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Cluster Analysis of Movement Patterns in Multiarticular Actions: A tutorial


Rein, R and Button, C and Davids, K and Summers, JJ, Cluster Analysis of Movement Patterns in Multiarticular Actions: A tutorial, Motor Control, 14, (2) pp. 211-239. ISSN 1087-1640 (2010) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2010 Human Kinetics, Inc

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DOI: doi:10.1123/mcj.14.2.211


The present paper proposes a technical analysis method for extracting information about movement patterning in studies of motor control, based on a cluster analysis of movement kinematics. In a tutorial fashion, data from three different experiments are presented to exemplify and validate the technical method. When applied to three different basketball-shooting techniques, the method clearly distinguished between the different patterns. When applied to a cyclical wrist supination-pronation task, the cluster analysis provided the same results as an analysis using the conventional discrete relative phase measure. Finally, when analyzing throwing performance constrained by distance to target, the method grouped movement patterns together according to throwing distance. In conclusion, the proposed technical method provides a valuable tool to improve understanding of coordination and control in different movement models, including multiarticular actions. © 2010 Human Kinetics, Inc.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Sports science and exercise
Research Field:Motor control
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in psychology
UTAS Author:Summers, JJ (Professor Jeffery Summers)
ID Code:68145
Year Published:2010
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2011-03-09
Last Modified:2015-01-27
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