Chapter 1 - Introduction to Motor Performance and Learning

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Chapter 1 introduction to motor performance and learning. Concept of a motor skill y motor skill a skill for which the primary determinant of success is the quality of the movement. Classifying skills why? y categories based on common characteristics y foundation for developing skill principles or generalizations. Movement precision y gross: involving larger muscle groups. Less emphasis on precision and are typically the result of multi-limb movements (ex-cycling). y fine: skills involving very precise movements, which are accomplished using smaller muscle groups. Usually uses distal muscle groups. y many skills require combined skills. Motor performance y observable attempt of an individual to produce a voluntary action y can be influenced by transient factors: motivation, arousal (anxiety), fatigue, and physical condition. Motor learning y relatively permanent change in behavior as a result of practice y changes in internal processes capability y.

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