Optimal Movement Variability: A New Theoretical Perspective for Neurologic Physical Therapy

@article{Stergiou2006OptimalMV,
  title={Optimal Movement Variability: A New Theoretical Perspective for Neurologic Physical Therapy},
  author={Nicholas Stergiou and Regina T Harbourne and James T. Cavanaugh},
  journal={Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy},
  year={2006},
  volume={30},
  pages={120–129}
}
Variability is a natural and important feature of human movement. Using existing theoretical frameworks as a foundation, we propose a new model to explain movement variability as it relates to motor learning and health. We contend that mature motor skills and healthy states are associated with an optimal amount of movement variability. This variability also has form and is characterized by a chaotic structure. Less than optimal movement variability characterizes biological systems that are… Expand
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