Skill transfer through multi-sport play: A tennis and hockey example


  • E. Paul Roetert USTA
  • Ola Malmqvist USTA
  • Karl Davies USTA
  • Richard Way Sport for Life Society, Canada



multi-sport play, skill transfer, commonalities, practical application


The concept of “skill transfer” is introduced with the sports of ice hockey and tennis as examples. Skill transfer is addressed with a backdrop and understanding that it is based on existing concepts that have been researched significantly over the past few decades. They include Physical Literacy, Early Sport Specialization and Long-Term Athlete Development. Specific commonalities and skill benefits are highlighted. This inclusive, unified approach may serve as a catalyst to a better understanding of the benefits of skill transfer as well as the benefits of learning physical activities through two sport examples on multiple surfaces.


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How to Cite

Roetert, E. P., Malmqvist, O., Davies, K., & Way, R. (2021). Skill transfer through multi-sport play: A tennis and hockey example. ITF Coaching & Sport Science Review, 29(85), 5–8.




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