Motor Skill Acquisition and Learning is Steve’s specialist academic field. The research into how we acquire physical skills provides critical information and guidance on how we as learners and coaches should structure training and practice. Many practitioners and organisations find it difficult to maintain currency as academic and scientific understanding constantly develops. Some methods and approaches utilised in teaching and coaching are poorly informed and lag behind, or are even contradicted by, up-to-date, high quality research evidence. Indeed, there is often great resistance to change, particularly in large and complex organisations in which inertia can be difficult to overcome.
Steve has a combination of decades of personal experience in a wide range of sports and activities, coupled to a significant number of high level coaching and leading awards covering a great many sports. Critically though, he has been regularly involved in relevant research over the past decade and a half meaning that his 30+ years teaching and coaching career has been subject to constant and immediate updating due to his close contact to the academic evidence being produced. The quality of his work has been recognised by the Economic & Social Research Council who funded his two most recent research projects.
Steve is enthusiastic to share his own experience and accrued knowledge and encourages learners and coaches from all disciplines to constantly challenge their own practice. Steve delivers skill acquisition programmes, lectures and workshops in a variety of academic and organisational contexts as well as offering his signature Skill Acquisition course on a regular basis. He has been the keynote speaker at British Canoeing’s Level 5 Coach conference: introducing and explaining Interference Effects. He was also instrumental in devising the assessment criteria for the British Caving Association’s CIC coaching module.
If you are interested in furthering your understanding of contemporary evidence in the field of physical skill learning and wish to enhance your own learning strategies or more effectively assist others, you should find this course stimulating and beneficial. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Steve; he’ll be pleased to hear from you and will do his best to help.
Latest research: Banks, S., Sproule, J., Higgins, P., & Wulf, G. (2020). Forward thinking: When a distal external focus makes you faster, Human Movement Science, 74. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.humov.2020.102708