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Developmental activities and the acquisition of perceptual-cognitive expertise in international field hockey players

Drake, David and Breslin, Gavin (2017) Developmental activities and the acquisition of perceptual-cognitive expertise in international field hockey players. International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching, 0(0) . pp. 1-7. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1177/1747954117711093

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to contrast the practice history profiles of international field hockey players and developmental activities leading to the attainment of high levels of perceptual-cognitive performance. Twenty-three international hockey players were assigned to a high performing or low performing group based on coach rankings of their perceptual and decision-making skill. Participants completed a practice history questionnaire assessing the number of hours in total practice, match play, coach-led practice, individual practice and peer-led play. Results showed that high performing players accumulated greater hours in total practice, match play, and coach-led practice compared to their low performing counterparts. Match play and coach-led practice are influential factors in the development of perceptual cognitive performance. Diversification of sporting activities during participant’s development years did not have a negative consequence on the acquisition of hockey-specific perceptual-cognitive skills.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Deliberate play, specialization, diversification, decision making, practice history
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Sport
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute
Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute > Centre for Sports Science and Sports Medicine
ID Code:37957
Deposited By: Mrs Julie Haydock
Deposited On:30 May 2017 08:37
Last Modified:17 Oct 2017 16:29

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