Dual-task assessment of a sporting skill: influence of task complexity and relationship with competitive performances

Gabbett, Tim J. and Abernethy, Bruce (2012) Dual-task assessment of a sporting skill: influence of task complexity and relationship with competitive performances. Journal of Sports Sciences, 30 16: 1735-1745. doi:10.1080/02640414.2012.713979


Author Gabbett, Tim J.
Abernethy, Bruce
Title Dual-task assessment of a sporting skill: influence of task complexity and relationship with competitive performances
Journal name Journal of Sports Sciences   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0264-0414
1466-447X
Publication date 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/02640414.2012.713979
Volume 30
Issue 16
Start page 1735
End page 1745
Total pages 11
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract We investigated the effect of increases in task complexity on the dual-task draw-and-pass performance of professional rugby league players. Moreover, we determined the relationship between dual-task draw-and-pass proficiency measured in isolation and draw-and-pass performances as they occurred in actual competitive matches. In Study 1, 12 rugby league players performed 2-on-1 and 3-on-2 attacking drills under single (primary skill) and dual-task (primary skill performed in conjunction with secondary-task) conditions. Reductions in draw-and-pass performance occurred when task complexity was increased from the 2-on-1 to the 3-on-2 situation. In Study 2, 58 rugby league players undertook the dual-task draw-and-pass assessment. Players then competed in National Rugby League matches with video footage coded for the number of tries scored and the activities that led to the try. A total of 303 tries were scored with 150 (49.5%) tries scored from a draw-and-pass situation. Significant associations were detected between 2-on-1 dual-task draw-and-pass performance in the isolated test condition and draw-and-pass performances in competition. These studies provide evidence of (i) the greater attentional demands of the skill of drawing-and-passing in elite team sport athletes when more players are involved and (ii) the practical utility of off-field dual-task testing in supplying information predictive of skills performance in competition.
Keyword Skill learning
Training
Skill
Automaticity
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
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