Optimizing the learning of a selected gymnastics activity.

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Optimizing the learning of a selected gymnastics activity.

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This research is testing for a new technology (Dartfish) against the traditional proprioceptive coach-assisted feedback and simple video feedback. Also, it is testing for the differences between the traditional proprioceptive feedback and imitation learning. Three groups participated in this study; traditional proprioceptive feedback (TRD), simple video feedback (VID), and Dartfish (DRF). Four tests were conducted; Pretest, Post-test-1, Post-test-2, and Retention. The task was Pommel Horse Circles (PHC), and training lasted for four weeks. Six certified gymnastics judges evaluated the performance. The results of the study indicated that the DRF group performed and retained the performance better than the TRD and VID groups. On the other hand, the results indicated that the VID group is better than the TRD group during the performance phase, but not on the retention of the skill. Imitation learning using simple video feedback is not different than the traditional coach-assisted feedback technique in regards to retaining a gymnastics skill.


University of Minnesota Ph.D. dissertation. Major: Kinesiology. Advisor: Saqer Almulla. 1 computer file (PDF); viii, 81 pages, appendices A-D.

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Almulla, Saqer. (2012). Optimizing the learning of a selected gymnastics activity.. Retrieved from the University Digital Conservancy, https://hdl.handle.net/11299/133122.

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