Experiential knowledge of expert coaches can help identify informational constraints on performance of dynamic interceptive actions

GREENWOOD, Daniel, DAVIDS, Keith and RENSHAW, Ian (2014). Experiential knowledge of expert coaches can help identify informational constraints on performance of dynamic interceptive actions. Journal of Sports Sciences, 32 (4), 328-335.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2013.824599
Link to published version:: https://doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2013.824599


Coordination of dynamic interceptive movements is predicated on cyclical relations between an individual's actions and information sources from the performance environment. To identify dynamic informational constraints, which are interwoven with individual and task constraints, coaches’ experiential knowledge provides a complementary source to support empirical understanding of performance in sport. In this study, 15 expert coaches from 3 sports (track and field, gymnastics and cricket) participated in a semi-structured interview process to identify potential informational constraints which they perceived to regulate action during run-up performance. Expert coaches’ experiential knowledge revealed multiple information sources which may constrain performance adaptations in such locomotor pointing tasks. In addition to the locomotor pointing target, coaches’ knowledge highlighted two other key informational constraints: vertical reference points located near the locomotor pointing target and a check mark located prior to the locomotor pointing target. This study highlights opportunities for broadening the understanding of perception and action coupling processes, and the identified information sources warrant further empirical investigation as potential constraints on athletic performance. Integration of experiential knowledge of expert coaches with theoretically driven empirical knowledge represents a promising avenue to drive future applied science research and pedagogical practice.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Accepted: 9 Jul 2013 Published online: 09 Sep 2013
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Centre for Sports Engineering Research
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2013.824599
Page Range: 328-335
Depositing User: Carole Harris
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2013 14:51
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 19:30
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/7472

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