This unit aims to develop student's knowledge and insight into the motor control and learning principles underpinning Exercise Physiology practice. The lecture and tutorial structure reflects a transition from acquisition of knowledge, to consideration of the implications, to practice. Thus, the first five weeks of the unit follow a pattern of lectures to provide the background knowledge, readings of papers that explore the efficacy of therapeutic practices or interventions, and accounts of 'real world' experience of working with patients using case-study reports and/or guest speakers. Weeks six to 10 enable students to develop a program of therapy or rehabilitation based on evidence-based strategies that emerge from the knowledge base and further exploration of extant literature. The final phase is the development of an instructional video that can be used as a guide for practitioners in the treatment of neurological disorders.
1x2-hr lecture/week, 2-hr seminars/week
Written group project report (30%);project video (20%); presentation of the project and video (15%) and end semester exam (35%)
Magill RA (2011) Motor Learning and Control. Concepts and Applications, 9th edition. New York: McGraw-Hill; Edwards WH. (2011). Motor learning and Control: From theory to practice. Belmont, USA; Wadsworth, Cengage learning; Schmidt RA, Lee TD (2011) Motor Control and Learning: A Behavioral Emphasis. 5th edition. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.