Aging and perceptual-motor expertise in handball goalkeepers

Few studies have examined the effect of age on skilled perception. The purpose of this study was to determine whether the perceptual-motor abilities of highly skilled performers in dynamic, time-constrained sports exhibited the same pattern of age-related decline seen in other areas. The sample for this study involved five age-specific groups of handball goalkeepers. Each participant completed an eye-tracking task, a temporal occlusion task, and an eight-choice reaction time task. Results revealed age-related declines in motor performance but not perceptual performance. Skilled perception appears resistant to normal age normal age-related declines over time through the use of compensatory mechanisms.
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Subjects: handball playing position (sport games) performance performance development perception age reaction speed anticipation eye skill experience
Notations: biological and medical sciences junior sports sport games
DOI: 10.1080/03610730802544641
Published in: Experimental Aging Research
Published: 2009
Volume: 35
Pages: 1-19
Document types: article
Language: English
Level: advanced