The effects of age and expertise upon perceptual skill development in a racquet sport

Abernethy, B. (1988) The effects of age and expertise upon perceptual skill development in a racquet sport. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 59 3: 210-221. doi:10.1080/02701367.1988.10605506

Author Abernethy, B.
Title The effects of age and expertise upon perceptual skill development in a racquet sport
Journal name Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0270-1367
Publication date 1988-01-01
Year available 1988
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/02701367.1988.10605506
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 59
Issue 3
Start page 210
End page 221
Total pages 12
Place of publication RESTON
Language eng
Subject 2732 Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
3612 Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
2727 Nephrology
Abstract Matched samples of expert and novice badminton players from 12 yrs (.h - 12), 15 yrs (h - 14), 18 yrs (n - 8), and adult (h - 55) age groups were tested on a film task designed to simulate the perceptual demands of the sport of badminton. In the first half of the film task subjects were presented with varying degrees of temporal information both leading up to, and following, the opponent's contact with the shuttle and were required to predict the landing position of the shuttle from the information available. The expert group, unlike the novice group, showed a progression to earlier informationrextraction as a function of age although it was only at the adult level that the anticipatory performance of the expert players significantly exceeded that of their novice counterparts. In the second half of the film task the display teas manipulated by masking visibility to a number ofpotential sources of advance information. Under these occlusion conditions experts, irrespective of age, were found to extract critical anticipatory information from both the racquet and the arm holding the racquet, whereas novices, of all ages, appeared only capable of using cues arising from the racquet itself. Collectively, these data indicated the presence of systematic differences between the perceptual skills of experts and novices which transcend development age.
Keyword Hospitality, Leisure, Sport & Tourism
Psychology, Applied
Sport Sciences
Social Sciences - Other Topics
Sport Sciences
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences Publications
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