New publication: Does motor expertise facilitate amplitude differentiation?
NCPA has provided Eefje Roelofsen, PhD candidate, movement scientist and teacher physiotherapy at HAN, with participants in her research project. Her article ‘Does motor expertise facilitate amplitude differentiation of lower limb-movements in an asymmetrical bipedal coordination task?’ is published in Human Movement Science.
In this research project 14 pre-professional dancers were compared to 14 non-dancers to find out whether the motor expertise of the pre-professional dancers moderates the extent to which they are able to differentiate the amplitudes of their limb-movements while being supported with visual and haptic feedback. The results of the experiment show that motor expertise does not influence amplitude differentiation of lower-limb movements. However, the dancers do show some differences in regards to the group of non-dancers: dancers adopt a higher movement-frequency in comparison to the other group. The group of dancers also adopt a more predictable coordination pattern under haptic guidance and they show a more flexible coordination pattern when provided with visual feedback.
The article Does motor expertise facilitate amplitude differentiation of lower limb-movements in an asymmetrical bipedal coordination task? by Eefje Roelofsen, Derrick D. Brown, Maria W.G. Nijhuis-van der Sanden, J. Bart Staal and Ruud G.J. Meulenbroek is published in Human Movement Science: Volume 59: Pages 201-211 (June 2018).