Motor Learning and Control: Concepts and Applications continues to offer the following features from the previous editions that have helped enhance student learning
Each chapter begins with a concept statement to present a principle or conclusion that describes the focus of the chapter. The goal of these statements is to provide students a guide for understanding the chapter content, which provides the discussion of issues and research that led to the concept statement.
Following the concept statement, the application section describes in practical terms the relevance of the chapter concept and content to everyday experiences and professional practice.
Application Problem to Solve
This feature, which follows the application section at the beginning of each chapter, presents a specific application problem for students to work on as they engage in reading the discussion section of the chapter.
This section presents the specific information from which the concept statement was derived. It includes the key topics and issues relevant to the chapter concept along with summaries and examples of research that provide evidence to support the various points presented in the chapter.
Each chapter contains several boxes. The title for each box indicates its content. These boxes typically serve one of several purposes: to provide more detail about a research study than is provided in the text; to describe a situation that applies a point in the discussion to a professional practice situation; or to describe a relevant issue that allows the student to explore a topic beyond the limits of the text.
Each chapter concludes with a summary that presents the main ideas addressed in the discussion section. Using this tool, the student can return easily to a topic in the chapter for clarification or study.
Points for the Practitioner
This feature describes how the chapter topic relates to the practice or performance setting. It encourages students to think about how they will use this information in practical ways.
For students who want to know more about a particular topic, this list at the end of each chapter offers carefully selected research journal articles, books, and book chapters for further exploration.
A set of questions appears at the end of each chapter to encourage students to review and analyze the chapter content.
Specific Application Problem as a Study Question
The final study question presents an application problem to solve as a culminating experience for the student to use the information presented in the chapter. This problem differs from the one located at the beginning of the chapter by describing a situation students might experience in their future professional experience.
Key terms, which are highlighted in the text in boldface type, are defined in corresponding boxes for easy reference. Other important terms in the text appear in italics for emphasis.
The previous four editions included, as part of McGraw-Hill’s Online Learning Center for this book, a laboratory manual of laboratory experiences for most chapters. These experiences are available for this edition as well. In the twelfth edition, these laboratory experiences are identified by “Lab Links” boxes in the margins.
At the end of the book, all the key terms defined in the definition boxes are included in a comprehensive glossary. This glossary is useful as a quick reference and a helpful review to prepare for examinations.
In addition to the regular subject index, this book features a name index, which identifies and locates all the names referred to in the book. Included in this list are the names of important people who have been or are leaders in the field of motor learning and control.