13. Motor Control & Dynamical Systems Theory 2.0

by Jonah Rosner

Books

WHY: This is a great book that provides some introductory theory on Karl Newell’s Constraints Led Approach to motor learning. The text describes in depth the origins and evolution of dynamical systems and helps readers deeply understand how coordination is assembled and mastered. The authors do a great job explaining the complexity of the many variables that contribute to motor control. After finishing this book I had a great understanding how constraints in our environment can shape learning and how to manipulate these constraints based on individual differences.

WHY: This book has had a huge influence of me understanding how to create an optimal learning environment for athletes and clients. The text contains 13 chapters that describe the latest research on attentional focus, feedback, mental imagery and visualization, biomechanical demonstrations, implicit motor learning, and creating motivation in sport and the weight room. This book helped me realize how important word choice and the environment one creates are for motor learning. A must read for anyone interested in word choice and culture in the weight room.

WHY: Non-Linear Pedagogy is a great resource for coaches who are looking to apply modern theories of skill acquisition into a practical sporting practice. The first part of the book goes over theory about the dynamic nature of sport, the importance of movement variability in sport, and allowing athletes to find authentic movement solutions. The book then goes over ways to practically apply these theories with great real-world examples. This text is crucial for any sport coaches who are attempting to design better practice environments for learning.

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  • Perception Action Podcast – Rob Gray