The role of ecological constraints on expertise development

Araujo, Duarte, Fonseca, Cristina, Davids, Keith W., Garganta, Júlio, Volossovitch, Anna, Brandão, Regina, & Krebs, Ruy (2010) The role of ecological constraints on expertise development. Talent Development & Excellence, 2(2), pp. 165-179.

View at publisher


The role of ecological constraints on the acquisition of sport expertise is gaining attention in sport science, although more research is needed. In this position paper we provide an ecological explanation for expertise acquisition, as alluding to qualitative data that support the idea that unconventional, even aversive, environmental constraints may play an important role in the development of world-class athletes. We exemplify this argument by profiling the role of unconventional practice environments using association football in Brazilian society as a task vehicle. Contrary to the traditional idea that only deliberate training and development programmes can lead to the evolution of expertise, we propose how expert performance might be gained through highly unstructured activities in Brazilian football, that represent a powerful and little understood implicit environmental constraint that can lead to expertise development in sport.

Impact and interest:

10 citations in Scopus
Search Google Scholar™

Citation counts are sourced monthly from Scopus and Web of Science® citation databases.

These databases contain citations from different subsets of available publications and different time periods and thus the citation count from each is usually different. Some works are not in either database and no count is displayed. Scopus includes citations from articles published in 1996 onwards, and Web of Science® generally from 1980 onwards.

Citations counts from the Google Scholar™ indexing service can be viewed at the linked Google Scholar™ search.

ID Code: 40901
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: This article is freely available from the publisher's website - see "Official URL" above.
Additional URLs:
Keywords: Ecological Psychology, Environmental Constraints, Development, Expertise, Association Football
ISSN: 1869-0459
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > HUMAN MOVEMENT AND SPORTS SCIENCE (110600) > Motor Control (110603)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Health Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences
Deposited On: 22 Mar 2011 07:15
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2011 05:48

Export: EndNote | Dublin Core | BibTeX

Repository Staff Only: item control page