert Savelsbergh

About the Author

Damian Farrow holds a joint appointment with Victoria University, Australia, and the Australian Institute of Sport as a Professor of Sports Science. His extensive research activity is designed to support Australian coaches seeking to understand factors critical to developing sport expertise, particularly perceptual-cognitive skill and practice methodology. Joseph Baker is with the Lifespan Health and Performance Laboratory at York University, Canada. Joe is the author of more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and four previous books. His research considers the influences on optimal human development, ranging from issues affecting youth development to barriers and facilitators of successful aging. Clare MacMahon is discipline leader of Sport Science and head of Motor Learning and Skilled Performance in Health Sciences at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia. Her research focuses on cognitive aspects of movement skills, including learning and retaining complex perceptual-cognitive skills such as sport decision making.


'...Tying these real life experiences and coaching practices to theoretical framings and research of sport expertise is perhaps one of the biggest strengths of the book in terms of bridging the gap between theory and practice, between scientist and coach, within the multifaceted field of sport expertise...

...this is a book worth taking your time to read. It presents both interesting and relevant theoretical frameworks and current research, as well as connecting these to the practical world of coaches in sport.'

Anne Tjonndal (2015), Closing the gap between theoretical research and practice in sports coaching at www.idrottsforum.org/tjoann_farrowetal150922/

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