Postural stability and hand preference as constraints on one-handed catching performance in children

ANGELAKOPOULOS, G T, DAVIDS, K, BENNETT, S J, TSORBATZOUDIS, H and GROUIOS, G (2006). Postural stability and hand preference as constraints on one-handed catching performance in children. Journal of Motor Behavior, 37 (5), 377-385.

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Effects of postural state and hand preference as constraints on 1-handed catching performance were investigated in different ability groups of children aged 9-10 years. On the basis of pretest data, the authors classified 48 participants into groups of good, intermediate, and poor catchers (n = 16 in each) and asked them to perform 1-handed catches with their preferred and nonpreferred hands while standing and sitting. The good catchers' performance was not affected by the imposed postural constraints but did improve when they used the preferred hand. A similar effect of hand preference was evident in the intermediate and poor catchers, but there was also an effect of postural constraint. Independent of hand preference, intermediate catchers' performance while seated improved significantly compared with that during standing. For poor catchers, there was an interaction between hand preference and posture; significant improvement was evident only when they used the preferred hand in the sitting condition. The finding that manipulation of posture and hand preference affected performance outcomes indicates that perceptual skill is not the only influence on catching performance in children. Manipulation of those key constraints may facilitate the acquisition of catching skill, but more research is needed to determine the permanence of those effects.

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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: 377-385
Depositing User: Carole Harris
Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2011 09:37
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2021 00:31

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