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The impact of motor learning paradigms on smart sport exercises

Groeneveld, J. (2021) The impact of motor learning paradigms on smart sport exercises.

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Abstract:Skill acquisition and motor learning have been extensively studied since the 19th century. Over the course of the years, two distinctly different theoretical frameworks have emerged with respect to motor learning: the Cognitive Based Approach and the Dynamical Systems Approach. This research aims to illustrate how both motor learning paradigms impact the design of interaction technology for sports differently. We argue, by illustration, that different paradigms inspire fundamentally different exercises. Herein, we also consider the novice- expert distinction to show how novices and experts are treated differently in the two distinguished approaches of motor learning. This results in four smart sport exercises for volleyball which, in particular, focus on training the spike timing. These exercises are based on the two motor learning paradigms and the principal differences found between them. Besides the inherent theoretical value, we show that it is relevant to make a deliberate decision for either paradigm when designing for users (i.e. trainers). We presented the digital- physical manifestations of the four quadrants of our design matrix by means of a Lo-Fi prototype to volleyball trainers. Using the results of both a questionnaire and an interview, we show that it helps in the design of interactive exercises to be sensitive to the theoretical allegiance of your audience.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:50 technical science in general
Programme:Interaction Technology MSc (60030)
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