Analysis of the differences in the knowledge of the tennis players, in function del level of expertise


  • L. García
  • M. P. Moreno
  • A. Moreno
  • D. Iglesias
  • F. Del Villar


This study tries to verify the existence of a cognitive component in tactical tennis players  behaviour that acquire different manifestations in function of level from sport skill. This cognitive component is of great importance because it conditions the decisional capacity of the tennis player during the game. The study was made with 12 tennis players (6 experts and 6 novices) allowed us to analyze the differences in the knowledge (declarative and procedural) between players of tennis of different level from expertise. The measurement of the knowledge has been made using adapted questionnaires of McGee and Farrow (1987) and verbal protocol of McPherson (1999a, 2000. The results show to differences of knowledge between experts and novice, so that the players with greater level of skill develop a greater knowledge, more structured and sophisticated, that allows them to accede to one more a more excellent information for the decision making. The correlational analysis sample that exists a strong relation between the general knowledge of game (declaratory and procedural) and the procedural knowledge in the action, which indicates the utility of this type of measurements to evaluate cognitive factors bound to the tactics and the decision making in tennis.
Key Words: procedural knowledge, expertise, tennis.


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Author Biographies

L. García

Facultad de Ciencias de la Salud y del Deporte. Universidad de Zaragoza.

M. P. Moreno

Facultad de Ciencias del Deporte. Universidad de Extremadura.

A. Moreno

Facultad de Ciencias del Deporte. Universidad de Extremadura.

D. Iglesias

Facultad de Formación del Profesorado. Universidad de Extremadura.

F. Del Villar

Facultad de Ciencias del Deporte. Universidad de Extremadura.





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