How does knowledge constrain sport performance? An ecological perspective

ARAUJO, D, DAVIDS, K, CORDOVIL, R, RIBEIRO, R and FERENANDES, O (2009). How does knowledge constrain sport performance? An ecological perspective. In: ARAUJO, D, RIPOLL, H and RAAB, M, (eds.) Perspectives on cognitive and action in sport. Nova Publishers, 119-131.

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From an ecological perspective knowledge signifies the degree of fitness of a performer and his/her environment. From this viewpoint, the role of training is to enhance this degree of fit between a specific athlete and the performance environment, instead of the enrichment of memory in the performer. In this regard, ecological psychology distinguishes between perceptual knowledge or "knowledge of" the environment and symbolic knowledge or "knowledge about" the environment. This distinction elucidates how knowing how to act (knowing of) as well as knowing how to verbalise memorial representations (e.g., a verbal description of performance) (knowing about) are both rooted in perception. In this chapter we demonstrate these types of knowledge in decision-making behaviour and exemplify how they can be presented in 1 v 1 practice task contraints in basketball.

Item Type: Book Section
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Centre for Sports Engineering Research
Page Range: 119-131
Depositing User: Carole Harris
Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2011 09:21
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2021 00:31

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