Motor control

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Facilitating adaptability is a role attributed to movement variability. The aim of this investigation was to track changes in movement variability during the learning of a novel task where adaptability was expected to be present. A contextual interference design was implemented with sample entropy and vector coding used to quantify joint and coordination variability respectively. Those exposed to high contextual interference were significantly better performed and more adaptable. Significant decreases in coordination variability were found during the learning process for all participants. The more adaptable group also exhibited higher coordination variability at key points providing some support for previous hypotheses on the interaction between, skill acquisition and adaptability. Results have implications for practitioners working in skill acquisition.