Perceptual Judgments of Sports Officials are Influenced by their Motor and Visual Experience

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Abstract

We examined the relation between previous motor and visual experience and current officiating experience of expert judges and referees and their judgments from an embodied cognition viewpoint. A total of 370 sports officials from soccer, handball, ice hockey, and trampoline took part in the study. Analyses revealed that cognitive judgments are related to motor, visual, and officiating experience to different degrees in the analyzed sports. Our findings indicate that, depending on the sport, sports officials should either specialize early in officiating, or gather visuo-motor experience as an athlete or spectator first, and then switch roles to become a sports official.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Applied Sport Psychology
Volume24
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)59-72
Number of pages14
ISSN1041-3200
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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