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Cluster analysis of movement patterns in multiarticular actions: A tutorial

Rein, Robert, Button, Chris, Davids, Keith W., & Summers, Jeffery (2010) Cluster analysis of movement patterns in multiarticular actions: A tutorial. Motor Control, 14(2), pp. 211-239.

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Abstract

The present paper proposes a technical analysis method for extracting information about movement patterning in studies of motor control, based on a cluster analysis of movement kinematics. In a tutorial fashion, data from three different experiments are presented to exemplify and validate the technical method. When applied to three different basketball-shooting techniques, the method clearly distinguished between the different patterns. When applied to a cyclical wrist supination-pronation task, the cluster analysis provided the same results as an analysis using the conventional discrete relative phase measure. Finally, when analyzing throwing performance constrained by distance to target, the method grouped movement patterns together according to throwing distance. In conclusion, the proposed technical method provides a valuable tool to improve understanding of coordination and control in different movement models, including multiarticular actions.

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ID Code: 40998
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: The authors would like to thank Mike Garry, PhD, School of Psychology, University of Tasmania, for collecting the bimanual data for Experimental Case Study 2.
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Keywords: Cluster Analysis, Coordination, Movement Pattern, Control
ISSN: 1087-1640
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > HUMAN MOVEMENT AND SPORTS SCIENCE (110600) > Motor Control (110603)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Health Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Human Kinetics, Inc.
Deposited On: 29 Mar 2011 10:38
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2012 00:32

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