Dr. Howie Carson

School of Sport and Wellbeing

Greenbank Building, GR153

Howie is an active researcher within the area of skill development and a member of the Institute of Coaching and Performance.

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Howie’s research broadly addresses the control of human movement in relation to different applied coaching outcomes; namely, skill acquisition, refinement and performing under pressure. One of his main goals is to provide comprehensive frameworks, measures and advice to coaches/practitioners which promote an increasingly integrated application of motor control (e.g., practice scheduling) and sport psychology (e.g., mental imagery) principles. In addition, he is interested in the development of, and expert, coach decision making processes which lead to intended coaching outcomes.

From an applied perspective, Howie is an Advanced PGA Professional golf coach and member of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences. Reflecting these roles, he has coached and/or provided consultancy across several sports including; golf, archery, motor sport, cricket, rugby union and clay pigeon shooting.


BA (Hons.) Applied Golf Management Studies, University of Birmingham, 2010
Ph.D. Elite Sports Coaching, University of Central Lancashire, 2014

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Carson, H.J., Collins, D., & Richards, J. (2014). Intra-individual movement variability during skill transitions: A useful marker? European Journal of Sport Science, 14(4), 327–336. doi: 10.1080/17461391.2013.814714

Carson, H.J., Collins, D., & Jones, B. (2014). A case study of technical change and rehabilitation: Intervention design and interdisciplinary team interaction. International Journal of Sport Psychology, 45(1), 57–78. doi: 10.7352/IJSP.2014.45.057 ·

Carson, H.J., Collins, D., & MacNamara, Á. (2013). Systems for technical refinement in experienced performers: The case from expert-level golf. International Journal of Golf Science, 2(1), 65–85.

Carson, H.J., & Collins, D. (2011). Refining and regaining skills in fixation/diversification stage performers: The Five-A Model. International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 4(2), 146–167. doi: 10.1080/1750984X.2011.613682

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Membership of Professional and Learned Bodies

  • The Professional Golfers’ Association (Advanced Member)
  • British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences

Research Projects

  • Technical refinement in high-level performers
  • Enhancing performance under competitive pressure
  • Optimising training practices during skill acquisition
  • Professional judgement and decision making in expert and developing coaches
  • Movement analysis in golf


  • Carson, H.J., & Collins, D. (2014). Enabling technical change in already well-established skills. Paper presented at the 5th Annual Conference of the Expertise and Skill Acquisition Network, Sheffield. [Presentation and expert panel member]
  • Carson, H.J., Collins, D., & Richards, J. (2013, September). Working inside the black box: Refinement of already established skills. Paper presented at the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences Annual Conference, Preston.