Attunement to haptic information helps skilled performers select implements for striking a ball in cricket

Headrick, Jonathon, Renshaw, Ian, Pinder, Ross A., & Davids, Keith (2012) Attunement to haptic information helps skilled performers select implements for striking a ball in cricket. Attention, Perception, and Psychophysics.

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This study examined the perceptual attunement of relatively skilled individuals to physical properties of striking implements in the sport of cricket. We also sought to assess whether utilising bats of different physical properties influenced performance of a specific striking action: the front foot straight drive. Eleven, skilled male cricketers (mean age = 16.6 ± 0.3 years) from an elite school cricket development programme consented to participate in the study. Whist blindfolded, participants wielded six bats exhibiting different mass and moment of inertia (MOI) characteristics and were asked to identify their three most preferred bats for hitting a ball to a maximum distance by performing a front foot straight drive (a common shot in cricket). Next, participants actually attempted to hit balls projected from a ball machine using each of the six bat configurations to enable kinematic analysis of front foot straight drive performance with each implement. Results revealed that, on first choice, the two bats with the smallest mass and MOI values (1 and 2) were most preferred by almost two-thirds (63.7%) of the participants. Kinematic analysis of movement patterns revealed that bat velocity, step length and bat-ball contact position measures significantly differed between bats. Data revealed how skilled youth cricketers were attuned to the different bat characteristics and harnessed movement system degeneracy to perform this complex interceptive action.

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ID Code: 53559
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Springer 'Online First' publication
Keywords: Haptics, Perception and action, Goal-directed movements, Degeneracy, Cricket
DOI: 10.3758/s13414-012-0368-y
ISSN: 1943-393X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Springer
Copyright Statement: The original publication is available at SpringerLink
Deposited On: 11 Sep 2012 22:14
Last Modified: 13 Sep 2012 03:21

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