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Clara Soper
01-07-2002, 03:57 AM
Dear list members,

I am currently designing a research project which will involve
altering the angle of the foot stretcher (plate a rower puts there
feet on) in a boat looking at differences in force outputs. This
angle will be altered in 2.5 degree increments. There will be a
maximum of 4 increments in any one direction (planta flexion and
dorsiflexion) therefore a maximum of 10 degrees change. The subjects
will be elite rowers with a minimum of 5 years of rowing experience.

My question is: Will a change of 2.5 deg at any one time in foot
stretcher position require a relearning of the task? (Task = rowing

Fisherman and Oxendine (1993) write in a Sport Psychology text that
minor changes to technique (e.g. widening a batting stance) would
require very little relearning. I have had difficulty finding any
references to support this statement.

Zanone and Kelso (1992) write that a pre-existing movement pattern
rather than the learning of a new skill would meet behavioral demands
of a modified task.

Can someone point me in the direction of research that has shown
stability of a movement pattern following minor variations in task
alteration? or any other research that may assist me.

Thank you

Clara Soper
PhD Candidate
School of Community Health and Sport Studies
Auckland University of Technology
Private Bag 92006
Auckland, New Zealand
Tel: (+649) 917 9999 xtn 7848
Fax: (+649) 917 9960
Email: clara.soper@aut.ac.nz

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