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Transfer of expert Visual-Perceptual-Motor skill in sport

Müller, S.ORCID: 0000-0001-5777-4953 and Rosalie, S.M. (2018) Transfer of expert Visual-Perceptual-Motor skill in sport. In: Williams, A.M. and Jackson, R., (eds.) Perception and decision-making in sport. Routledge as part of the Taylor and Francis group.


The transfer of visual-perceptual-motor skill has received less attention in the literature on sport expertise in comparison to topics such as performance and learning (Seifert et al., 2016). Yet, the potential transfer of visual-perceptual-motor skill from one context to another is vital for successful achievement of motor skill goal(s) within sports (Rosalie & Müller, 2012). Does baseball batting practice with ProBatter or a traditional ball projection machine transfer to batting against a pitcher in a practice or competition setting? The transfer of visual-perceptual-motor skill is also important when an attempt is made to change from a sport in which expert status has been attained to a closely related or unrelated sport (Bullock et al., 2009). Are athletes capable of transferring their visual-perceptual-motor skill from cricket batting to baseball batting or from sprinting to skeleton? Furthermore, transfer can have important implications for the development of sport expertise (Abernethy, Baker, & Côté, 2005). Does sampling several sports help develop fundamental visual-perceptual-motor skills that then transfer to the eventual sport of specialization? These are pertinent applied questions that present contexts that can be manipulated to test theories of transfer in relation to the field of sport expertise and skill learning. Knowledge gained from these applied questions can guide coaching practice and development programs across several sports. A clearer conceptualization of what constitutes transfer could provide the impetus to stimulate further research on the topic and guide practical application.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Psychology and Exercise Science
Publisher: Routledge as part of the Taylor and Francis group
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