The principles of motor performance and learning

4 December 2013, 10:39

Significantly updated, Motor Learning and Performance describes the principles of motor performance and learning in a style that is accessible even to students with little or no knowledge of physiology, psychology, statistical methods and other basic sciences.

It outlines the basics of motor skill learning, building a strong understanding of how skills are acquired and perfected through practice and how to apply the concepts to a variety of real-world settings.

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World Congress of Performance Analysis of Sport IX

17 April 2012, 10:41

World Congress of Performance Analysis of Sport IX
University of Worcester

Wednesday 25th to Saturday 28th July, 2012

The programme contains presentations from leading international keynote speakers from the world of Performance Analysis, over 120 oral presentation spaces for original world class research and six hours of formal poster presentation sessions to disseminate learning from cutting edge science and research covering all aspects of the analysis of sport & performance.

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How motor development affects motor learning

5 September 2011, 11:20

Motor Learning and Development examines the development of movement skill from infancy to adulthood and how differing motor, cognitive and social abilities affect when, why and how an individual learns motor skills.

It provides practicing and student teachers with a thorough understanding of the factors that drive the development of motor skills throughout the life span.

Price: £55.99 I €67.20
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Behavioural aspects of Motor Control

16 May 2011, 09:21

Significantly updated with current research, new learning features and more references, this new edition explains this complex topic in a clear and comprehensive manner.

This outstanding introduction to the field, focuses on those aspects of motor behaviour that can be observed directly as well as the many factors that affect the quality of these performances and the ease with which they can be learned.

Additionally, the text examines some of the neurological and biomechanical processes that create complex movement behaviours, reflecting the convergence toward a shared understanding of complex movement behaviours across the fields of motor behaviour and motor learning, motor control and biomechanics.

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5th Edition of Directory of Sport Science

15 October 2009, 09:15

The Directory of Sport Science, Fifth Edition, is a comprehensive reference work covering the entire field of exercise science.

Written by the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education (ICSSPE) and a team of international scholars, this book gives readers an informed overview of the sport science field with discussion of key functions, methodology, history, organisations, and resources for each sub-discipline and thematic area.

This book will deepen the common understanding of each prominent area of sport science and strengthen the field as a whole. Readers will gain a clear view of the history and current status of each sub-discipline in exercise science, and they will receive essential information to expand their study of the field and explore their potential contributions to its development and success.

An invaluable reference for those currently working in the field of sports science and for those studying to do so.

Price: £38.00 I €41.80
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UKPE News October 2008

10 October 2008, 08:48


Dear Colleague,

Welcome to the October issue of the UKPE newsletter!

The start of the new academic year is now thankfully behind you and with it those difficult first few days back when educating almost seems to take a back seat.

Now, free from such distractions as dealing with a fresh intake of pupils, adjusting to new timetables or even getting to know your way round a new school, it is now possible to once again concentrate fully on with the job at hand – teaching.

But for some of you it will have been the start of more than just a new term.

To those newly qualified teachers just starting out, Human Kinetics extends a warm welcome to what we hope will prove to be a long, rewarding, enjoyable and above all, truly satisfying career.

In the UKPE Newsletter this month…

  • Product of the month…
  • Well you did volunteer
  • Tennis Coaching Course now on DVD
  • Study shows health related exercise in secondary schools is overlooked
  • UK Sport chair awarded peerage
  • BBC Sports Unsung Hero 2008
  • School and Sport Partnerships’ Conference
  • Online Football Coaching from Sport IQ
  • Dates for your diary 
  • Product of the month…
    Games for Motor Learning contains details of 110 enjoyable games, each one of which has been field-tested for over 10 years by experienced teacher and coach Ron Dienstmann. These games integrate the ‘schema theory’ of discrete motor skill learning, co-operative learning and brain research on emotions and learning, into a unified teaching concept.

    In short you get a range of games that are so much fun that pupils don’t even get so much as a hint that they are actually learning and developing the motor skills essential to their future lives.

    While students are having a ball playing these games, they will unwittingly be improving their balance, manipulative, locomotor and social skills at the same time.

    With 110 to choose from it is easy to find games suitable for your situation and incorporate them into your curriculum.
    Each one engages childrens’ minds, keeps them active and moving and can be used at various skill and age levels.

    Guided and shaped by research in multiple areas that affect this development, these games will help students develop motor learning as well as cooperative and social skills.

    While pupils are busy playing, Games for Motor Learning will help them develop motor skills based around a sound theoretical model.

    Children might not care about the theory, but their laughter and excitement in playing the games will parallel their skill development.

    That makes Games for Motor Learning a win-win proposition for students and teachers alike.

