Finding the Happy Medium: An Analysis of Gaze Behavior Strategies in a Representative Task Design of Soccer Penalties

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In a field study, we conducted a soccer penalty experiment in which players had to detect the goalkeeper's movement during the run-up. We tested subjects under two conditions: the center-looking (perceiving both stimuli peripherally) and the free gaze strategy (foveal gaze on either the ball or the goalkeeper, or saccades). The center-looking strategy was superior when it came to detecting goalkeeper movements; with respect to the number of scored goals, no difference could be detected. Future research should investigate whether appropriate training in the use of the center-looking strategy might lead to a higher number of scored goals.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Applied Sport Psychology
Volume26
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)172-181
ISSN1041-3200
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Publication statusPublished - 2014

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