Date of Award

2011

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.H.K.

Department

Kinesiology

First Advisor

Mcnevin, Nancy (Kinesiology)

Keywords

Physical Education.

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

The rational for this study comes from previous investigations focused on suprapostural tasks that assessed the effect of lower limb manipulation or cognitive tasks on posture. Despite soccer's widespread popularity, there seems to be a lack of investigation on the effect of attentional focus on soccer skills. The present study assessed the effect of attentional focus on a pedal suprapostural (soccer) task on pass accuracy and stance and kicking legs' relative timing. It was hypothesized that inducing external focus of attention would result in superior suprapostural performance defined as higher accuracy and lower errors. The results did not support the hypothesis; however, it is believed that discreteness of the task, short duration of practice and rate on interventions caused instructions not to be effective on soccer wall pass. It is suggested future studies will hold more practice with more trials involved in order to reveal the effects of attentional focus condition on similar tasks.

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