Carla Caballero

Carla Caballero
Universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche | UMH · Centro de Investigación del Deporte

PhD Sport Science, Miguel Hernandez University, Spain.

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Introduction
I am currently working at the Sport Research Center at the Miguel Hernandez University. I teach subjects related to motor control and learning in the Sport Science degree. My main research topic is the analysis of the functionality of motor variability in motor performance and the capability to adapt, taking into account the features of the motor tasks and individuals.
Additional affiliations
October 2017 - present
Universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
October 2016 - September 2017
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Position
  • PostDoc Position
April 2012 - July 2016
Universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche
Position
  • Researcher
Education
April 2012 - May 2016
Universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche
Field of study
  • Sport Sciences
September 2010 - July 2011
Universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche
Field of study
  • Health and High Sport Performance
September 2005 - September 2010
Universidad de Extremadura
Field of study
  • Sport Sciences

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Publications (34)
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There is a controversy about the benefits of variable practice on motor learning. This study aimed to analyze the effect of variable practice after the learner stabilized their performance. Thirty-two healthy adults performed a computer-simulated discrete accuracy task in which they had to release a virtual ball to try to hit a target. After a pre-...
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The complexity of the center of pressure (COP) provides important information regarding the underlying mechanisms of postural control. The relationships between COP complexity and balance performance are not fully established and might depend on the task constraints and the filtering decomposition of the COP signal. This study assessed COP complexi...
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Currently, it is not fully understood how motor variability is regulated to ease of motor learning processes during reward-based tasks. This study aimed to assess the potential relationship between different dimensions of motor variability (i.e., the motor variability structure and the motor synergies variability) and the learning rate in a reward-...
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In tennis, coaches consider balance fundamental for the acquisition of skilled motor performance. However, the potential relationship between balance and tennis expertise and performance has not been explored yet. Therefore, this study assessed the relationship between balance and tennis performance using linear and non-linear parameters through 1)...
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Basketball Free-throw analysis has been approached from different research areas, trying to explore if an ideal throw pattern exists or if the throwing movement responds to different patterns depending on players’ characteristics. Nevertheless, not only are there differences in the technique between players, but they also show intrinsic variability...
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To assess the influence of age and skill level on handball throwing kinematics and performance, 126 participants were distributed into groups according to their skill level (elite or recreational) and age group (U12, U16 or +18). Each participant performed three sets of 10 throws, aiming to hit a target (40 × 40 cm) located in the right corner of t...
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Postural control is considered a key variable in team sports, such as handball, which require abilities strongly related to balance. However, postural control and its relationship to the performance of handball skills according to the players’ skill level and age has not been evaluated to date. This study analyzes the relationship between balance a...
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The DSM-5 definition of autism spectrum disorders includes sensory issues and part of the sensory information that the brain continuously receives comes from kinesthetic reafference, in the form of self-generated motions, including those that the nervous systems produce at rest. Some of the movements that we self-generate are deliberate, while some...
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Autism has been largely portrayed as a psychiatric and childhood disorder. However, autism is a lifelong neurological condition that evolves over time through highly heterogeneous trajectories. These trends have not been studied in relation to normative aging trajectories, so we know very little about aging with autism. One aspect that seems to dev...
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To analyse the influence of age and skill level on tennis serve performance, 99 male participants took part in a study of maximum effort serves to a target (50 x 50 cm) in the add service box. Participants were divided into two skill level groups (elite and recreational) and three age groups (under 12 years old [U12], under 16 years old [U16] and +...
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The aim of this experiment was to assess if the previously supported relationship between the structure of motor variability and performance changes when the task or organismic constraints encourage individuals to adjust their movement to achieve a goal. Forty-two healthy volunteers (aged 26.05 ± 5.02 years) performed three sets of cyclic pointing...
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Background: Motor variability has been related to motor control playing a functional role in human adaptive behaviours. However, the direction of the relationship between variability and motor control can be unclear. The specific relations that exist between task constraints and movement (re)organization could explain some of this controversy. Rese...
