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02-23-2000, 07:45 AM
Dear List:
Several years ago in this forum someone queried the group to
get good articles from which to teach. Articles that provoked,
articles that encouraged critical thinking, articles that provided
real practical information that students could use. Many of these
articles have proved quite useful in teaching, and so, I would like
to do it again. My primary interest is neuromuscular control,
but relevant articles in biomechanics, rehabilitation -- just about
anything in exercise science would be welcome. In order to keep the
reference list as concise and meaningful as possible, please don't
send your entire syllabus bibliography, but only those special
articles that wow the students and boggle their minds (or your mind
for that matter). I have provided my favorites below. Summary posted
as usual.

Jeff Ives, Ph.D.
Dept. of Exercise & Sport Sciences Phone: 607-274-1751
Ithaca College Fax: 607-274-1943
Ithaca, NY 14850 USA Email: jives@ithaca.edu

Behm, D.G., and Sale, D.G. (1993). Intended rather than actual movement
velocity determines velocity-specific training response. Journal of
Applied Physiology 74(1):359-368.
[Makes students rethink the specificity of training principle]

Ericsson, K.A., Krampe, R.Th., and Tesch-Römer, C. (1993). The role of
deliberate practice in the acquisition of expert performance.
Psychological Reviews 100(3):363-406.
[Ericsson has shorter versions out in other publications. Makes for a
great discussion on genetics vs. practice for acquiring expertise]

Handford, C., Davids, K., Bennett, S., and Button, C. (1997). Skill
acquisition in sport: some applications of an evolving practice ecology.
Journal of Sports Sciences 15(6):621-640.
[Practical application of dynamical systems theory and discovery learning]

Herzog, W. (1998). Muscle synergies during voluntary movement. In: S
Kornecki (ed.), Studies and Monographs No. 55. The Problem of Muscular
Synergism, with Special Emphasis on Stabilising Functions of Skeletal Muscles.
Proceedings of the XIth International Biomechanics Seminar, Sept. 18-19,
1998, Wroclaw, Poland, pp. 7-22.
[A tough read for students, but a great discussion section. Helps students
answer question as to why all those toe-raises didn't help vertical jump height!]

Hewett, T.E., Stroupe, A.L., Nance, T.A., and Noyes, F.R. (1996).
Plyometric training in female athletes. Decreased impact forces and
increased hamstring torques. American Journal of Sports Medicine
[In other words, why training should be thought of as practice]

Wilson, GJ et al. (1993). The optimal training load for the development
of dynamic athletic performance. Medicine and Science in Sports and
Exercise. 25(11): 1279-1286.
[Makes students rethink plyometrics and maximal load strength training]

Yue, G and KJ Cole. (1992). Strength increases from the motor program:
Comparison of training with maximal voluntary and imagined muscle
contractions. Journal of Neurophysiology. 67(5): 1114-1123.
[Gets students to realize that strength is more than muscle size, but a
learned phenomenon as well]

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