Gait re training with external focus

Focus of attention is known to play an important role in motor skill learning. Instruction and feedback from a “coach” (or therapist) play an important role in directing attention of a performer. Within therapy, a number of studies have used observational methods to explore and describe communication practices. whereas if attention is focused toward the movement effect (external focus), the motor system is able to more naturally self-organize. By adopting an external focus, unconscious or automatic processes control the movement, resulting in more effective performance and subsequently learning.