Investigating the representative nature of perceptual research experiments:(Re)understanding football goalkeepers expertise

Franks, Benjamin, Roberts, William M ORCID: 0000-0001-5736-5244 and Jakeman, John (2019) Investigating the representative nature of perceptual research experiments:(Re)understanding football goalkeepers expertise. In: Expertise and Skill Acquisition Network (ESAN), 1-3 May, 2019, St Mary's University, Twickenham.

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Abstract

Amidst the continued theorising and objective epistemological approach to perceptual research (Michaels and Beek, 1995), there remains little clarity regarding what information athletes use to direct decision making in performance settings (Dicks et al, 2010). There is now a consensus that skilled performance is subject to an athletes ability to locate and interpret key specifying information (Vickers, 2006). However, experimental design often fails to represent the performance environment (Vaeyens, 2007; Williams and Grant, 1999). The Quiet Eye (QE) depicts the final fixation towards a specific location within 3* of visual angle for a minimum of 100m/s (Vickers, 2016). It is reasonable to suggest that QE describes the variable to examine the relationship between perception and action (Panchuk and Vickers, 2006). Eye Tracking Glasses (SMI-ETG) were used to capture eye behaviour of professional goalkeepers. QE data will be collected in the traditional penalty kick design (Dicks et al, 2010; Piras and Vickers, 2011) and a novel dynamic task with a moving ball. 4 goalkeepers took part in both conditions over the course of a season. Using a vision-in-action method (modified from Klostermann et al, 2018) QE data was extracted and two tailed independent t-tests applied across the two trial conditions. Findings were significant across all QE measures (onset, offset, duration and location) and performance measures (number of saves). Implications exist for pursuing more representative experimental conditions to understand goalkeeping expertise. We also offer support for practitioners designing goalkeeper training programmes.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Additional Information: DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.30615.01442
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV557 Sports > GV0711 Coaching
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV557 Sports
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Sport and Exercise > Sports Leadership, Education & Society
Research Priority Areas: Sport, Exercise, Health & Wellbeing
Depositing User: Will Roberts
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2019 15:41
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2019 15:41
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/7001

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