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Differences between Motor Learning and Motor Control

What is the difference between motor learning and motor control? Pick a sport that you are familiar with and discuss how practice techniques would influence your planning if you were a coach. Discuss when it might be best to provide either knowledge of performance or knowledge of results to a person learning a motor skill?

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Motor control is the transmission of nerve impulse from the motor cortex to motor units, which results in coordinated contractions of muscles (http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/motor+control). Motor learning is the process of improving motor skills, both the smoothness and accuracy of movements. Through motor learning one is able to achieve skilled behavior. Repetition plays a big part in motor learning.

In swimming, it is important to focus on proper technique in the pool- common errors in freestyle are shoulder/ hand entry position, and head position. Initially I would watch the athlete in the water. Assuming they had the basic skills to swim ...

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This solution outlines the difference between motor learning and motor control. It picks a sports and discusses how practice techniques would influence your planning as a coach. It also discusses when it is best to provide knowledge of performance versus knowledge of results to a person learning a motor skill. It includes links and examples.

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