This book provides students and scholars with a fail-safe guide to the key concepts in the field of Sport & Exercise Science. Intelligently cross-referenced entries provide a sound map of the multi-disciplinary demands of sport related courses including physical and biological sciences, social science and education. The entries use clear definitions, examples, and suggestions for further reading to explore each discipline.



‘Being the best you can be’ is popular motivational advice given to those who express a desire to achieve in a particular event or discipline. However, some people attain higher levels of knowledge and skill than others, with some exhibiting high Motivation and commitment to this goal. Precursors such as motivation or commitment are important as they may culminate in exceptional human attainment. Witnessing outstanding feats of human endeavour, especially in sport, often leaves us thinking about how these have been achieved and how the necessary qualities have been acquired.

The term ‘expertise’ relates to outstanding achievement. The study of expertise both describes and examines the growth and learning of specialist knowledge and skill through experience and practice. Expertise can be described as the property ...

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