This recent paper by Gabriele Wulf and colleagues investigated the potential factors involved in motor skill learning. Particularly focusing on the influence several variables may have on the learning and performance of specific motor skills as they pertain to the medical field, a review of the literature was performed. Fortunately, the following factors may be applied to a wide range of settings and be of use by those in education, rehabilitation, and sports performance...to name a few. It was suggested that learning can be particularly enhanced when the learner's motivation is optimized.
Learning: "a relatively permanent change in a person's ability to perform a skill"
PRACTICE THAT IS SELF-CONTROLLED
As you can see, there are no shortage of methods for us as rehabilitation and exercise professionals to become more effective "teachers". In utilizing some of the above principles in the strategies we employ, we may become more effective practitioners and facilitate better means of motor skill acquisition.
Reference: Wulf G, Shea C & Lewthwaite R. (2010). Motor skill learning and performance: a review of influential factors. Medical Education, 44; 75-84
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