Defining Degrees of Freedom
Degrees of freedom: the number of separate independent dimensions of movement in a system that
must be controlled.
This is a motor learning concept. Think of it this way: if you are teaching a new motor skill to someone
that has never strength trained, would you prefer to start with a biceps curl or a stationary lunge?
Once you begin the process of teaching, the degrees of freedom tells us how many joints you have to
focus on as first prime movers and then secondary and stabilizers. This is critical once we take
Kinesiology into the workplace. We cannot teach movement if we cannot break it down.
The concept of degrees of freedom moves us from what moves to how we learn and control what
moves. Any person that works with anyone in a movement setting must understand the concept of
intersegmental coordination (pulling the entire body together to produce one movement.
This forum is a critical step in helping you to develop your finals essays. For this week we are going to look at the degrees of freedom question. First, read the document on the degrees of freedom I have attached here. Second, review the link in the forum.
1. How does the way that I operationally define degrees of freedom differ from the anatomical-related definition of degrees of freedom? These are not the same!
2. State how you will apply degrees of freedom in a gym, rehab, or coaching setting, as I define it here operationally for our purposes.
I will evaluate your responses along with your insight into other’s posts to help everyone develop their essays for full credit.
Instructions: Your initial post should be at least 500 words.