The purpose of this research project is to use our vast combined knowledge and experience of sport psychology and visuomotor control research at the Liverpool Hope University and University of Exeter to improve our understanding of motor coordination problems in children and adults and to develop a new training intervention that will improve the motor skill of these individuals.
Motor Control Problems
People who suffer from motor control problems such as dyspraxia and developmental coordination disorder (DCD) have severe impairments in the judgments of both the spatial and temporal aspects of a skill. These problems cause the individual’s movements to become jerky and imprecise and can severely effect their day-to-day lives. They struggle to learn new skills and ultimately it has been shown that children with the DCD withdraw from social situations and physical activity leading to health concerns.
The Quiet Eye
Within the visuomotor control literature, a concept known as the Quiet Eye (QE) has been developed. This is essentially a gaze strategy which is defined as a final fixation before the onset of a movement (e.g. when aiming). Research has shown that longer and earlier QE periods in a variety of sports tasks and skills are associated with elite and successful performances of a motor skill.
What can we do?
This project has therefore set out to determine whether training of the QE period in children and adults with movement difficulties can improve their motor control and therefore execution of skills that involve severe timing and spatial constants. The skill we have used throughout this project to demonstrate these effects is throwing and catching.
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