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Sport and fitness sciences
Introduction: The ability to successfully complete a pass in football can positively impact the result of the game. While previous work has identified the importance of perceptual behaviours before and during passing action, there is a paucity of research analysing the impact of training interventions on pass performance.
Methods: A tri-phasic approach was employed to assess the impact of training with spatial occlusion goggles. Each phase was designed to assess participants’ ability to control and pass a football during a representative experimental task. The study design consisted of a pre-test, 2-week training intervention, post-test and 2-week retention test.
Results: Significant improvements in response accuracy (ppp
Conclusion: Findings suggest that guiding the visual system away from the lower limbs while receiving a football and towards relevant information, the movement of a particular participant, within the environment can improve pass accuracy and speed of pass following a training intervention with occlusion goggles.
Alan Dunton, Cian O’Neill & Edward K. Coughlan (2020) The impact of a spatial occlusion training intervention on pass accuracy across a continuum of representative experimental design in football, Science and Medicine in Football, 4:4, 269-277, DOI: 10.1080/24733938.2020.1745263