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The student will:

  1. Analyze a single-movement expression at the activity, movement strategy, and body structure/functions level.

  2. Define the qualities or parameters of skilled movement.

  3. Manipulate the task, the environment, and the capacity of the individual to change movement performance.

  4. Become skilled at analyzing the sit to/from stand movement.

Activity 1. How to Analyze Movement Expression?

Rolling task: Observe and describe the roll under various conditions.

Activity 2. Movement Analysis of Common Daily Activities

Analyze a motor activity on these three levels: activity, movement strategy, and body structures/function. Analyze the movements used by the various members of your group to accomplish the task, by answering a series of questions.

  • Group 1: Up and down from the floor

  • Group 2: Reaching a full cup versus a bottle from a high shelf

  • Group 3: On and off with shoes

  • Group 4: Up and down stairs as fast as possible

  • Group 5: Picking up a large, light laundry basket

Activity 3. Manipulating Movement Expression

Come up with ways to get a client to produce a specific movement pattern by using physical and verbal guidance and through the task and environmental parameters.

Manipulate the movement of a person by modifying the task or environment. Modify your group's mobility task from Activity 2:

  1. Up and down from the floor.

  2. Reaching for a cup from a high shelf.

  3. On and off with shoes.

  4. Up and down stairs.

  5. Picking up a laundry basket.

Activity 4. Practice Analyzing Some Common PT Movements and Problems

  1. Sit to stand

  2. Stand to sit

"Atypical" movement analysis

  1. Forward flexed spine of "slumped" posture.

  2. Sitting with asymmetrical weight-bearing.

  3. Therapist blocks the client's knees.

  4. Sit with hips and knees at 90-90.

  5. Sit to stand with one lower extremity approximately 1 foot in front of the other.


What We Know About Movement Expression?

  1. All voluntary movement is organized around solving ____________________/achieving ___________________________.

  2. All voluntary movement is a result of the interaction between the ________________, the _________________________, and the _________________________ performing that movement.

  3. Performance of a task can change, depending on the conditions under which it is performed.


    I =

    E =

    T =

  4. All voluntary movement has temporal phases: (fill out Table 1-1)

  5. Previous experience with a movement will influence successive movements. Whatever was recorded is used to influence the production of the next movement.

Table 1-1:Temporal Phases of Movement

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