Motor Learning and Control for Practitioners is designed to provide an applications-based approach to the principles of motor learning and control. The goal of the text is tp prepare future practitioners to be able to design experiences that will maximize their students’, athletes’, clients’, and patients’ skill acquisition and performance potential. The text is particularly intended for students of physical education, coaching, physical and occupational therapy and athletic training.
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Accessible for all Students The writing style, easy readability and numerous applications and examples throughout the chapters make this text appealing to students planning on pursuing a career as a practitioner.
Broad Range of Examples Integrates examples from sport, physical education, dance, exercise science, athletic training, rehabilitation, and "everyday life" to accommodate the variety of students in the course.
Introduction to Learning Styles In Chapter 6, students are introduced to individual learning styles and their influence on the learning process, reinforcing the importance of both recognizing and accommodating individual differences.
Functional Anatomy of the Nervous System Chapter 4 connects basic nervous system anatomy to motor learning and control concepts.
Error Diagnosis and Correction Chapter 10 presents unique coverage exploring errors based on motor learning and control issues and their diagnosis.
Experiential Component Includes experiential activities that enable students to use typical household items to translate chapter content into practice; these activities can also serve as a starting point for classroom discussion.
Research Notes These boxes provide examples of key research conducted on the topics discussed in the chapter.
Pedagogical Tools Case studies/vignettes, Cerebral Challenges (critical thinking), Common Myths, and review questions all help students to apply and understand the material presented.
Dr. Cheryl Coker is an Associate Professor with the Department of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. She received her undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University where she was also a member of the NCAA Championship Women’s Track and Field Team. Prior to her appointment at NMSU she earned both her master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Virginia. Dr. Coker has coached at the Division I level in both Track and Field and Strength and Conditioning and continues to consult with several teams. This coaching experience and her experiences as an international competitor in track and field have contributed to her research. She was a co-author of the book Play for Power: Creating Leaders Through Sport and her textbook entitled Motor Learning and Control for Practitioners is due for release in September 2003. She received the Donald C. Roush Award for excellence in teaching and was nominated to Who’s Who in American Education in both 1998 and 2000. In addition, she received the 2001 Professional Merit Award from the New Mexico Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, the 1998 Pathfinder and Presidential Awards from the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport and was elected fellow of the Research Consortium in 2001.
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