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Dr Chris Pocock

Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology

c.pocock@chi.ac.uk | 01243 816309

Chris is a Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology (Skill Acquisition) within the Chichester Institute of Sport. Chris completed his PhD at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, which focused on understanding key constraints in Rugby Union place kicking. Chris’ current research interests include applying an ecological dynamics framework to understanding performance environments, using experiential knowledge of players and coaches to inform representative practice design, and analysing visual exploratory activity in sport.

Chris is module co-ordinator for undergraduate and postgraduate modules which focus on cognitive psychology and skill acquisition. Before joining the University of Chichester in 2020, Chris has previously taught sport psychology and skill acquisition modules at Kingston University, London and St Mary’s University, Twickenham. Chris is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the Expertise and Skill Acquisition Network.

Professional

Education

2016-2019: PhD in Expert Performance and Skill Acquisition, St Mary’s University, Twickenham

2016-2017: Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education, St Mary’s University, Twickenham

2014-2015: Master of Research (Science), University of Portsmouth

2011-2014: BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science, University of Portsmouth

Teaching

Chris currently leads the following modules:

  • Cognitive Processes in Sport (Level 7)
  • Cognitive Psychology for Sports Performance (Level 5)
  • Introduction to Skill Acquisition (Level 4)

Chris also contributes to modules of Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology and Evaluating Sport, Exercise and Health. In addition to teaching and module co-ordination, Chris supervises undergraduate and postgraduate research dissertations.

Memberships

Fellow of Higher Education Academy

Member of Expertise and Skill Acquisition Network

Publications

Peer Reviewed Articles:

Pocock, C., Bezodis, N. E., Davids, K., & North, J. S. (2021). Effects of manipulating specific individual constraints on performance outcomes, emotions, and movement phase durations in Rugby Union place kicking. Human Movement Science, 79, 102848. 

Pocock, C., Bezodis, N. E., Davids, K., Wadey, R., & North, J. S. (2020). Understanding key constraints and practice design in Rugby Union place kicking: Experiential knowledge of professional kickers and experienced coaches. International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching, 15(5-6), 631-641.

Pocock, C., Dicks, M., Thelwell, R. C., Chapman, M., & Barker, J. B. (2019). Using an imagery intervention to train visual exploratory activity in elite academy football players. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 31(2), 218-234.

Pocock, C., Bezodis, N. E., Davids, K., & North, J. S. (2018). Hot hands, cold feet? Investigating effects of interacting constraints on place kicking performance at the 2015 Rugby Union World Cup. European Journal of Sport Science, 18(10), 1309-1316.

North, J. S., Bezodis, N. E., Murphy, C., Runswick, O. R., Pocock, C., & Roca, A. (2018). The effect of consistent and varied follow-through practice schedules on learning a table tennis backhand. Journal of Sports Sciences, 37(6), 613-620.

Dicks, M., Pocock, C., Thelwell, R. C., & van der Kamp, J. (2017). A novel on-field training intervention improves novice goalkeeper penalty kick performance. The Sport Psychologist, 31(2), 129-133.

Conference Presentations:

Pocock, C., Bezodis, N. E., Davids, K., & North, J. S. (2019). Experiential knowledge of key constraints: Implications for representative practice environments. Expertise and Skill Acquisition Network Conference. 2nd May 2019, St Mary’s University, Twickenham, U.K. (Invited symposium presentation).

Pocock, C., Bezodis, N. E., Davids, K., & North, J. S. (2017). Experiential knowledge of elite Rugby Union players on key performance constraints in place kicking. Second Scientific Conference on Motor Skill Acquisition. 14th-17th November 2017, Kisakallio, Finland (Oral presentation).

Pocock, C., Bezodis, N. E., Davids, K., & North, J. S. (2017). Effects of task and contextual constraints on place kicking performance at the 2015 Rugby World Cup. North American Society for Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity Conference. 4th-8th June 2017, San Diego, USA (Poster presentation).

Pocock, C., Bezodis, N. E., Davids, K., & North, J. S. (2017). Effects of task and contextual constraints on place kicking performance at the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Expertise and Skill Acquisition Network Conference. 24th-25th May 2017, Coventry, U.K. (Poster presentation).

North, J. S., Bezodis, N. E., Murphy, C. P., Runswick, O. R., Pocock, C., & Roca, A. (2017). The effect of consistent and varied follow-through practice schedules on learning a table tennis backhand. Expertise and Skill Acquisition Network Conference. 24th-25th May 2017, Coventry, U.K. (Poster presentation).

Pocock, C., Dicks, M., Thelwell, R. C., Chapman, M., & Barker, J. B. (2017). Using an imagery intervention to train Visual Exploratory Activity in elite academy football players. Research in Imagery and Observation Conference. 18th-19th May 2017, University of Roehampton, U.K. (Oral presentation).

Research

Chris’ research focuses on applying an ecological dynamics framework to understand skilled performance and design representative practice environments. Understanding key constraints and contextual factors that influence performance of self-paced skills, and using experiential knowledge of players and coaches, helps to shape Chris’ research on practice design in sport. During his PhD, Chris used qualitative and quantitative research methods to understand task, environmental, individual and situational constraints which influence place kicking performance in Rugby Union.

Other current research interests include visual exploratory activity in football and how expert performers scan for information to guide skilled actions. Chris acts as a peer reviewer for sport science and applied sport psychology journals, including Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, Journal of Sports Sciences, and Psychology of Sport and Exercise.