Perceptual training effects on anticipation of direct and deceptive 7-m throws in handball

We examined the effectiveness of perceptual training on the performance of handball goalkeepers when anticipating the direction of both direct and deceptive 7-m throws. Skilled goalkeepers were assigned equally to three matched-ability groups based on their pre-test performance: a perceptual training group (n = 14) received video-based perceptual training, a placebo training group (n = 14) received video-based regular training and a control group received no training. Participants in the perceptual training group significantly improved their performance compared to both placebo and control groups; however, anticipation of deceptive throws improved less than for direct throws. The results confirm that although anticipating deception in handball is a challenging task for goalkeepers, task-specific perceptual training can minimise its effect and improve performance.
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Subjects: perception training ideomotor training training effect anticipation handball special athlete
Notations: sport games
Tagging: Torwart
DOI: 10.1080/02640414.2015.1039463
Published in: Journal of Sports Sciences
Published: 2016
Volume: 34
Issue: 2
Pages: 155-162
Document types: article
Language: English
Level: advanced