Variation in Coordination of a Discrete Multiarticular Action as a Function of Skill Level

Chow, Jia Yi, Davids, Keith W., Button, Chris, & Koh, Michael (2007) Variation in Coordination of a Discrete Multiarticular Action as a Function of Skill Level. Journal of Motor Behavior, 39(6), pp. 463-479.


The authors investigated coordination modes that emerged as a function of the interaction between skill level and task constraints in a multiarticular kicking action. Five skilled, 5 intermediate, and 5 novice participants attempted to satisfy specific height and accuracy constraints in kicking a ball over a barrier. Skilled and intermediate groups demonstrated a functional coordination mode involving less joint involvement at the proximal joints and greater joint involvement at distal joints, mimicking a chip-like action in soccer. Conversely, the novice group tended to produce larger ranges of motion throughout the kicking limb in a driving-like kicking action. Key differences were also found for task outcome scores, joint angle-angle relations, and ball-trajectory plots between the skilled and intermediate groups and the novice group. Findings from this study demonstrated that joint involvement during this discrete multiarticular action is a function of skill level and task constraints rather than a consequence of a global freezing-freeing strategy suggested in some previous research. The authors also highlight the merit of using a model of the acquisition of coordination in examining how coordination modes for multiarticular actions differ as a function of skill.

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ID Code: 12638
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Coordination, Discrete Multiarticular Actions, Skill Level, Task Constraints
ISSN: 0022-2895
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > HUMAN MOVEMENT AND SPORTS SCIENCE (110600)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Heldref Publications
Deposited On: 30 Jul 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:37

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