What’s This Research About?

It’s good to have more than one movement strategy in order to adapt to small changes in task, equipment, personal state. This can also help with preventing injuries. Elite athletes and skilled laborers have good movement variability.

Plenty of previous research shows that external focus of attention is effective during goal-directed movement tasks (standing balance, dart throwing, jump height and distance). There’s also research that shows that external focus can increase movement variability.

The goal of this study is to determine how shifting attentional focus might alter movement variability. The researchers hypothesized that adopting an external focus (instead of internal focus) of attention would cause greater movement variability (greater performance-stabilizing variability and performance-destabilizing variability).

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