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Terry McMorris was born in North Shields, UK, but brought up in Hartlepool, UK. After leaving school he trained as a teacher at De la Salle College of Education, Manchester, and later at Carnegie School of Physical Education, Leeds. Terry taught for 17 years in schools in Hartlepool before undertaking a Master of Physical Education degree at the University of New Brunswick, Canada. During his time teaching, Terry played semi-professional and amateur football and cricket, amateur table tennis, and becaeme a Fully Qualified Football Association Coach (equivalent of the modern day UEFA A licence). He coached Hartlepool Schools representative teams, Cleveland County under-15s and under-19s, and worked for the FA on preliminary coaching award courses. After returning from Canada he worked part-time as a teacher and part-time, firstly, as Director of the Centre of Excellence (forerunners of the Academy system) at Middlesbrough FC and, later, as youth team coach at Hartlepool United FC. In 1988, Terry took up a full-time post at the University of Chichester, UK.
Terry obtained a PhD from the University of Southampton in 1997 and became Professor of Motor Behaviour at Chichester in 2005. He became Emeritus Professor in 2009 and also Visiting Professor at Edinburgh University the same year. As well as his books he has written over 60 papers in peer reviewed journals and given presentations in over 10 countries.

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Praised for its clarity and sport focus, this new edition of Acquisition and Performance of Sports Skills, provides students with the theoretical and practical background that is necessary for an understanding of the basics of skill acquisition and performance. To reflect the debate among researchers into psychomotor learning the ecological versus the cognitive approach the author includes examples from both schools of thought, thus ensuring a balanced approach.

As well as a major update of the text, examples and recommended reading, the new edition includes problem–solving tasks and, in each chapter, a report and brief critique of a relevant research paper. An accompanying website contains all the figures from the book together with a PowerPoint presentation of the key elements of each topic.

A new edition of an established textbook, that looks at skill acquisition firmly within the context of sports performance.

Clearly written, carefully structured and well illustrated with a colour plate section.

Excellent pedagogy including learning objectives, problem–solving tasks and end of chapter questions.

An accompanying website includes all the fi gures with annotations of the key elements of each topic and end of chapter experiments.

Written by an author with many years teaching, research and practical coaching experience, the new edition of this successful textbook will prove invaluable for students of sport and exercise science taking a first course in skill acquisition, motor learning and/or motor control.

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Terry McMorris University of Chichester, UK

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