Visual behaviors of soccer players while kicking with the inside of the foot

Tomohisa Nagano, Takaaki Kato, Tadahiko Fukuda

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Abstract

This study analyzed the visual behaviors of soccer players while they kicked with the inside of the foot, which involved near and far aiming skills. Participants (N = 8) were required to step forward and kick a ball to hit a target. The top three scorers were defined as the High-score group, and the three low scorers were defined as the Low-score group. Analysis indicated that the High-score group was characterized by longer quiet eye durations, which were defined as the final fixation durations on the target prior to the initiation of a kicking movement, than the Low-score group in the preparation phase. The High-score group also set their visual pivot on the frontal space between the target and the ball in the kicking phase. These two visual behaviors of the High-score group are important for soccer players to kick a ball successfully with the inside of the foot.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)147-156
Number of pages10
JournalPerceptual and Motor Skills
Volume102
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Feb 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Sensory Systems

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