Hit Me With Your Best Shot

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Kinesthetic memory (muscle memory) is a frequently-used term to describe the learning of motor skills, whether they are related to sports, music, or everyday activity (Farrow, 2013). With a lot of intense practice and mental concentration, we can teach our muscles to repeat certain movements on a subconscious level (Morley, 2013). Learning to perform a motor skill quickly and efficiently occurs in three stages. These three stages are:
1. Cognitive stage: Full attention to the motor task is required as we identify the skill and focus on how to do it.
2. Associative stage: we understand how the skill is done and can begin to practice it.
3. Autonomous stage: we can perform the skill ...view middle of the document...

g. the rim of the basket, and the muscle memory of good shooting form. Gradually the player learns: “see the rim”/”just shoot”, without any interference from the cerebral cortex (Simlog, 2013).
Eye-hand coordination, as recognized in medical sources and most psychosocial sources, is the coordinated control of eye movement with hand movement, and the processing of visual input to guide reading and grasping along with the use of proprioception of the hands to guide the eyes. Eye-hand coordination has been found to be used in the movement of solid objects, sporting performance, music reading, computer gaming, copy typing, and even tea-making. Generally, the eyes fixate on an object before the hands are used to engage in a movement. The neural control of eye-hand coordination involves every part of the central nervous system involved in vision: eye movements, touch, and hand control. This involved the hands themselves, the cerebral cortex, subcortial structures (such as the cerebellum, basal ganglia, and the brain stem), the spinal cord, and the peripheral nervous system (Wikipedia, 2013). (Needs more work)
How does type of shot affect shooting percentage?
A player needs to use several techniques to maximize chances of getting a basket. Some of these are hand position/finger control of the ball/spin and control of the trajectory of the ball.
Hand position refers to… In a chin shot, the top of the hand is facing towards the player, and the fingertips are facing towards the basket, giving the player the ability to control the spin and direction of the ball as it leaves their hands. In a granny shot, the player doesn’t have much control of the spin or direction of the ball because the fingertips aren’t facing towards the basket; they’re facing towards each other, or more towards the player. (Needs more work)
Trajectory of the ball (projectile motion) refers to… A projectile is an object upon which the two forces acting are gravity and the propelling force. In basketball, the ball is a projectile, because it is being acted on by both the propelling force and gravity. The propelling force sets the ball in motion. Newton’s first law of Motion is that an object at rest will stay at rest as long as nothing pushes or pulls on it. An object in motion will stay in motion, travelling in a straight line until something pushes or pulls on it. It would continue in motion, past the basket, except that it is also being acted on by gravity. A player can throw a ball in a straight line; however, due to the force of gravity, the ball will travel with a parabolic trajectory (a downward curve). An object dropped has negative air resistance (The Physics...

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