Contemporary Skill (Acquisition) Training Methods in Specialist Football Goalkeeper Coaching

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Across high-performance sport, the periodisation of physical training has been considered critical for athlete performance and development. While benefits of training periodisation in physiological training and sports science have long been proven, the systematic and structured periodisation of motor skill learning programmes for athlete development is seemingly under- researched and not commonly applied. With the goal of conceptualising and investigating this latter form of ‘skill training periodisation’, based on theoretical tenets of Ecological Dynamics, a Nonlinear Pedagogy and the Constraints-Led Approach, this dissertation aims to enhance understanding of multidisciplinary motor learning, psychology and pedagogy principles. By further transferring these principles to a novel coaching context of specialist (role) coaching, reviewed research investigates an emerging trend in high-performance sport; i.e., the integration of specialist coaching and support staff into athlete development programmes. Particularly, the context of specialist goalkeeper coaching in association football (soccer) provides a valuable alley for exploration and application of models of training periodisation and coaching practice for enhanced athlete-centred development. Finally, by introducing three conceptual models for i) skill training periodisation (termed ‘PoST’ framework), ii) the application of instructional constraints to practice (termed ‘skill training communication model’) and iii) specialist coaching integrated into a ‘Department of Methodology’, presented research work enhances academic and practical understanding of critical psychological and pedagogical principles for individual athlete development and future research projects on skill (acquisition) training periodisation and coaching.
Keywords: Skill Training Periodisation; Specialist Role Coaching; Football Goalkeeping; Ecological Dynamics; Nonlinear Pedagogy; Constraints-Led Approach
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationKöln
PublisherDeutsche Sporthochschule Köln
Number of pages84
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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