USOC Seminar on Development, Enhancement and Sustainability of Expert Performance in Sport

Jan. 26, 2009, 12:27 p.m. (ET)

Starting tomorrow, a USOC Seminar I have been looking forward to for months, is finally happening. Take a look at this schedule!  For those who have taken IMPACT, the names Schmidt and Ericsson have been seen for over 20 years throughout the motor skill section of the manual.  The title sums up what I expect to be a great two days. The chance to see Hugh McCutcheon again, post Beijing, is also something we are looking forward to.  More to come on this, including info about a webinar on the topic with any luck, in a later post.

Development, Enhancement and Sustainability of Expert Performance in Sport November 13 & 14, 2008
Olympic Training Center- Colorado Springs


8:00- 8:30 Welcome

8:30-10:00 Development of Skill in High-Level Performances- K. Anders Ericsson, PhD

Dr. Ericsson’s current research concerns the structure and acquisition of expert performance and in particular how expert performers acquire and maintain their superior performance by extended deliberate practice. Editor of the groundbreaking book- Expert Performance in Sport.

10:30- Noon Feedback Theory—How the Coach Provides Information Peter Vint, PhD

Peter is currently working on the development of perceptual skill measurement and training programs, development of guidelines for delivering feedback during training and competition, and making current and emerging technologies more accessible and usable for coaches and athletes.

1:30-3:00 Acquisition of Motor Skills Dick Schmidt, PhD

For over 30 years, Dick Schmidt has been known as one of the research leaders in motor behavior. In 1975, his Schema theory started the discussion on practice variables like block practice v. random practice.

3:30-5:00 Addressing the Fear-Survival Instinct in Competitive Sport utilizing EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)- Jim Bauman, PhD

Jim will be providing a basic understanding of how the human brain has evolved and, in our sport world, processes external stimuli (training versus competitive situation) as either threatening or not threatening.


8:00-9:30 Detect, Interpret and Act on Environmental Cues for Decision Making- It can be measured! Mark Williams PhD

With projects looking into expert performance and visual perception; Anticipation and decision-making skill in sport and other domains; Development of perceptual-cognitive training programs; Deliberate practice theory and the development of expert performers stress, Dr Williams provides practical application for coaches in this two-part session.

10:00- 11:30 Effective Practices and Instruction - Mark Williams

11:30-12:30 Panel Discussion Guy Baker-Head Coach of the Silver Medalists in Women’s Water Polo, Hugh McCutcheon- Head Coach of the Gold Medalists in Men's Volleyball, K. Anders Ericsson, Peter Vint, Dick Schmidt,   Jim Bauman, Mark Williams