5th Edition

Motor Learning and Control for Practitioners

By Cheryl Coker Copyright 2021
    398 Pages 85 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    398 Pages 85 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    With an array of critical and engaging pedagogical features, the fifth edition of Motor Learning and Control for Practitioners offers the best practical introduction to motor learning available. This reader-friendly text approaches motor learning in accessible and simple terms and lays a theoretical foundation for assessing performance; providing effective instruction; and designing practice, rehabilitation, and training experiences that promote skill acquisition.

    Features such as Exploration Activities and Cerebral Challenges involve students at every stage, while a broad range of examples helps readers put theory into practice. The book also provides access to a fully updated companion website, which includes laboratory exercises, an instructors’ manual, a test bank, and lecture slides.

    As a complete resource for teaching an evidence-based approach to practical motor learning, this is an essential text for undergrad and post-grad students, researchers, and practitioners alike who plan to work in the areas of motor learning, motor control, physical education, kinesiology, exercise science, coaching, physical therapy, or dance.

    List of Tables and Figures Foreword Preface Chapter 1 - Introduction to Motor Learning and Control Chapter 2 - Understanding Movement Preparation Chapter 3 - The Role of Attention, Arousal and Visual Search in Movement Preparation Chapter 4 - Behavioral Theories of Motor Control Chapter 5 - Neural Mechanisms: Contributions and Control Chapter 6 - Stages of Learning Chapter 7 - The Learner: Pre-Instruction Considerations Chapter 8 - Skill Presentation Chapter 9 - Principles of Practice Design Chapter 10 - Practice Schedules Chapter 11 - Diagnosing Errors Chapter 12 - Correcting Errors Epilogue – Cases References Index


    Cheryl A. Coker is a motor learning specialist who draws from her experiences as a teacher, coach, and athlete to assist practitioners in putting theory into practice. In addition to Motor Learning and Control for Practitioners, she has authored numerous journal articles and book chapters, and has given over 100 presentations throughout the United States and internationally. She is a Fellow of the Research Consortium in the Society of Health and Physical Educators and of the North American Society of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport and Dance Professionals. Coker lives in New Hampshire where she teaches in the Physical Therapy program at Plymouth State University, and enjoys outdoor activities and spending time with family, friends, and her Bernese Mountain Dog, Tucker.

    "I have found this text to be helpful in engaging my students and creating a leaning environment that is interactive. As a result I have had a positive interchange between instructor and students."

    Charla Bouranis, Salem State University, USA

    "Within my 17 years of teaching in higher education, I have never adopted another textbook for teaching motor learning because this text is so complete."

    George Walker, Cumberland University, USA