Table 2 also shows the data relative to the velocity and space tr

Table 2 also shows the data relative to the velocity and space travelled in the vertical components of the CM��s movement at the moment of the ball��s release (VZ-REL and eZ-REL, respectively) as well as 100 ms before the release (VZ-100 and eZ-100, respectively). The measures BI 6727 of central tendency on the goalkeepers�� vertical movements show statistically significant differences between expert and inexperienced subjects (F(1, 68) = 4.96, p = 0.03). During the anticipation period, the experts demonstrated a clear tendency to lower their CM with a slower velocity than did their counterparts (VZ-REL) (?0.16 �� 0.21 and ?0.32 �� 0.33, respectively) and therefore moved a shorter distance at the moment of the ball��s release (ez-REL) (?0.03 �� 0.045m and ?0.055 �� 0.085m, respectively).

This lesser vertical movement of the CM in expert goalkeepers is substantiated by the values recorded for maximum vertical velocity during the anticipation phase (VZ-MAX), which was less for expert players than for inexperienced ones (?0.16 �� 0.22 m/s and ?0.24 �� 0.42 m/s, respectively). Moreover, the spatial data as well as the data on velocity components show less dispersion in expert goalkeepers. Discussion and conclusions As might be expected, the differences in the performance of both test groups confirm that the elite goalkeepers were efficient at gathering and interpreting information during the anticipation period, which was subsequently used to determine a precise intercepting movement with a higher percentage of success.

However, the inexperienced goalkeepers intercepted fewer throws, found it difficult to anticipate and identify the path of the throws, and more frequently moved in incorrect directions. When they moved in correct directions, they lacked sufficient precision. These results coincide with those of Ca?al-Bruland et al. (2010) and Vignais et al. (2009), who state that the ability to intercept a ball comes from precise technical execution, specifically of arm movements, and the ability to perceive cues up to the moment the ball leaves the player��s hand. The data gathered from the start of the goalkeepers�� movements, (TSTART-X) corroborate the studies of Savelsbergh et al. (2002, 2005) in which elite goalkeepers tended to begin movement before the thrower released the ball. The minor temporal difference in elite and inexperienced goalkeepers supports the study by Vignais et al.

(2009) reporting a similar response time between groups with varying experience levels. Nonetheless, the statistical values for the start of lateral movement, (TSTART-X), are lower than those of Savelsbergh et al. (2002), who measured 230 ms for soccer goalkeeper using a joystick. These differences could be attributed to the Batimastat different movement structures analyzed: in our study, a complex body movement to intercept a ball, and a simple joystick movement in Savelsbergh et al. (2002).

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