Gaze Behaviors During Serve Returns in Tennis: A Comparison Between Intermediate- and High-Skill Players

Sáenz-Moncaleano, Camilo and Basevitch, Itay and Tenenbaum, Gershon (2018) Gaze Behaviors During Serve Returns in Tennis: A Comparison Between Intermediate- and High-Skill Players. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 40 (2). pp. 49-59. ISSN 1543-2904

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Abstract

The authors studied gaze behaviors in high- and intermediate-skill tennis players while they performed tennis serve returns. Participants returned 40 serves in 4 serve locations while wearing a mobile eye tracker. The ball’s flight path was deconstructed into 3 distinct locations (i.e., ball before bouncing on surface, the bounce area, and ball after bouncing on surface), and gaze behaviors along with quiet-eye (QE) onset and durations were recorded. Results revealed that (a) high-skill players exhibited better return shots than their lower skill counterparts, (b) high-skill players and high-score shots were characterized by longer fixation durations on the ball at prebounce, and (c) longer QE durations were observed for high-skill players and high-score shots. Findings provide valuable insight into the relationship between gaze behaviors, QE, and performance in fast-pace interceptive sports.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Accepted author manuscript version reprinted, by permission, from Journal of Sport Management, 2018, 40(2): 49-59, https://doi.org/10.1123/jsep.2017-0253. © Human Kinetics, Inc.
Keywords: expertise, quiet eye, movement initiation
Faculty: Faculty of Science & Technology
Depositing User: Itay Basevitch
Date Deposited: 29 May 2018 12:39
Last Modified: 13 Jul 2018 10:47
URI: http://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/703066

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