Exploring the kinaesthetic sensitivity of skilled performers for implementing movement instructions

Giblin, Georgia, Farrow, Damian, Reid, Machar, Ball, Kevin and Abernethy, Bruce (2015) Exploring the kinaesthetic sensitivity of skilled performers for implementing movement instructions. Human Movement Science, 41 76-91. doi:10.1016/j.humov.2015.02.006

Author Giblin, Georgia
Farrow, Damian
Reid, Machar
Ball, Kevin
Abernethy, Bruce
Title Exploring the kinaesthetic sensitivity of skilled performers for implementing movement instructions
Journal name Human Movement Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1872-7646
Publication date 2015-06
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.humov.2015.02.006
Open Access Status
Volume 41
Start page 76
End page 91
Total pages 16
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier BV
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract The capability to effectively control or adapt a movement pattern based on instructional feedback is essential for effective motor skill learning in high-level sport, as it is in other domains such as rehabilitation or music. Despite this, little is known about the capabilities of skilled athletes to use kinematic feedback to purposefully modify complex movements. This study examined the accuracy with which skilled junior tennis players could translate specific kinematic feedback into appropriate modifications of their service actions. Participants were required to either increase or decrease maximum knee flexion or shift impact position laterally by incremental amounts. Further, participants were required to execute their serve with the smallest increase and decrease in these kinematic components as they could consciously produce. Inherent variability within the desired target parameters was calculated to add context to the athlete’s accuracy. Results demonstrated that while participants had considerable control over their movements, only some instructions were executed with accuracy greater the variability normally present within their movement. As the required change in knee flexion and impact position increased, absolute accuracy of implementation decreased. These findings are discussed with reference to the smallest controllable changes produced by the athletes and the variability within their actions.
Keyword Kinaesthetic sensitivity
Skill acquisition
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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