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BIOS Instant Notes in Motor Control, Learning and Development

By Andrea Utley, Sarah Astill

© 2008 – Routledge

227 pages | 164 B/W Illus.

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Paperback: 9780415391399
pub: 2008-02-07

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Instant Notes in Motor Control, Learning and Development provides an overview of how the brain and nervous system control movement, and how new movements are learned and improved. The early chapters set the scene by defining the field and discussing the measurement of movement. This leads to chapters that explain how we control movement and learn to control movement. The final section considers the development of motor skills. The topics covered in this text provide foundation knowledge that is vital for any individual who is working in the movement context as a teacher, coach, or therapist. Each chapter can be read in isolation but links are made and related topics highlighted.

Due to the wide range of information contained in the book, it will be relevant to students studying all sports-related courses, including sport coaching courses.


"The strength of this book is the integration of three areas that are often dealt with in separate texts. Authoritative and written in a clear and concise manner, it captures the Zeitgeist in the scientific study of motor behaviour and is highly recommended as an introductory text or study companion for students on sports science and coaching courses." International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching, 2008

Table of Contents

A. What is Motor Control?

B. Classification of Skill

C. Measurement in Motor Control

D. Theories of Control

E. Information Processing

F. The Central Nervous System (Neurological Issues)

G. Sensory Contributions to Control

H. Theories of Motor Learning

I. Stages of Motor Learning

J. Memory

K. Implications for Practice

L. The Role and Function of Feedback

M. Theories of Motor Development

N. Development of Fundamental Movement Skills

About the Series

Instant Notes

The Instant Notes series provides concise coverage of each subject, providing easy access to essential information. Each book:

  • focuses on core information
  • enables the reader to grasp the subject quickly and easily
  • offers a structural approach to learning
  • provides the essential facts with detailed explanations and clear illustrations.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Cytology
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Human Anatomy & Physiology
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Anatomy & Physiology (see also Life Sciences / Human Anatomy & Physiology)
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Biology / Developmental Biology