Embodied planning in climbing: how pre-planning informs motor execution

Vicente Luis del Campo, Jesús Morenas Martín, Lisa Musculus-Schönenborn, Markus Raab

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Introduction: The aim of the study is to address embodied planning in climbing.Embodied planning was conceptualized as the interaction between perceptual-cognitive pre-planning and motor execution.Methods: In an experimental study, 18 climbers were asked to pre-plan aclimbing route and to perform the route afterward. During pre-planning, thevisual search pattern of climbers was captured using a portable eye tracker. Afterpreviewing, they were invited to climb the wall.Results: Results revealed that holds looked at during pre-planning were usedtwice as much during route execution than those not looked at. The duration offixations was longer for holds used than those not used during route execution.The experience of climbers (training years) correlated with visual strategies andclimbing performance, such that experienced participants climbed faster andfixated at the holds not used for a shorter time.Discussion: The visual behaviors of climbers were influenced by their pastsensorimotor experiences during route previewing, impacting. subsequentclimbing performance
Original languageEnglish
JournalFrontiers in psychology
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 19.02.2024


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