    Price: £11.00 (14.85 Euros)
    Read more about the book

    Well you did volunteer

    So you volunteered to coach the basketball team, but are you really ready? How will you teach the fundamental skills, run effective practices and harness the energy of your young team? Fear not: Survival Guide for Coaching Youth Basketball has the answers.

    In Survival Guide for Coaching Youth Basketball, coaches Keith Miniscalco and Greg Kot share their vast experience and provide advice you can rely on from first practice to final game.

    From evaluating players’ skills and establishing realistic goals to in-game coaching tips, it’s all here – the drills, the plays and above all, the fun.

    This new publication will help even the most inexperienced coach develop their team’s dribbling, passing, shooting and rebounding skills by utilising its collection of the game’s best youth drills.

    For plays and sets that young teams can actually run, consult the Survival Guide’s offensive and defensive playbook, or to get the most out of every practice, follow the ready-to-use practice plans.

    Survival Guide for Coaching Youth Basketball has everything you need for a rewarding and productive season.

    PRICE: £8.99 ( 12.15 Euros)

    Tennis Coaching Course now on DVD

    Originally released on video, this hugely popular series of tennis coaching films by leading US coach, Nick Bollettieri is now available on DVD.

    Nick Bollettieri has coached many of the Tennis World’s leading players including Maria Sharapova, Venus and Serena Williams, Tommy Haas, Jelena Jankovic, Andre Agassi, Martina Hingis, Jim Courier, Monica Seles, Anna Kournikova, Marcelo Rios and Boris Becker.

    His teaching techniques and effective coaching methods have formed the foundation for these DVDs, allowing anyone to access his respected coaching knowledge. From tactics to practice and forehands to drop shots, these DVDs bring Bollettieri’s teaching to life.

    The ten DVD series is divided into two main areas. ‘Shot Selection’ Consists of 6 DVDs and covers the techniques necessary to develop:

  • A Killer Forehand
  • A ‘Bollistic’ Backhand
  • A Sonic Service
  • Tenacious Net Play
  • Deadly Drop Shots and Lobs ‘Game Development’ Consists of 4 DVDs and covers:
  • Shot Selection and Court Positioning
  • Building Points and Tactics
  • Competitive Club Doubles
  • Practice With Purpose 

    These superbly produced DVDs offer what is possibly the nearest thing to a one-to-one personal coaching session with Bollettieri with the advantage of being able to repeat the experience at the touch of a button whenever you want .

  • Study shows health related exercise in secondary schools is overlooked

    A number of PE teachers do not appear to be effectively promoting health and physical activity in secondary schools, according to a Loughborough University study.

    Researchers in the University’s School of Sport and Exercise Sciences (SSES) have discovered that despite being a compulsory part of the curriculum, health related exercise (HRE) is often marginalised or poorly delivered in many secondary schools across England.

    HRE was introduced as a statutory component of the National Curriculum in 1992 and is designed to encourage a healthy lifestyle among young people through a variety of sports and physical activities. Researchers surveyed 112 secondary school PE teachers from different local authorities and conducted additional detailed interviews with 12 of the respondents. They found that, whilst most teachers appreciate the importance of HRE, many receive inadequate training in this area, which can lead to poor delivery and coverage of HRE within the physical education curriculum.

    The study identified a lack of formal guidance on the delivery of HRE and confusion around what HRE constitutes. The research underlines the importance of engaging teachers in appropriate continuous professional development (CPD) so they have the necessary knowledge, skills and understanding to help pupils improve their health.

    “The limited experiences that many teachers had of health related exercise in their initial teacher training may be a key contributor to the narrow views and limited understanding that many had,” said lead researcher Laura Ward.

    “Many PE teachers come from competitive sports backgrounds. A lack of further training in health related areas means teachers aren’t really aware of the full range of activities that can achieve the aims of HRE.

    “For a number of them health and life-long physical activity were areas which were absent from their CPD profiles and as such, they seem to be relying on their own personal philosophies to guide their practices.

    “Even the £18m National PE and School Sport CPD programme which contains modules for teachers on health-based physical education, appears to have limited impact. Of the teachers we surveyed, only 7% had accessed the national CPD programme, and less than half knew about it, which points to a lack of awareness of all training opportunities.”

    Miss Ward is presented her research at the annual British Educational Research Association at its annual conference in Edinburgh on Friday September 5th.

    UK Sport chair awarded peerage

    Sue Campbell

    Sue Campbell CBE, Chair of UK Sport and Youth Sport Trust, has been appointed to the House of Lords and will serve as a Crossbench Peer. The accolade is in recognition of her major sporting contribution to the UK.

    Campbell has served sport with high distinction over several decades in a number of high profile and influential roles. A former netball and athletics international player and coach, she lectured at Loughborough University and was a sport development officer before spending 11 years as head of the National Coaching Foundation. She moved to become CEO of the Youth Sport Trust in 1995, becoming its Chair in 2005. She became Chair of UK Sport in 2003, initially in an interim position before being confirmed in post in 2005.

