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Dr Jamie Poolton

About Dr Jamie Poolton

Jamie aims to inform the practice of optimising skill acquisition. His research has captured expert performance characteristics, investigated skill failure and examined alternative skill learning interventions. The findings are discussed across our Sports Coaching degrees and with our external partners.

Jamie holds an Honours degree in Sport and Exercise Science from The University of Birmingham and a PhD from The University of Hong Kong (HKU). Before arriving at Leeds Beckett in 2014, Jamie was Assistant Director of HKU's Institute of Human Performance and Assistant Professor of Skill Learning and Expert Performance. Jamie has established links with internationally excellent and world-leading research groups in the field of skill acquisition.

Current Teaching

Undergraduate (BSc):

  • Practical Coaching Pedagogy
  • Research Methods in Sports Coaching
  • Final Year Project

Postgraduate (MSc):

  • Optimising Skill Acquisition and Learning
  • Applied Coaching Project

Research Interests

In pursuit of informing the practice of optimising skill acquisition and performance, Jamie's research activity has concentrated on understanding the dynamics of perceptual-cognitive-motor performance and investigating the mechanisms underpinning sub-standard performance (skill failure), in order to develop skill learning interventions that promote resilient perceptual-motor skills. The work is informed by theories/models of implicit learning, reinvestment, attentional control, ecological dynamics and working memory.

The work readily transfers across domains, including sport, education, special populations and surgery, heightening the potential for real-world impact. The practical utility of the research is regularly discussed with both the next and current generation of professional coach practitioners studying our Sports Coaching degrees, national and international governing bodies of sport, physical and surgical educators and research teams across the Carnegie School of Sport

Selected Publications

Journal articles (30)

Chapters (1)

  • Masters RSW; Poolton JM (2012) Advances in implicit motor learning. In: Williams AM; Hodges NJ Skill Acquisition in Sport: Research, Theory and Practice. : , pp. .
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