Cluster analysis of movement patterns in multiarticular actions : a tutorial

REIN, R, BUTTON, C, DAVIDS, Keith and SUMMERS, J (2010). Cluster analysis of movement patterns in multiarticular actions : a tutorial. Motor Control, 14 (2), 211-239.

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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.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Centre for Sports Engineering Research
Page Range: 211-239
Depositing User: Carole Harris
Date Deposited: 11 Jul 2016 11:01
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 18:15

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