The effects of fatigue on decision making and shooting skill performance in water polo players

Royal, Kylie A., Farrow, Damian, Mujika, Inigo, Halson, Shona L., Pyne, David and Abernethy, Bruce (2006) The effects of fatigue on decision making and shooting skill performance in water polo players. Journal of Sports Sciences, 24 8: 807-815. doi:10.1080/02640410500188928

Author Royal, Kylie A.
Farrow, Damian
Mujika, Inigo
Halson, Shona L.
Pyne, David
Abernethy, Bruce
Title The effects of fatigue on decision making and shooting skill performance in water polo players
Journal name Journal of Sports Sciences   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0264-0414
Publication date 2006
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/02640410500188928
Volume 24
Issue 8
Start page 807
End page 815
Total pages 9
Place of publication Abingdon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Subject 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
Abstract The aim of this study was to assess the effects of fatigue on decision making and goal shooting skill in water polo. Fourteen junior elite male players (age 17.2 +/- 0.5 years; mass 84.2 +/- 7.6 kg; height 1.85 +/- 0.05 in) completed four sets of eight repetitions of an approximately 18 s maximal water polo specific drill. Progressively declining rest ratios for each successive set of the drill were employed to induce increasing fatigue and reflect the demands of match-play. A video-based temporally occluded decision-making task (verbalized response to various tactical situations) or goal shooting skill test (qualitative and quantitative analysis of goal shooting) was performed after each set. Heart rate, rating of perceived exertion (RPE) and blood lactate concentration were recorded. Heart rate (159 +/- 12, 168 +/- 13, 176 +/- 12, 181 +/- 12 Deats min(-1), P < 0.001) and RPE (13.1 +/- 2.2, 15.5 +/- 1.7, 17.3 +/- 1.6, 19.1 +/- 1.1; P < 0.001) increased with declining rest ratios. At very high fatigue, decision-making accuracy was 18.0 +/- 21.8% better than at low fatigue (P= 0.008). Shooting accuracy and velocity were unaffected by incremental fatigue; however, skill proficiency (technique) decreased by 43 + 24% between the pre-test and high-fatigue conditions (P < 0.001). In conclusion, incremental increases in fatigue differentially influenced decision making (improved) relative to the technical performance (declined), accuracy and speed of the ball (unchanged) of a water polo goal shot.
Keyword decision making
technical skill
water polo
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) - Collection
School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences Publications
Version Filter Type
Citation counts: TR Web of Science Citation Count  Cited 76 times in Thomson Reuters Web of Science Article | Citations
Scopus Citation Count Cited 79 times in Scopus Article | Citations
Google Scholar Search Google Scholar
Created: Fri, 25 Jan 2008, 16:54:43 EST