Motor Learning in Sports Term Paper by Nicky

A discussion on the motor learning process and its application in the sports world.
# 151234 | 2,230 words | 7 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on May 30, 2012 in Sport (Players) , Psychology (General)

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The paper explains the basics of motor learning and discusses the application of feedback and the acquiring of new athletic skills though motor learning as it applies to sports. The paper uses Edson Arantes Do Nascimento (Pele), considered by many to be the best soccer player ever, as an example of one who was able to successfully apply and translate the concepts of augmented extrinsic feedback and intrinsic sensory information feedback to his objective of playing soccer better than anyone else.

Motor Learning
Applying Feedback to Motor Skills

From the Paper:

"Pele was somehow able to incorporate these principles into his own ability to play what he called 'the beautiful game.' In other words, Pele and other athletes that understand and apply the underlying philosophies of a child's ability to acquire motor skills such as building with blocks, developing skills for sports or leisure, writing, drawing or just simply moving through their world will be better at playing the game of soccer, or basketball or any other learning experience. For example, Pele played his game on a rectangular field with goals at either end and he had to interact with the two teams of 11 players all trying to kick a single ball into an opposing goal.
"The skills required to do this entail being exceptional at specific movements in accordance with the rules of the game such as running, kicking or heading the ball and thinking in a proper way at precise point of a game. Consider that it is alright to use any other body part other than the arms and hands to play soccer. But, children who play for the first time, often instinctively reach out to grab the ball with their hands because this is a normal motor skill reaction for the human body even though only a goalie may touch or move the ball with his or her arms and hands in soccer."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Adams, James A. (1971). "A Closed-Loop Theory of Motor Learning." Journal of Motor Behavior 3:111 - 150.
  • Keele, Steven W. (1968). "Movement Control in Skilled Motor Performance." Psychological Bulletin 70:387 - 403.
  • Leawoods, Heather. "Gustav Radbruch: An Extraordinary Legal Philosopher." Retrieved on November 3, 2009, from
  • Magill, R, A. (2007) "Motor Learning Control: Concepts and Applications. McGraw Hill: Louisiana State University, USA.
  • Schmidt, Richard A. (1975). "A Schema Theory of Discrete Motor Skill Learning." Psychological Review 82:225 - 260.

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