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Exercise Science Portfolio
Motor Learning Concepts


Newton's Laws
Types of Motion
The Seven Biomechanical Principles
Human Growth and Development
Stages of Human Development
Motor Development
Skill Acquisition
Motor Learning Concepts
Skill Acquisition Process

Concepts and Categories of Motor Skills

Whole and Part Learning:  The whole method refers to learning the entire skill all at once and the part method involves learning parts of the skill seperately and then eventually combining each part to complete the skill.
Blocked and Random Practice:  Blocked practice is taking all trials under the same conditions, and random practice refers to taking all trials under different conditions.
Massed and Distributed Practice:  Massed practice is taking all the trials at once while distributed practice is allowing significant time intervals between trials.
Motor Skills can be divided into open and closed categories:
Closed Motor Skills:  Are performed in a constant and unchanging environment that is predictable and allows the participants to plan their movements and skills in advance.
Open Motor Skills:  Are performed in a constantly changing environment where participants must adapt their movements to the changing surroundings.


Example of a closed skill


Example of an Open Skill