Physical Education



Sport Psychology


what are basic and complex skills?

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Grant Tweeddale

Basic skills (simple skills) form the foundation of more complex skills. They do not include complicated movements. Basic skills are often generic to many sports. Sportspeople need to master basic skills before they attempt more complex skills. Examples of basic skills are running, jumping, throwing, catching and striking.

Complex skills are more difficult. They include complicated movements that require high levels of co-ordination and control. They are usually sport-specific. Examples of complex skills are serving in tennis, throwing the discus in athletics and performing a vault in gymnastics.

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