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Expert anticipatory skill in striking sports: A review and a model

Müller, S.ORCID: 0000-0001-5777-4953 and Abernethy, B. (2012) Expert anticipatory skill in striking sports: A review and a model. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 83 (2). pp. 175-187.

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Expert performers in striking sports can hit objects moving at high speed with incredible precision. Exceptionally well developed anticipation skills are necessary to cope with the severe constraints on interception. In this paper, we provide a review of the empirical evidence regarding expert interception in striking sports and propose a preliminary model of expert anticipation. Central to the review and the model is the notion that the visual information used to guide the sequential phases of the striking action is systematically different between experts and nonexperts. Knowing the factors that contribute to expert anticipation, and how anticipation may guide skilled performance in striking sports, has practical implications for assessment and training across skill levels.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Chiropractic and Sports Science
Publisher: American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance
Copyright: © 2012 by the American Alliance for Health
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