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Res Q Exerc Sport. 1999 Sep;70(3):265-72.

Physical assistance devices in complex motor skill learning: benefits of a self-controlled practice schedule.

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Max Planck Institute for Psychological Research. wulf@mpipf-muenchen.mpg.de

Abstract

This study examines the effects of a self-controlled use of physical assistance devices on learning a complex motor skill (i.e., producing slalom-type movements on a ski simulator). Physical assistance was provided by ski poles. One group of learners (self-control) was provided with the poles whenever they requested them, whereas another (yoked) group had no influence on the pole/no-pole schedule. While there were no group differences during the practice phase (Days 1 and 2), clear group differences emerged in the retention test without poles (Day 3). The self-control group produced significantly larger amplitudes than the yoked group. These results extend previous findings by showing learning advantages of the self-controlled use of physical assistance devices in complex motor skill learning.

PMID:
10522284
DOI:
10.1080/02701367.1999.10608045
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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