Spatial and temporal adaptations that accompany increasing catching performance during learning.

L. Mazyn, M. Lenoir, G. Montagne, G.J.P. Savelsbergh

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    The authors studied changes in performance and kinematics during the acquisition of a 1-handed catch. Participants were 8 women who took an intensive 2-week training program during which they evolved from poor catchers to subexpert catchers. An increased temporal consistency, shift in spatial location of ball-hand contact away from the body, and higher peak velocity of the transport of the hand toward the ball accompanied their improvement in catching performance. Moreover, novice catchers first adjusted spatial characteristics of the catch to the task constraints and fine-tuned temporal features only later during learning. A principal components analysis on a large set of kinematic variables indicated that a successful catch depends on (a) forward displacement of the hand and (b) the dynamics of the hand closure, thereby providing a kinematic underpinning for the traditional transport-manipulation dissociation in the grasping and catching literature. Copyright © 2007 Heldref Publications.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)491-502
    JournalJournal of Motor Behavior
    Publication statusPublished - 2007


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