Motor Control

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For lower extremity injury prevention, it is crucial to decrease external loads to the joints in sport-specific situations. The purpose of this study was to examine how landing kinetics and psychological factors (i.e., motivation) change during a four-week laboratory training program. Ten talented soccer girls practiced three sport-specific tasks and received expert video instruction. Increased fun and competence in week 3 compared to week 1 was observed. No significant changes of effort and joint load (a discrete number to describe combined external frontal and transverse plane knee and ankle moments) were found. Results are promising and innovative as this is the first study testing the entire OPTIMAL model including retention and linking biomechanics with perceived motivation. More research is planned on additional instructions and feedback that may enhance the motor learning curve.