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The variability inherently present in biophysical data is partly contributed by disparate sampling resolutions across instrumentations. This poses a potential problem for statistical inference using pooled data in open access repositories. Such repositories combine data collected from multiple research sites using variable sampling resolutions. One...
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Background Boccia is a paralympic sport played by athletes with severe neurological impairments affecting all four limbs. Impaired manual dexterity (MD) and intralimb coordination (ILC) may limit individuals’ ability to perform certain activities such as grasping, releasing, or manipulating objects, which are essential tasks for daily life or to pa...
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The aims of this study were: i) to analyze the reliability and validity of three tests that require sprinting (10 m, 25 m, 40 m), accelerations/decelerations (Stop and Go Test) and change of direction (Illinois Agility Test), with and without ball, in para-footballers with neurological impairments, and ii) to compare the performance in the tests wh...
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Recent studies have found that motor variability is actively regulated as an exploration tool to promote learning in reward and error-based tasks. Based on this functional role of variability, several researches have manipulated motor variability by practicing in order to maximize learning processes. However, the effectiveness of such variable prac...
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Background: The approximate 5:1 male to female ratio in clinical detection of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) prevents research from characterizing the female phenotype. Current open access repositories (such as those in the Autism Brain Imaging Data Exchange (ABIDE I-II) contain large numbers of females to characterize females on the autistic spect...
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This study tested whether a compensatory hypothesis exists on postural control during standing unstable balance tasks comparing blind soccer players (n = 7) to sighted soccer players (n = 15) and sighted sedentary individuals (n = 6). All subjects performed a pre-test, a training of ten practice trials on a single day, and a post-test balance test....
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Recent studies show that motor variability is actively regulated as an exploration tool to promote learning in reward-based tasks. However, its role in learning processes during error-based tasks, when a reduction of the motor variability is required to achieve good performance, is still unclear. In this study, we hypothesized that error-based lear...
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This study investigated the extent to which specific interacting constraints of performance might increase or decrease the emergent complexity in a movement system, and whether this could affect the relationship between observed movement variability and the central nervous system’s capacity to adapt to perturbations during balancing. Fifty-two heal...
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Postural control analysis has been one of the most studied research fields in motor control. Specifically, balance tasks have been frequently used to assess motor coordination due to the fact that maintaining balance is a frequent activity and, at the same time, it is also a complex ability that involves controlling many neuromuscular components. I...
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Introduction: In Paralympic Sports is crucial to use tools to discriminate between sport classes. In our study it has been used the electromechanical delay (EMD) of finger extensors during ball realizing in two different situations: with/without command constrains to discriminate between BC1 and BC2 Boccia classes. Material and Methods: Twenty-eigh...
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The authors' aim was to determine which variables allow for the characterization of motor balance behavior. Traditional measures and nonlinear measures of center of pressure (COP; n = 30) and kinematics (n = 10) were tested in their absolute and relative consistency in a 30-s standing balance task protocol under stable and unstable conditions. Rega...
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In recent years, several works have explored variability using different approaches, trying to describe the variations in motor movement. Traditionally, movement variability was regarded as a system error due to noise of neuromuscular mechanisms, but alternative theories suggest that motor variability seems to reflect a functional behaviour improvi...
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Objective The aim of this study is to analyze the relationship between the complexity and postural balance in a standing balance task. In this way, this study assesses the effect of the sample frequency, the stationarity of center of pressure (COP) and the used of different analysis. Method Twenty-one volunteers were asked to stand still for 30 s...
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Several works have studied the utility of variability for motor learning. This methodology has been compared with the constant practice methodology, but it not has been compared with mixed methodology. The aim of this study is to know the effects of constant, variability and mixed practice methodology for overarm throw learning. Participants (n=30)...
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The great amount of degrees of freedom during the execution of a sport movement allows describing different levels of variability in human movement. Several authors have studied biomechanic characteristics of basketball shoot, but few of them have studied influence of variability on shoot task. The present study tries to know the effects of opponen...

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Doctoral thesis where the main aim was to assess the functionality of motor variability in motor performance and the capability to adapt, focused on balance tasks.