This course introduces the student to the basic concepts and principles underlying the organization and execution of human complex motor skills. After completion of the course studens should be able to:
Understand the complexity of human movement but also the unlimited capabilities of the human motor system has in acheiving the desired highly coordinated motor output required in sports.
Apply the acquired knowledge to the daily practice of teaching new motor skills and designing training regimens.
The course also helps in buidling the basic knowledge background for a more complete understanding of the material covered in other highly relevant courses such as motor learning and biomechanics.
The long term goal of the course is to capture the students' interest in motor control and inspire them into a more systematic search of problems and issues related to the control and learning of movement.
Course Content (Syllabus)
Introduction to human movement. The degrees of freedom problem. - Progress report 1
Motor control theories
Closed (feedback) and open (feedforward) loop control of movement - Progress report 2
Planning and control of upper limb motor skills (reaching, grasping, aiming, throwing, bimanual movements)
Postural control. Static and dynamic balance skills.
Locomotion skills (gait, running) - Progress Report 3
Rhythmical movements - Rythm and timing perception and production
Recording, analyzing and assessing perceptuo-motor skills
Lab (research) activity: Experiment on balance control assesment
Motor control and learning laboratory: Research applications in sports science
Development and learning of sport skills - Assignement 1
Effects of aging on motor control and function
motor control, coordination, balance, motor skill, perception