#48 Dr. Mark Williams, Skill Acquistion Expert, On Why Early Engagement is Better than Early Specialization"

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Dr. Williams is Professor and Chair, Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Recreation at University of Utah. Dr. Williams has previously held senior leadership positions in the UK (Head of Life Sciences, Brunel University London) and Australia (Associate Dean for Research, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney).

His research interests focus on the neural and psychological mechanisms underpinning the acquisition and development of perceptual-cognitive and perceptual-motor skills. He has published almost 180 journal articles in peer-reviewed outlets in numerous fields including exercise and sports science (e.g., Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise, Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, Sports Medicine), experimental psychology (e.g., Acta Psychologica, British Journal of Psychology, Experimental Psychology, Visual Cognition, Journal of Experimental Psychology), neuroscience (Neuroscience Letters, Human Brain Mapping, Neuroimage) and medicine (The Lancet, British Medical Journal, Medical Education). He has written 15 books, almost 80 book chapters, 60 professional articles, 91 journal abstracts, and has delivered almost 200 keynote and invited lectures in over 30 countries.

He is Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Sports Science and Executive Editor for the journal Human Movement Science. Also, he sits on the editorial boards of the Scandinavian Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, and Frontiers of Cognition, and Frontiers in Psychology (Performance Science). Moreover, he has acted as a Guest Editor of special issues for prestigious journals such as Journal of Sport Sciences, Journal of Motor Behavior, Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, and Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied.

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Show Notes

5:45 He was one of first UK graduates in Sport and Exercise Science

8:20 Mark discusses the concepts of reinvestment and paralysis by analysis

17:15 The role of the coach in practices

25:45 Differences between specialization and early engagement

35:35 Coaching is an art form but there’s no reason it cannot be informed by science

48:20 Mark’s biggest coaching pet peeve

Get in Touch

Email: mark.williams@health.utah.edu

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