Master of Science in Kinesiology
Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences
Gabriele Wulf, Committee Chair
First Committee Member
Second Committee Member
Graduate Faculty Representative
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Focus of attention manipulation has been shown to have an effect on learning and performance of movement tasks. The purpose of this experiment was to determine whether inducing an external or internal focus of attention while learning a Pilates roll-up had an effect on movement technique acquisition. Movement form, movement time, and distance reached served as dependent variables. Participants (n=22) were assigned to either an external or internal focus group and verbally instructed through 2 sets of 6 repetitions of the roll-up per day over two practice days. A retention test on Day 3 consisting of 2 sets of 6 repetitions without instructions demonstrated the permanent effects of learning and produced no significant group differences. Further research is needed to establish a relationship between focus of attention and complex skill learning in which movement form is emphasized in execution.
Body-mind connection; Concentration; Focus of attention; Movement; Pilates; Rater; Skill learning
Dance | Physical Therapy
Bragg, Kristine M., "Focus of attention on movement technique acquisition of a Pilates roll-up" (2009). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 101.