The effects of high- and low-anxiety training on the anticipation judgments of elite performers

David Alder, Paul R. Ford, Joe Causer, A. Mark Williams

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Abstract

We examined the effects of high-versus low-anxiety conditions during video-based training of anticipation judgments using international-level badminton players facing serves and the transfer to high-anxiety and field-based conditions. Players were assigned to a high-anxiety training (HA), low-anxiety training (LA) or control group (CON) in a pretraining-posttest design. In the pre- and posttest, players anticipated serves from video and on court under high- and low-anxiety conditions. In the video-based high-anxiety pretest, anticipation response accuracy was lower and final fixations shorter when compared with the low-anxiety pretest. In the low-anxiety posttest, HA and LA demonstrated greater accuracy of judgments and longer final fixations compared with pretest and CON. In the high-anxiety posttest, HA maintained accuracy when compared with the low-anxiety posttest, whereas LA had lower accuracy. In the on-court posttest, the training groups demonstrated greater accuracy of judgments compared with the pretest and CON.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93-104
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Sport and Exercise Psychology
Volume38
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2016

Keywords

  • Expert performance
  • Perceptual-cognitive skill
  • Pressure training

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