Perception of Barbell Velocity: Can Individuals Accurately Perceive Changes in Velocity?

SHAW, Matthew, THOMPSON, Stephen, MYRANUET, Per Aslak, TONHEIM, Håvard, NIELSEN, Johnny and STEELE, James (2023). Perception of Barbell Velocity: Can Individuals Accurately Perceive Changes in Velocity? International Journal of Strength & Conditioning, 3 (1).

Thompson-PerceptionOfBarbellVelocity(VoR).pdf - Published Version
Creative Commons Attribution.

Download (473kB) | Preview
Official URL:
Open Access URL: (Published)


The aim of the study was to investigate whether resistance-trained participants can accurately predict changes in barbell velocity, specifically in the deadlift exercise, without feedback from velocity based training (VBT) devices. Seventeen participants (16 male, 1 female; age = 24.7 ± 3.8) were randomized in a counterbalanced, crossover design two experimental sessions that consisted of three sets of Deadlift at 60-and-80% one-repetition maximum (1RM). The number of repetitions were determined by the participants as they were asked to terminate each set when they felt the barbell velocity had reduced by 20%, relative to repetition one. A binomial mixed effects regression model was used to assess the accuracy of participants ability to stop after reaching at least 20% velocity loss. Participants tended to underestimate their proximity to 20% velocity loss and thus had relatively low probability of correctly stopping after reaching this threshold. There was only a 10.49% probability that people could perceive at least 20% velocity loss greater than chance (i.e., 50% probability). Our data, suggests that most participants cannot accurately perceive changes in velocity without exposure to augmented feedback.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number:
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 17 Apr 2023 10:46
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2023 16:00

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item


Downloads per month over past year

View more statistics