Which technical factors explain competition performance in air rifle shooting?

The purpose of this study was to analyze whether the same shooting technical components determining performance in testing situation also affect performance in competition situation and how the technical skill level of these components changes from training to competition. Thirteen Finnish national (10) and junior national (3) rifle team members participated in the study. Participants were measured in competition and training situation within a five-day period. Shooting score, aiming point trajectory and postural balance were measured from both situations. Shooting performance decreased from training to competition situation (10.31±0.13 vs. 10.14±0.17, p<0.05), accompanied by a decrease in holding ability, aiming accuracy, cleanness of triggering and postural balance. A multiple regression equation based on holding ability, aiming accuracy, cleanness of triggering and timing of triggering correlated with the competition situation shooting results (R=0.76, p<0.01). Changes in shooting performance from training to competition situation were most strongly related to the changes in horizontal holding ability (R=-0.71, p<0.01). Athletes and coaches should develop competition strategies and psychological training interventions in order to be able to maintain the horizontal holding ability in competition at training situation level. ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR
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Subjects: shot gun shooting shooting technique ability competition performance balance posture stability
Notations: training science technical sports
DOI: 10.1177/1747954117707481
Published in: International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching
Published: SAGE Publications 2018
Volume: 13
Issue: 1
Pages: 78-85
Document types: article
Language: English
Level: advanced