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Propensity for movement specific reinvestment by physiotherapists: Implications for education

Capio, CM and Uiga, L and Malhotra, N and Eguia, KF and Masters, RSW (2018) Propensity for movement specific reinvestment by physiotherapists: Implications for education. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice: an international journal of physical therapy, 34 (12). pp. 926-930. ISSN 0959-3985

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Abstract

© 2018 Taylor & Francis. Previous studies have shown that the propensity for conscious monitoring and control of movement (i.e. movement specific reinvestment) influences the acquisition of movement skills. Physiotherapists, whose primary function is to promote effective human movement, also develop specialized movement skills that are necessary to perform diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. To explore the implications for promoting expertise, this current study examined physiotherapists’ propensity for movement-specific reinvestment. Practitioners and students in physiotherapy, and other rehabilitation, and non-health professionals, completed the Movement Specific Reinvestment Scale, which measures two dimensions of reinvestment: 1) conscious motor processing (CMP); and 2) movement self-consciousness (MS-C). Physiotherapists scored significantly higher than other professionals on both CMP and MS-C. Specifically among physiotherapists, those with relatively fewer years of practice tended to have higher MS-C scores. Movementspecific reinvestment appears to be a characteristic of physiotherapists that could be relevant for understanding the ways in which novices think and act as they progress to expertise. Further research is recommended to examine the role of reinvestment in performance of different tasks of varying complexity by novice physiotherapists.

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