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A multi-disciplinary examination of football development and performance: a perceptual-cognitive perspective

A multi-disciplinary examination of football development and performance: a perceptual-cognitive perspective

Basevitch, Itay, Rossato, Claire, van Paridon, Kjell, Tenenbaum, Gershon and Ward, Paul (2015) A multi-disciplinary examination of football development and performance: a perceptual-cognitive perspective. In: WCSF 2015 8th World Congress on Science & Football, 20th - 23rd May 2015, Copenhagen, Denmark.. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

In football there are various objective methods for measuring and tracking development of specific physical (e.g., speed) and motor skills (e.g., shooting). However, there are no objective tools to measure football specific perceptual-cognitive skills (e.g., anticipation). Thus, the primary objective of the study was to examine the perceptual-cognitive skills (i.e., anticipation and option generation processes) of low and high skill, male and female football players using a video-based task environment. Players were shown action clips of developing football plays that were stopped at three temporal points (i.e., 400ms, 200ms and 0ms) prior to an action and when the last frame was frozen or occluded. Using an answer sheer, players were required to anticipate the action and generate and prioritize the plausible options. High-skill players scored better on the anticipation and option generation tasks throughout the conditions. In addition, task conditions affected high and low-skill players differently. Gender differences were also observed. Male players anticipated actions more accurately, generated more plausible options, and prioritized them more efficiently, than females. Findings provided insights into the mechanisms underlying option generation and anticipation processes in football. Furthermore, the findings suggest that it is possible to capture perceptual-cognitive skills in soccer.

Item Type: Conference or Conference Paper (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cognitive; Perceptual; Football
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Centre for Science and Medicine in Sport and Exercise
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Department of Life & Sports Sciences
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Last Modified: 22 Apr 2017 00:41
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/16393

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