Classification of motor skills

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1. Characteristics of a discrete skill are

  • no beginning or end, movement has to be repeated to be meaningful
  • there is a clear beginning and end, skill has to be started again to repeat
  • discrete elements are put together in order to make a sequence
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2. Characteristics of a fine skill are

  • sub routines easily separated
  • small muscle groups, intricate and accurate movements, require hand eye coordination
  • large muscle movements, little precision

3. Skills with high organisation have to be practised as a whole because it is hard to separate them into sub routines

  • True
  • False

4. The difference between a serial skill and a continuous skill is that

  • serial skills have discrete elements which are put together to make a sequence whereas a continuous skill has no beginning or end and must be repeated to be meaningful
  • a serial skill has a clear beginning and end whereas a continuous skill has no clear beginning or end
  • a serial skill could be running whereas a continuous skill could be catching a ball in cricket

5. Muscular involvement refers to whether a skill is

  • gross or fine
  • simple or complex
  • low or high

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