Skill Acquisition – Beyond Motor Learning


I must admit that for a long time I did not make the distinction between skill acquisition and motor learning. At first I thought is was just semantics, someone trying to create a new field. Over the past several years I have come to understand the distinction. Skill acquisition recognizes the body as a complex system, not a computer to be programmed. The body is a self-organizing problem solving organism. Skill acquisition recognizes that there are multiple solutions to the same movement problem. One solution does not fit all. Essentially it is learning through exploration and discovery. Not about exploring limits, rather it is defining parameters. There are many learning options that allow for and encourage individual expression. Each person has distinct movement signatures; those help define us as individuals. I always felt that motor learning was trying to put us in a box, to limit us by limiting our ability to move and learn to certain strict rules.
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Vern Gambetta

Vern Gambetta

Director at Gambetta Sports Training Systems
Vern is the Director of Gambetta Sports Training Systems. He has been the a conditioning coach for several MLS teams as well as the conditioning consultant to the US Men's World Cup Soccer team. Vern is the former Director of Conditioning for the Chicago White Sox and New York Mets. He has lectured and conducted clinics in Canada, Japan, Australia and Europe and has authored six books and over one hundred articles related to coaching and sport performance in a variety of sports. He has a BA in teaching with a coaching minor and an MA in Education with an emphasis in physical education from Stanford University.
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