Eye tracking in naturalistic badminton play: comparing visual gaze pattern strategy in world-rank and amateur player

A professional player's expertise rests on the ability to predict action by optimally extracting the opponent's postural cues. Eye tracking (head-mounted system) data in a naturalistic singles badminton play was collected from one professional world-ranked player facing five amateur players (10 serves or 50 trials) and two amateurs playing against four other amateur players each (10 serves or 80 trials). The visual gaze on the opponent body, segregated into 3 areas-of-interest covering the feet, face/torso, and hand/racket of the opponent and the shuttle, was analysed for a) the period just before the serve, b) while receiving the serve and c) the entire rally. The comparative analysis shows the first area-of-interest for professional player as the opponent's feet while executing the serve and the hand/racket when receiving a serve. On the other hand, the amateur players show no particular strategy of fixation location either for the serve task or while facing a serve. The average fixation duration (just before serve) for the professional was 0.96s and for the amateurs it was 1.48s. The findings highlight the differences in the postural cue considered important and the preparatory time in professional and amateur players. We believe, analytical models from dynamic gaze behavior in naturalistic game conditions as applied in this study can be used for enhancing perceptual-cognitive skills during training.
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Subjects: badminton movement eye perception performance capacity auxiliary device investigation method
Notations: sport games biological and medical sciences
DOI: 10.1145/3208031.3208037
Published in: PETMEI '18: Proceedings of the 7th Workshop on Pervasive Eye Tracking and Mobile Eye-Based Interaction Warsaw, Poland — June 15 - 16, 2018
Published: Warsaw SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities 2018
Pages: 6
Document types: congress proceedings
Language: English
Level: advanced