This course will expose students to the theoretical perspectives and current principles associated with the control and learning of movement skills. Specifically, the neural and mechanical mechanisms underlying motor behavior and the variables influencing motor learning will be addressed. Throughout the course, application of theoretical concepts to instructional and clinical settings will be emphasized.


Pre-conference preparation: (6 hours of online lectures) and 1 day at a clinical site.
Target Audience: Intermediate level course open to licensed physical and occupational therapists.
Credits: 14 contact hours (6 online and 8 on-site) from EIM Institute of Health Professions
Program Applicability: Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency, Certification, and Postprofessional DPT (NR 201A; 1 credit)
Prerequisites: None
Appropriate dress: Participants are asked to bring appropriate attire for lab sessions (i.e. shorts and t-shirts and sports bras for women) and air-conditioned environments throughout the day (i.e. warm-up or work-out clothes).


  1. Understand the general classification of motor skills.
  2. Realize that performing voluntary coordinated movement requires motor control and attention.
  3. Be more familiar with the theories that attempt to explain how movement skills are controlled and learned.
  4. Understand the various measurement techniques used to examine motor performance and distinguish temporary changes in performance from the relatively permanent changes that accompany learning.
  5. Understand and identify the variables that influence the learning of movement skills.
  6. Become familiar with the techniques and strategies a practitioner and or clinician can employ to enhance learning and subsequent retention of movement skills.
  7. Most importantly – be able to apply this stuff to your clinical practice next week!

References Required and supplementary articles are listed in each weekly module and can be downloaded from the Moodle Learning Management System.


If you are in need of a disability-related accommodation, please contact We will process requests for reasonable accommodation and will provide reasonable accommodations where appropriate, in a prompt and efficient manner. For more information please see the Accommodation Procedures for Disabled Participants page.