Bachelor's degree in Sport and Exercise Science (from 2008-2009)

Introduction to movement analysis and motor control

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Paola Cesari
Paola Cesari
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1° semestre motorie dal Oct 1, 2020 al Jan 29, 2021.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

By attending the class the student will learn the main approaches developed (both holistic and deterministic) for describing and predicting the human movement. The students will receive basic information about the control and learning of human movement. In particular, the control of movement, the perception action coupling and the related emergent features defined from movement behavior. At the end of the class the student is supposed to know the contents presented during class by showing a critical and individual capacity of judgment and evaluation of cases ranged from the sport environment to the movements performed in the everyday life.


Dimensional analysis: dimensions and units of measurements. Dimensional analysis applications in complex movements and in sport. The brain and its behavior, the voluntary movement, locomotion, the posture, the eye control, the vestibular system. Being able to interpret and read graphs: linear and non linear measures. The functional organization of perception and movement. The internal representation of space and movement. The cognitive functions of premotor systems. The organization and preplanning of movements. Locomotion. Voluntary movement: the primary motor cortex. Voluntary movement: the parietal and premotor cortex. The posture. The perceptual-motor ability from elite athletes: several examples from several sports. This issue will be related to the msot recent literature review.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Kandel e coll. Principi di Neuroscienze (Edizione 4) Ambrosiana 2015 9788808184450
Donatella Spinelli (a cura di) Psicologia dello Sport e del Movimento Umano Zanichelli 2002 88-08-07985-6

Assessment methods and criteria

Written exam with the possibility to ask for an extra oral exam in case of positive evaluation for the written part.
Questions for each exam will be 60 for 50 minutes. Qestions will cover issues extrapolated from the entire program thought in class.

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