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High performance sport as a model for the acquisition, retention and retraining of an individual's skill base


UK Sport

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To encourage basic research on understanding the biological and psychological basis of skill learning and retention. This will address issues of common interest such as the improved maintenance of an individual's skills base and lead to improved training methodologies for elite athletes.

Key aims

To further understand skill in both high performing athletes and the wider population throughout the lifecourse, this research sets out to answer the following questions:

  • How does cognitive capability interact with the social and physical environment to influence the development of skill and expertise, and are there markers for skill acquisition?
  • What cognitive and psychological factors facilitate an individual's ability to maintain a high level of performance, and what affects an individual's resilience?
  • How do we optimise the retention, as well as the learning and retraining of skills by an individual to maximise the performance and flexibility of their skill base?