Motor Learning and Performance: A Problem-Based Learning Approach, 2nd Edition Editors: SCHMIDT, Richard A., PhD (UCLA); WRISBERG, Craig A., PhD (Univ of Tennessee) Bibliographic Data: (ISBN: 0-88011-500-9, Human Kinetics Pub., Inc., 2000, $45.00) 339 pages, hard cover Audiences: Undergraduate Students, Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Students Subjects: Sports Medicine, Psychology, Clinical Other Info: This book contains predominantly black-and-white figures, with some color figures.
DESCRIPTION: This is an undergraduate text of concepts and principles underlying human motor learning and performance. A problem-based approach is used, as well as development of a conceptual model to integrate and link information. PURPOSE: People learn and perform many simple and complex movements in various settings and venues. The main purpose is to introduce undergraduates to the fundamental processes underlying human movement. In particular, focus is placed on how humans learn and control skilled actions and how principles of motor performance and learning can be useful in a variety of fields (teaching, coaching, rehabilitation, ergonomics, psychology, and physical and occupational therapy). AUDIENCE: This book is most appropriate for undergraduates in all areas of the exercise sciences and pedagogy in physical education. It also might be applicable to students in the physical and occupational therapies, as well as psychology. ASSESSMENT: This book is greatly improved over the first edition. It is more interesting to read, a better bridge between theory and application, and includes relevant research without being overwhelming to the undergraduate. This second edition renders the first obsolete. The information presented is current and relevant to the undergraduate in the exercise sciences. It is correctly pitched for easy comprehension by undergraduates, especially when compared to Rose’s Multilevel Approach to the Study of Motor Control and Learning (Allyn & Bacon, 1997). Because the second edition contains more substantive information, it makes the book squarely competitive with its strongest competitor, Magill’s Motor Learning, 5th edition (McGraw-Hill, 1998). SCORE: Weighted Numerical Score: 95 - ****