The role of a vertical reference point in changing gait regulation in cricket run-ups

GREENWOOD, Daniel, DAVIDS, Keith and RENSHAW, Ian (2016). The role of a vertical reference point in changing gait regulation in cricket run-ups. European Journal of Sport Science, 16 (7), 794-800.

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The need to identify information sources which facilitate a functional coupling of perception and action in representative practice contexts is an important challenge for sport scientists and coaches. The current study investigated the role of visual information in regulating athlete gait behaviours during a locomotor pointing task in cricket. Integration of experiential knowledge of elite coaches and theoretical understanding from previous empirical research led us to investigate whether the presence of an umpire would act as a vertical informational constraint that could constrain the emergent coordination tendencies of cricket bowlers' run-up patterns. To test this idea, umpire presence was manipulated during run-ups of 10 elite medium-fast bowlers. As hypothesised, removal of the umpire from the performance environment did not result in an inability to regulate gait to intercept a target, however, the absence of this informational constraint resulted in the emergence of different movement patterns in participant run-ups. Significantly lower standard deviation values of heel-to-crease distances were observed in the umpire condition at multiple steps, compared to performance in the no-umpire condition. Manipulation of this informational constraint altered gait regulation of participants, offering a mechanism to understand how perception-action couplings can be varied during performance in locomotor pointing tasks in sport.

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Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Centre for Sports Engineering Research
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Page Range: 794-800
Depositing User: Carole Harris
Date Deposited: 27 May 2016 11:45
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 00:30

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