The contribution of structured activity and deliberate play to the development of expert perceptual and decision-making skill

Berry, Jason, Abernethy, Bruce and Cote, Jean (2008) The contribution of structured activity and deliberate play to the development of expert perceptual and decision-making skill. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 30 6: 685-708. doi:10.1123/jsep.30.6.685


Author Berry, Jason
Abernethy, Bruce
Cote, Jean
Title The contribution of structured activity and deliberate play to the development of expert perceptual and decision-making skill
Journal name Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0895-2779
1543-2904
Publication date 2008-12-01
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1123/jsep.30.6.685
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 30
Issue 6
Start page 685
End page 708
Total pages 24
Editor R. C. Eklund
Place of publication Champaign, IL, USA
Publisher Human Kinetics
Language eng
Subject C1
950102 Organised Sports
970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
110603 Motor Control
Abstract The developmental histories of 32 players in the Australian Football League (AFL), independently classified as either expert or less skilled in their perceptual and decision-making skills, were collected through a structured interview process and their year-on-year involvement in structured and deliberate play activities retrospectively determined. Despite being drawn from the same elite level of competition, the expert decision-makers differed from the less skilled in having accrued, during their developing years, more hours of experience in structured activities of all types, in structured activities in invasion-type sports, in invasion-type deliberate play, and in invasion activities from sports other than Australian football. Accumulated hours invested in invasion-type activities differentiated between the groups, suggesting that it is the amount of invasion-type activity that is experienced and not necessarily intent (skill development or fun) or specificity that facilitates the development of perceptual and decision-making expertise in this team sport.
Keyword sport expertise
skill development
practice
learning
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: 2009 Higher Education Research Data Collection
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