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    Does anticipation of penalty kicks in soccer transfer across similar and dissimilar sports?

    Andrew, Matthew ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2007-910X and Causer, Joe (2022) Does anticipation of penalty kicks in soccer transfer across similar and dissimilar sports? Cognitive Processing, 23 (3). pp. 459-465. ISSN 1612-4782

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    Abstract

    The aim of the present study was to examine whether anticipation skill associated with penalty-kick scenarios is sport-specific, or whether it transfers between sports that have similar elements. A shortened participation history questionnaire was used to identify 97 soccer players, 47 invasion sport players (e.g., rugby), and 72 other sport players (e.g., swimming), as well as skill level (hours of engagement/competition level). These participants completed a video-based temporal occlusion anticipation test that required them to select the destination of the ball across a series of soccer penalty scenarios. Results indicated that the skilled soccer players were more accurate than the skilled and less-skilled invasion sport players and skilled and less-skilled other sport players. Skilled soccer players were also more accurate than the less-skilled soccer players, with less-skilled soccer players exhibiting similar accuracy to both the skilled and less-skilled invasion sport and other sport players indicating that processes associated with anticipation of penalty kicks may be specific to their sport.

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