motor skill

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A skill associated with muscle activity. Skills performed in sport form a continuum from fine to gross motor skills. Some sports scientists object to the prefix ‘motor’ being used on its own because it implies the skill is largely a motor reflex. They prefer to use terms, such as perceptual motor skill, psychomotor skill, or sensorimotor skill because such terms emphasize the mental components of movement skills. A skilled movement can be defined as a product of four different elements: force, velocity, accuracy, and purposefulness. In a skilful performance, all four elements must be performed at the same time in exactly the right combination and amount.

Subjects: Sports and Exercise Medicine.

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