MOTOR SKILL LEARNING is:
A set of internal processes, associated with practice or experience, leading to relatively permanent changes for skilled movement behavior.
CAPABILITY means once a skill has been learned, the potential, or likelihood for exhibiting skilled performance is quite high, although it must be realized that even highly skilled athletes do occasionally make errors.
Motor learning is an internal process, taking place within the central nervous system and so cannot be observed directly.
However, an athlete’s PERFORMANCE – an observable behavior – can be MONITORED, and inferences thus drawn about learning.
The three main phases of learning are (although they overlap as a continuum):
COGNITIVE, ASSOCIATIVE, AUTONOMOUS