    John Steele, Chief Executive, UK Sport, said: “On behalf of everyone at UK Sport, I am delighted for Sue and congratulate her on her appointment to the Lords. After a lifetime of service, passionate commitment and huge achievement in sport, there is no one more deserving or better qualified than her to play such a new and important role. I am sure she will do a fantastic job and will be looking forward to many years as a cross-bencher representing what she believes in and furthering the role of sport in society.”

    Sue Campbell’s appointment was also welcomed by Peers from across the House of Lords.

    Lord Coe, Chair of London 2012, said: “Sue will be a wonderful addition to the House. I have seen Sue’s dedication to sport first hand in the 30 years I have known her, and I’m delighted that her outstanding achievements in the world of sport have been recognised in this way. She will be a great supporter and champion of the inspirational power of sport, and I know the whole House will benefit from her intimate understanding of sporting issues. “

    Rt Hon Lord Kinnock, Chair of the British Council, said: “I am delighted that Sue’s vision and relentless focus on sport’s potential to change individuals’ lives in the UK and throughout the world continues to be recognised by her introduction to the House of Lords. Over the last few years we have worked together to improve community leadership and health outcomes for hundreds of thousands of young people and, in the run up to 2012, we will pursue the UK’s international sporting legacy by reaching 12 million young people through our joint programme International Inspiration.”

    Source: UK Sport

    BBC Sports Unsung Hero 2008

    Sporting Hero

    Do you know someone in your school or area who goes an extra mile to change the lives of others through sport and deserves recognition?

    The BBC is once again inviting nominations for the nation’s Sports Unsung Hero

    Now in its sixth year, the award is given to a volunteer who has made a difference to their community through sport.

    You can nominate people who, on a voluntary basis, prepare facilities, roll the pitch, coach the juniors, run local sports leagues or work behind the scenes so that sport can be played and enjoyed throughout the UK.

    Fifteen local winners are chosen by each BBC English region as well as Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

    They will then join a star-studded guest list at the Sports Personality of the Year awards ceremony at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on 14 December.

    The overall winner is then decided by a judging panel including representatives from the BBC’s Nations and Regions, plus previous Unsung Hero winners.

    Bursaries of up to £2,500 are also available to the winners of each regional award to help them with their work in sport.

    A local BBC panel of judges will choose a shortlist of regional nominees and the winner will be announced at a regional BBC Sports Awards event.

    School and Sport Partnerships’ Conference

    S & SP

    “Playing your Part in the Team”

    The conference this year will focus on the incredible team work it takes to provide PE and sport for young people.
    We will be exploring these essential team roles through the five themes of Curriculum; Leading, Volunteering and Coaching; School to Community; Competition and Infrastructure.
    The themes will be explored through keynote speeches, mini-keynotes, workshops and networking.
    Delegates will also have the opportunity to be updated on all Youth Sport Trust programmes and visit an exhibition featuring the latest innovations in PE and Sport.


    Running alongside the two day conference is an exhibition and Human Kinetics will be in attendance on Stand 308 where you can see our latest titles.
    Our staff will also be able to answer any queries you may have and advise you of any forthcoming publications.
    In addition you will receive a substantial 25% discount on all purchases so we look forward to meeting as many of you as possible.

    The exhibition is a key focus for the conference with ample time allocated for delegates to move around the stands, which feature displays from NGB’s, national delivery partners and selected Business Honours Club members.
    Other areas included in the exhibition are the Gallery of Practice, PESSYP Area and UK School Games Competition Zone.

    For more information

    Online Football Coaching from Sport IQ

    Sport IQ

    Sport IQ Magazine has just launched a free soccer coaching magazine featuring animated drills and games for all ages.

    Issue one features Shooting with coaching ideas suitable for all age groups from six year olds up to adults.

    Dates for your diary
    Inspiring Dreams: Creating Opportunities.
    Monday 1st – Tuesday 2nd December at the East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham

    Online registration is now open for the Special Schools PE and Sport Conference 2008 – Inspiring Dreams: Creating Opportunities.
    Find out more

    High Quality Physical Education and School Sport: effective approaches to inclusion.
    Lilleshall National Sports Centre, 21st November 2008
    The conference will inform and provide opportunities to address issues of effective leadership for inclusion and personalisation as well as pedagogy and differentiation to challenge pupils appropriately.
    For more information please contact Eileen Hail, Conference Administrator on 01743 254567 or email:

    All prices in this email are valid until 30/04/09 and include VAT where applicable. Postage & Packing within UK – add £2.75 for first item and 75p per additional item. Rest of Europe – add £4 (6 Euros) for first item and £1.50 (2.25 Euros) for each additional item.

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