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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Erik H. Van Iterson, PhD, MS, MBio (University of Minnesota School of Kinesiology)
Description: This book effectively integrates and applies the basic principles of motor control and human physiology to help explain how one's ability to control movement is affected across the course of the life span. Furthermore, it does a great job of sequentially reintroducing theories of motor control by providing sufficient real-world applications so readers may integrate the interactions of factors such as individual, environment, and task into the ability to affect motor development and learning. The previous edition was published in 2005.
Purpose: The purpose is to reintroduce the fundamental concepts of motor control and apply them to the changes in movement control that occur during the course of one's life. In doing so, the authors start from a strong foundation of motor control and effectively explain the theories behind motor development and learning from youth to late adulthood. They meet their purpose over the course of several sections that are necessary to tie together the relationships between the individual and the internal and external interactions that occur during development/adulthood that affect movement.
Audience: The audience may include students, educators, and practitioners in physical and occupational therapy, youth physical educators, and gerontologists.
Features: The first of the book's six sections is primarily a review of the principles of motor control, with the remaining sections covering motor development ranging from youth to the elderly. There is a significant amount of information covered in each section without going into great detail on the theory behind it. Consequently, readers should have more than a beginning understanding of motor control before using this book. Illustrations, side notes, and figures add a simplistic but effective learning component to each chapter without overwhelming readers.
Assessment: This book is especially useful for those who are interested in applying their knowledge of motor control and development to a real world setting. The updated references add value by illustrating the continuing growth and application of research being done in this area. This is a needed update of the previous edition, based on the updated references as well as on the return of the chapter on principles of motion and stability, which was omitted in an earlier edition.