chapter  11
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Diagnosing Errors

ByCheryl A. Coker

This chapter suggests that errors are not always the result of poor technique. Many errors can be attributed to deficits in the area of motor learning. The chapter identifies potential errors that might manifest not because of poor technique but because of problems related to motor learning and control. Many errors result from problems in decision making. Neuromuscular coordination can be compromised when a learner consciously attends to the specifics of a skill normally performed automatically. The chapter shows only the output of a learner's performance, however, practitioners tend to focus on the outcome of the movement and to provide feedback only about those technical aspects of the skill that can be observed. Accurate skill analysis begins with good observational skills. Once the key elements of the skill have been identified, the practitioner can determine those that will be the focus of the observation.