Motor Control And Learning Case Study

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Motor Control and Learning Lab Practical Week One 1. Describe the motor skill and outline the goal of the skill. The motor skill selected for Partner B was a basic overhand throw, to Partner A, using a tennis ball. The goal of the exercise was to maintain a correct posture and correctly execute the movement pattern to ensure the ball was thrown with accuracy to Partner A. 2. Describe the movement pattern of the selected skill. Partner B began the movement pattern by grasping the ball in the dominant hand and flexing the arm, brining the wrist and hand towards the shoulder. The shoulder and should be slightly abducted compared to the trunk; and the torso should also be marginally rotated, with the dominant foot planted slightly before the…show more content…
This constraint is meant to severely limit the Partner B’s range of motion, denying them the necessary shoulder rotation to complete the throw efficiently. The environmental modification was to blindfold Partner B, effectively simulating a dark room or even a night match. Utilizing the blindfold is meant to impair Partner B’s vision during the exercise, which therefore may affect their accuracy, precision and possibly balance as they are denied the primary sense of sight and its subsequent feedback. Finally, the task modification was to require Partner B to complete the throw using their least dominant hand. The effect of this modification may either greatly impair Partner B, or have no effect at all depending upon their level of ambidexterity; regardless, it is meant to make the task more difficult as Partner B is expected to transfer a known motion pattern to their less conditioned…show more content…
Where on the continuums would you place your selected motor skill? Justify, in one of two sentences, the location of the motor skill on each of the continuums. With respect to the size of musculature continuum, the overhand throw would fall within the mid-range, because not only does it require major muscles of the back, shoulders, arms and core but also smaller muscles of the wrist and hand to properly release and guide the ball. Additionally, it would be a discrete movement as there is an obvious beginning and end to the pattern. However, it would also be considered a closed exercise, as there was nothing else in the environment that would have influenced Partner B’s ability to throw the ball. 6. Do the same thing on four other motor skills. Describe, discuss and compare the locations of the motor

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